Born Yannick M’baye in the West African nation of Togo, Yann knows the true meaning of the word “struggle.” Life was hard, and like so many kids from his generation worldwide, he found solace in hip hop. He still remembers being eight years old and seeing the “Hip Hop Hooray” video for the first time. From there, his fandom progressed like so many of his peers—Tupac and Biggie, Nas and Ma$e, and the list goes on. Yours Truly, Yann’s first official EP, dropped on May 12th 2015. The EP is his first true artistic statement, touching on all the experiences that have defined his life until now. “Yours Truly is me coming into my own lane on the music scene, representing hip hop first and foremost, Togo, Spokane, and all those who have believed in me up until now.