DA YOUNGER (RAP ARTIST)
1.) Tell us about yourself and your childhood?
My name is Ryan Haynes also known as "Da Younger". I'm a recording artist, model and overall entertainer. I was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 13th, 1990. I was always deeply involved in church and gained a love for music at a very young age by playing the piano. I played the piano by ear, even though I never learned how to read music. Later in my childhood, my parents moved to Des Moines, Iowa where I would later graduate from Valley High School in 2009. I became serious about music when I released from prison and partnered up with my manager, Porsche Lee, who believed in me. From there, the rest is history. I released my music to the public and the fans started to follow my journey.
2.) Tell us a about a challenging time in your life and what lessons you learned from it?
One challenging time in my life is when I went to prison in 2013, for a crime I did not commit. I was wrongfully persecuted because I would not speak on the incident. After 3 years behind bars, I appealed and beat the case. They did not have enough evidence to convict me therefore I was a free man. During this time hard I worked on improving myself. I saw how quickly freedom could be taken away from me and I returned to society with a newfound appreciation. From that point on I became more focused than ever.
3.) What motivates you to follow and pursue your passion?
My lost brothers are my motivation. I lost many good friends and individuals close to me. I now strive to be the best I can for their families and young ones. One individual in particular that motivates me every day is my close friend Darnell “Doodie” Lee. He was killed this year and it has changed my life in a major way. “Doodie was one of the most positive individuals I knew and someone that was always in my corner, so I have to do this for him.”
4.) What advice would you give to the new up and coming artist?
To all the upcoming artists, I can only say,
“Have a plan and never ease up, and be appreciative of your support team. Without them we are a lost cause. It is also important to stay humble throughout the process, because it can all be taken away with a blink of an eye”.
5.) Have you or how do you do you contribute to the community?
I am active in the community alongside my manager who keeps me active in many ways. I have performed and spoke to children at 1st Annual Back to School Giveaway, The Hip Hop for the Wounded Warriors Project, Biggz Big World for Breast Cancer Awareness, and many other events. I am always seeking opportunities to help the community.
6.) Who do you look up to besides your parents?
One of the individuals that I look up to is my manager, Porsche Lee, who I believe is one of the strongest people I know. She moves different and I learn from it every day. When I first met her, I thought I knew what hard work was. But she was even harder on me and I appreciated it. She is more than a manager, I love that lady.
7.) What are your goals in the next 5 years?
My goal is to have a fan base of a few million and to be able to give back to my community. I want to continue to grow and show my passion for music all over the world.
8.) What is your motto in life?
"A man's character is not based on how well he plans for things to go great, but how he stands up when everything goes wrong."
9.) How did you find out about Made4Mankind Clothing?
I found out about Made4Mankind Clothing when I saw a young man randomly walking downtown and saw a hoodie that he had on. I gave a quick compliment and wanted to know where the young man got the hoodie from, and and it was from Made4Mankind Clothing. From there, my manager later told me all about Made4Mankind Clothing and I was on board ever since.
10.) What do you know about Made4Mankind Clothing?
I know that Made4Mankind has some of the hottest gear out in the city. They make sure that they give their customers good quality and keep them in the latest fashion.
11.) If you could do a collaboration with Made4Mankind Clothing, what kind of apparel would you choose and why? (T-shirt, Hat, Accessories, Etc.)
If I could do a collaboration with Made4Mankind Clothing, I would choose hats and accessories. Made4Mankind Clothing would definitely put a fresh take on items for the fans. If I was able to get a sponsorship, I would wear the clothes at every event.
** MAKE SURE YOU GUYS FOLLOW DA YOUNGER. HE IS AN AMAZING AND TALENTED UP AND COMING ARTIST FROM THE DES MOINES AREA. HE IS ON THE RISE. **