Ya Highne$$ is the latest edition to the ranks of talented hip-hop artists from Brooklyn, NY area.
Born Edward Jerome Wiley, on September 20, 1987, Ya Highne$$ grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. As a toddler, just the experience of wearing his uncle’s headphones captivated him and thus began his love for hip-hop. He would hear stories and see pictures of his influences during the 90’s when hip-hop was arguably at its best. From Big Daddy Kane and Tribe Called Quest to The Notorious B.I.G and Jay-Z, all of these artists had a massive impact on Ya Highne$$. Like many rappers, Ya Highne$$ began writing poetry as a way to escape his surroundings and stay on the right track.
In 2011, Ya Highne$$ recorded his first single “Be Alone”. The following year, Ya Highne$$ released his mix tape entitled Y.H.I.C. (Ya Highne$$ In Charge) which featured singles “Motion Picture Sh**” and “We In The Building” featuring DJ Dozen.
No stranger to the limelight, Ya Highne$$ was the winner in the Coast 2 Coast NYC Industry Mixer Showcase at Webster Hall in January 2013 as well as the winner of the Desert Storm Showcase in February 2013. Ya Highne$$ was then hand-picked to be the opening act for Juelz Santana’s birthday celebration which was deejayed by Brooklyn’s own The Finisher Mister Cee at Club Bliss in February 2013. Adding to his list of honors, Ya Highne$$ claimed first place in the Faces in The Crowd premier showcase held at SOB’s in July 2013.
Ya Highne$$ is currently in the studio producing new music for his encore mix tape (tentative release early fall).
Connect with Ya Highne$$ on Facebook: Ya Highness, Twitter: @yahighness87 and Instagram: yahighness87.