Lafayette, Louisiana, singer-songwriter Yung Juko is a prime example that anything is possible.
The 21-year-old and recent YouTube sensation was born with spina bifida, a congenital condition that causes the spine to not fully develop. When Juko was younger, the doctors predicted that he would never walk. Fast forward to today, and he is not only walking but living his dream.
The Louisiana native launched his first video “Trust Nobody” earlier this year, and since then “Trust Nobody” has more than 2 million views on YouTube. His second single, “Learn From the Streets,” has garnished around 350,000+ views in just two months, and his newest single, “Pray For Me,” is said to be inspired by his own life.
We recently spoke with the talented singer-songwriter where he talked to us about his life, defeating the odds, his music career, and much more. – Lupe Looove
You’re from Lafietta, Louisiana, how do you think that has affected your music?
Yung Juko: I would say it has effected me in a good way because not a lot of people where I’m from do what I do. You don’t see that a lot and to me that’s a sense of bettering yourself. I get so much love when I step outside my door, and people appreciate what I do.
Tell us how did your stage name ‘Yung Juko’ come about?
Yung Juko: My birth name is Judah White, but a friend of mine started calling me Yung Juko maybe around 5 years ago and that’s how it all started.
When did you decide to take music seriously?
Yung Juko: It wasn’t until after I got the name “Yung Juko” that I started to take music seriously. Around that same time I dropped my first single “Trust Nobody” which quickly picked up momentum and landed on the Billboard 100. That experience itself was crazy for me because I never thought the success would come this soon. Definitely been blessed!
Who have been some of your musical influences to your career?
Yung Juko: I have so many, so many people have playing a big influence to who I am now. From Michael Jackson, Tupac, to Biggie.
You definitely have a very unique and inspiring story. You were born with Spina Bifida and you’ve overcome several obstacles at such a young age, how has that experience been for you?
Yung Juko: It was tough being born with Spina Bifida but along the years, I learned how to cope with it and have worked along the lines of having that disability. And for anything going through a situation like mine, anything is possible. If I can do it, you can do it.
So you’re gearing up to drop your first project, YNFA (Your Next Favorite Artist) and you’re currently also on a promo run with Bigga Rankin. Talk to us about your upcoming project and how has the tour treated you?
Yung Juko: Yeah, YNFA will be my first debut project and it’s coming in the beginning of the new year. We’re just wrapping up a few more things and it will be set to go, and when it comes to making music, I just do it. If people like it they’ll like it, if not, I’m okay with that.
This has been my third promo run with Bigga Rankin and I’ve been fortunate enough to come along. Just last night, we were in Florida and having people in the audience know the lyrics to my songs was dope to experience. I’ve been enjoying and taking in every moment.
You’ve been doing this for quite some time, what would you say has been some key lessons you’ve learned early on in your career?
Yung Juko: Just keep grinding and keep pushing. Don’t settle for anything. If you really want to do it, you’ll find a way.
Last but not least, what’s next for Yung Juko? Any new plans for 2017 that you can dish us on?
Yung Juko: People can definitely expect my new project as I mentioned before and over all, just a lot more good music. 2017 is going to be huge and we’re going to continue rising!
Stay connected with Yung Juko in all his social media platforms and be sure to keep your eye out for more new music to come.