Young Dalliance is a twenty-year-old rapper-songwriter who is one of Oregon’s hottest new artists. The artist, also known as Young D, has released one EP and five singles in 2019, the most popular being “Your Toxic Mood” and “Cloud 9,” which have caused a steadily growing buzz in his hometown. Last month, he released his first music video for the track “Windmills,” which is the first track of his seven-part Vincent Van Gogh–themed EP, Starry Nights Ease Troubled Minds.
Born Elijah D. Kilgore, the rapper began writing and releasing music as a teenager in early 2016. In early 2019, he chose the moniker “Young Dalliance” when he started getting serious about his music career. The Las Vegas–born artist is currently residing and representing Salem, Oregon, where he has been busy making a name for himself and heavily engaging with his rapidly growing passionate fan base. The young artist is determined to make it in the big leagues of the music industry.
One of his most popular EPs is a collaborative project, “Color of Kings,” which was produced by fellow Las Vegas native and childhood friend R.E.C. He went on to professionally release three singles, “This Was Never the Plan!,” “When I Try,” and his most successful single, “This Last Winter.” The rapper went on to become a brand ambassador for TIAG! Apparel. His musical genius has been featured on radio, podcasts, blogs, live interviews, and collaborations with other artists.
His single “When I Try” features a smooth, raw, lyrically rhythmic sound. It has been described as hip-hop infused with jazz and elements of R&B. The instrumentals ooze warmth and immersive texture, creating the perfect canvas for Young Dalliance’s evenly tempered vocals. The young artist likes to describe his lyricism as meaningful and easy to understand. “The outcast, borderline eccentric crowd would feel right at home,” he said.
Though a rapper by trade, he has spent a couple of years studying pop and country songwriting. Not only does this bring real depth to the music he creates, but it also allows him to create an array of artistic, melodic, infectiously catchy rap-based songs varying in subgenres.
Despite his success, the rapper has not had an easy life; his struggles are part of what makes his music so relatable. Though a career in music is challenging to maintain, he knows that his passion for music will continue to rise even with obstacles in his way. Young Dalliance has loved music from an early age and wanted to become the inspiration other artists were for him. Though it takes work, he knows he can prove that anyone from anywhere can make a great career out of following their dreams. He believes that he has what it takes to hit the top of the charts and last years in the industry. He is also passionate about making a big impact and legacy in the industry, as well as touching the lives of those he meets.
Though he is young, the rapper is well on his way to becoming a notable figure in the music and entertainment industry and an inspiration and role model for millions of growing young artists.