Washington D.C native Kai Green, better known as Yung Kayo, is a 17-year-old rapper taking the scene by storm with his up-tempo futuristic rap style that melds his fluid flows and undeniable energy. While Kayo refuses to be boxed in sonically, he credits his mentor Young Thug as an undeniable musical inspiration.
Growing up, Yung Kayo was inspired by the DMV music scene, more specifically by the Go-Go music the district is renown for. Surrounded by music at an early age, Kayo started rapping at the age of ten but began to take music more seriously as he entered his later teen years. He originally got his start on Soundcloud, but it was his song “Glitch” in 2019 that would catch the attention of Young Thug leading him to ink a deal with Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records via 300 Entertainment. Kayo’s energy and delivery would ultimately lead him to being one of the youngest members and newest voices inducted into the Young Stoner Life family. As a follow-up Kayo would then go on to release his first official project, a 3-track effort titled Sweet16 in 2019. The EP, named after the stage of his life and a slight nod to MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”, would be Kayo’s official introduction to the world.
While Kayo’s focus is on music, his creative side is also prevalent in everything he does. The cover art for his EP Sweet16 was commissioned by him and created by a graphic designer he discovered. In addition, for Kayo fashion is something that has always been present as it originally started as something that came natural to him and would transition into him gracing runways during Paris Fashion Week. From being the only kid in middle school to come to school dressed in designers like Rick Owens to working with brands such as 1017 Alyx 9SM -- Kayo continues to express himself on his own terms.
Kayo is also most notably known for his appearance on the Young Stoner Life Records compilation album Slime Language 2. When talking about his verse on the raucous high energy song “GFU'' featuring Sheck Wes and Yak Gotti, Kayo explains how Sheck sent him the song and he completed his verse in his basement in under 15 minutes. As he gears up for the release of his next project, Kayo is proving that whether fans want to rage in a mosh pit or vibe to a melody he’s capable of doing it all.