The immense passion for his craft stems back to the roots of Bekoe’s family. His father traveled from Ghana to America to pursue his dream of music with his band. While Bekoe was growing up, he sat in studio sessions, attended concerts, and watched his father in rehearsals with his band. He quickly became familiar with the music industry and the sacrifice it took to be a successful musician.
“What influenced me is how much work I saw being put into just one song or an entire album. I knew then that I wanted to carry the torch and build my empire musically in America.”
While growing up, Bekoe was introduced to various different kinds of music. Listening to R&B, soul, jazz, “good feeling music”, put something inside of Bekoe that he can’t describe. It brought him a clear vision of what he wanted to create through music. He was already exposed to living a musician lifestyle and he always knew that he had to work hard to get where he wanted to go.
In his teenage years, Bekoe began to write poetry more and more. He would sit in class while consistently thinking of words that rhyme. During lunch, he and his friends would bang on lunch tables to make different beats. Bekoe started to create instrumentals and felt an urge to begin writing and recording his own songs.
In 2005, he actually gave a friend one of his beats to freestyle to but it was never recorded. It wasn’t until 2009 when Bekoe recorded his first song titled Goof Ball. He let a lot of people listen to it and got feedback that he wasn’t expecting. His listeners absolutely loved the song while Bekoe didn’t think it was his best work. They kept asking him why his song wasn’t on the radio yet. This however, showed him that he was onto something and it gave him a great feeling.
“It was never really hard for me to sit and write choruses and hooks for songs. I am truly blessed to have that talent.”
Going by the rap name Young Unique, Bekoe continued to work on his music and wrote Bounce. This song had more of an upbeat tempo, his listeners wanted to hear more, and that pushed Bekoe to continue growing. Not too long after, Bekoe stepped outside of himself and told a story about who he is and where he is from. This is when Bekoe started his own movement.