Yung Abundance is the professional name of North Carolina Hip-hop artist and entrepreneur, Antonio Spears. Since childhood, music has been central in Spears’ life. Even upon graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and moving on to corporate America, his love for music never faded. He eventually felt the creative urge to dive into the business that he loved. So, Antonio started his company S & M Media Group LLC, published a book and then got down to making music.
All of his releases in recent years have come from his group 9Ten Mobb. With a series of singles and a full length album under their belt, the troupe has been making a name for themselves in and out of their 910 area code since 2014. “9Ten Mobb Affiliate” is Yung Abundance’s debut solo LP. The nineteen song collection is a richly layered body of work, showcasing his love of R&B, Hip-hop and Pop from eras spanning the past forty years of popular music.
Spears refers to his style as, “Smooth Turn Up Music.” Over chill, downtempo grooves he delivers tales of his success in business, music and love. The artist’s music is fueled by his passion for and love of music, family and especially women. As a songwriter, Yung incorporates a wide range of musical genres. He lists artists as diverse as Notorious BIG and Rick James as influences. Their shadow is present on his new album, but the artist’s own talent and vision are at the center of his sound.
From the opening dedication of the introductory “Won’t He Do It,” to the final fading notes of “Gone,” Yung Abundance creates his own world of smooth R&B fueled Hip-hop on “9Ten Mobb Affiliate.” As he moves through the record, the beats gradually shift back and forth from modern Trap grooves (“Slide,” “Facetime,” “Warning Shots”), to classic soul (“So High,” “House Slippers, “Set You Free”), Dancehall Reggae (“Fuh Di Dancehall”) and more.
There is definitely an 80’s R&B influence here, including a cool Prince vibe on a number of tracks (“Hood Kover Girl,” “Would You Like”). “Llac Musiz” even has a brief shoutout to the Purple One, as well as others. Throughout the record, Yung Abundance ties these styles and grooves together with a cool, laid back flow and smooth, sexy rhymes.
Special guest appearances on the album include Antonio’s 9Ten Mobb family (Dmaxxx, Millz, Dee Raw & Adrian Acapella), Nisha Cash , Big Mike of Day 26, J. Lamaar, JuJu, Nicoleigh and Jamel. Production from Showdown Beats, Ric & Thadues, DJ Pain1, Majestic Drama, Xavior Jordan, Diesel Beats, Say-T, Flawless Tracks & NY Bangers. Engineering conducted by Laphelle Taylor via Soul Lab Studios.
You can hear the track “If I” on the Deep Indie Beat playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Yung Abundance. Stay in the know on all of the current and future S & M Media/9Ten Mobb projects.