Yatta Bandz Has To “Find My Way”
Just two years into his career, 21-year-old Bay Area native Yatta Bandz already commands a legion of fans who stream his catalog millions of times per week. Preparing for his next collection of romantic and relatable rap tunes, Yatta Bandz announces TUFF LUV, his next project. The follow-up to his successful debut project Perfect Storm (over 100 million streams across platforms), TUFF LUV demonstrates Yatta’s ability to succinctly and emotionally describe matters of the heart, distilling complicated situations into memorable hooks with his conversational melodies. Featuring appearances from 3Breezy and Tatiana Mana, and featuring recent singles “Way Out West“ (3.4 million total streams) and “Hard Headed” (450k YouTube views in only 2 weeks), TUFF LUV drops on August 18th via EMPIRE.
Along with the announcement of the project, Yatta Bandz shares “Find My Way,” his new single. Floating atop snapping fingers and gentle electric guitar curlicues, Yatta switches from fast-paced conversational melody to pained shouts as he discusses explores how time can cause people to change. Displaying his devotion and hoping to rediscover the spark in a lost relationship, Yatta promises his love that he will wait as long as it takes for her to realize that he is Mr. Right: “Through the rain or the sun/Even when your heart ain’t mine/Even if it might take time/You know I will wait.”
Born in Hayward, an East Bay city south of Oakland and north of Fremont, Yatta endured a rough childhood, experiencing periods of homelessness during his elementary school years. He found refuge from his hardships with his love of music, immersing himself in the discographies of artists like Juice WRLD, J. Cole, XXXTentacion, and Polo G. Yatta first found an outlet for his creativity by posting his original freestyles on Instagram, building a following that naturally followed him to SoundCloud, where he released underground hits like “Loyalty” and “Somebody,” and to YouTube, where he cultivated a following of over 202k subscribers. Yatta broke out in a big way in 2022 with the release of singles like “Don’t Go” (23.4 million Spotify streams, 7.1 million YouTube views) and “Unseen Scars” (23.2 million Spotify streams, 3.1 million views on YouTube audio), both of which can be found on Perfect Storm, his debut album.
With the upcoming TUFF LUV, Yatta hopes to expand beyond the Bay and earn some national recognition. Stay tuned for much more from the 21-year-old rapper very soon.
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