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Full length of 2022 Unleashed Podcast Episode 129 featuring Yung Pinch
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Yung Pinch | UNLEASHED

Apr 182022

Turn up the volume for this one! Monster Energy is proud to welcome California hip-hop phenomenon Yung Pinch, full name Blake Sandoval, on Episode 29 of UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny.

Raised with close ties to skateboarding culture, Yung Pinch flaunts a unique lyrical style in hit songs and music videos that have garnered more than 35 million views on YouTube for the genre-defying rapper.

“I am like this white boy from Huntington Beach, right? But I’m not the stereotypical type. Even the fact that I rap and used to dance and did a bunch of things that most people where I’m from wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing,” said Yung Pinch.

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Blake Sandoval grew up as a West Coast skate and surf kid with a penchant for doing things his own way. His musical style as hip-hop artist Yung Pinch defies conventions, channeling his Spanish, German, and Russian ethnic background into soul-searching lyrics laced over brooding instrumentals. Breakout songs such as ‘My Time’ and ‘Bring Me Down’ as well as 2016’s album 714EVER put Yung Pinch on the map. The young rapper has since toured and played with marquee artists like Migos, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, and Post Malone and recently released the ‘4EVER Heartbroke’ EP to critical acclaim.

 

Life forced Blake Sandoval to become independent at a young age. Adopted by his grandparents at age 1, he grew up without his parents, who struggled with addiction and incarceration. At 11, Pinch lost his grandfather as his caretaker and best friend: “That definitely shaped me into who I am today. Because it was just me and my grandma. At that age, I started trying to be the man of the house,” the rapper said on the episode.    

 

Ultimately, music emerged as an outlet to channel his experiences. Asked about what makes his sound stand out, Pinch said: “Me incorporating what I’ve been through as a kid. Which also wasn’t normal childhood for someone else that grew up in Huntington Beach.” While many of his classmates had “cookie-cutter” lives and stability, Pinch’s upbringing made him seek out other kids on the fringes. “Growing up I gravitated toward kids that were a bit more like me. That shaped who I am by the time I did start making music.”


In high school, Pinch began working on songs with Brandan ‘Matics’ Maddox and uploading music to SoundCloud. Aside from his personal struggles, he also began incorporating the SoCal board sports culture in which he was raised as a skater and surfer. “The skateboarding and snowboarding, the action sports culture, was constant when I grew up. The culture I grew up around in Orange County, I try to incorporate that. All that is authentic to myself and the rap side and the music side,” said Yung Pinch.

 

As it turned out, the unique mixture resonated with a large audience. Here was a rapper from Huntington Beach, an area more known for punk rock bands like The Offspring and Sublime, spilling his heart into heady rap songs. Yung Pinch’s single “Rock with Us” achieved over one million plays. Follow-ups like “My Time”, “Bring Me Down” and “I care” resulted in more than 3 million views and established Yung Pinch’s unique artistic persona: “Most of the people who make the kind of music that I make, aren’t skating, surfing, snowboarding. They don’t even have that actual authentic background. So incorporating that into my music is how I made my lane and established myself.”

 

At age 19, rap superstar Post Malone asked Yung Pinch to perform on his tour. The rest is history: In 2018, Pinch headlined his first own solo tour with 48 stops across the United States. “Sold out every single day. I love touring. I appreciate it now that I’m older.” His 2019 album, ‘Washed Ashore’ put rocket boots on his fame and solidified his voice in the rap scene. Then the pandemic hit. “I had to shake off the thought of me never touring again. Or me never being an artist again. Because the whole world shut down. It was so scary. Those in-person fan interactions remind you, that’s what’s really most worth it,” said Yung Pinch.

 

Recently, Yung Pinch has been back on the road: “Doing my thing again!” The artist just released the final chapter of his ‘4EVER Heartbroke’ project. “You don’t always have to be heartbroke. You can find love and just grow.” He’s also releasing an avalanche of new music in his Forever Fridays series, dropping one song per week for ten weeks in his unique style.

 

“If you want to be an artist, the media is going to tell you to be like any other artist. Dress like everyone else. Talk about what they’re talking about. Nobody is being authentic to their selves. And that is authentic to me and my story,” said Yung Pinch on UNLEASHED, adding: “All the life experiences I went through, they made me who I am. I wouldn’t take any of that back!”

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