Just now prepping the release of his debut album,Yonas has already garnered much acclaim and early success in his career. In 2008, the Bronx, New Yorknative released his first project, 2008’s The Goldern Era, earning a Billboard Songwriting Award forBest Hip Hop/Rap Songand a nomination from theIndependent Music Awards for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year. His next release, the I Am UsEP received over 50,000 downloads, and since then Yonas has been putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming album and official debut, The Proven Theory, which will be released on April 25th. Now, as the album release date approaches, Yonas is treating fans to the forthcoming album’s first single, “Fall Back.”
On “Fall Back,” producer Sean Divine provides a dark, bass heavy beat complete with keys and distorted guitars for Yonas’ passion-filled lyrics. “‘Fall Back,’ to me, expresses exactly what it is that I feel, and what it is a lot of us feel daily, and that’s the feeling that we’re misunderstood,” explains Yonas. “I wanted to draw attention to the fact that we all fight through our emotions to survive for not only ourselves, but for the people that depend on us.” From start to finish, Yonas’ power with words is evident, as raps, “I feel like my tank is on E/ This damn ship is sinkin’ on me/ But I got people bankin’ on me/ So I fight through what they cannot see.”
The Proven Theory will be available April 25th, 2011.
The son of a Ugandan mother and Ethiopian father, Yonas was in tune with music at a very young age. He learned how to play violin at 5 and attended a program at Julliard while in middle school. Taking a full-time approach to music after receiving his GED, Yonas’s very first project, The New Golden Era, released in 2008, earned him a Billboard Songwriting Award for Best Hip Hop/Rap Song. His next release, the I Am Us EP, received over 50,000 downloads. Backed by his material, the MC began sharing stages with acts such as Pharoahe Monch, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T. to name a few. Now, for 2011 and beyond, Yonas’ goal with his live shows and official debut, The Proven Theory, which will be released April 25, 2011 is simple, to be a “universal artist.”