Following the 2017 release of Alive Sessions, in which Chris Williams, aka YUNG Citizen, brought along a bunch of friends to showcase the local hip-hop and R&B scenes, last year he came back with the F.I.T. EP, featuring four tracks produced and performed by him. The EP reminded everybody why YUNG isn’t just a connector, but a powerhouse of Charlotte music unto himself.
Today, he premieres the second video from that May release, this one for “I Wish”, a follow up to his first single “Feel In Tune“, the title track for the acronymic F.I.T. EP. In “I Wish”, YUNG strives to make a flashy video to bring in more engagement from fans, only to come across a carnivalesque music video peddler standing in front of a stately home in the Charlotte suburbs. YUNG proceeds to shoot his flashy video before finding … well, you can watch the video to find out the rest.
The song, an ironic look at the materialistic nature of hip-hop that YUNG has long fought to separate himself from, was inspired by the 2016 flick Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which a suburban couple’s (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) seemingly perfect neighbors (Gal Gadot, Jon Hamm) turn out to be secret agents. The track, produced by YUNG Citizen and $terl, samples the prologue of the musical Into the Woods, which YUNG heard in the background of a friend’s Instagram story, then brought to the studio to chop up.
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