Young Stunna was born Ikechukwu John-Ogbuku in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria; He spent his early years in PH city, and was involved in different aspects of music from an early age, from singing in the church choir as a child
, to learning to play the piano to rapping old Heavy D and MC Hammer songs. He attended Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary School where he eventually wrote his first song and developed his talent from battling to talent contests. He began to produce and record music actively in University. Young Stunna has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University.
2008-2012 While studying in Malaysia, he would skip classes a few times to be in the studio and put out songs through social media site, Myspace till he got noticed. Young Stunna appeared on a number of high-profile Malaysian collaborations and was regarded as the premiere African Hip-Hop artiste in Asia prior to relocating to Nigeria. His song, “Lights Cameras Action” featuring Bruneian singer, JuJu, peaked No.4 in Bruneian Radio charts. Also, he featured on mixtapes by DJ Krates (Slip N Slide DJs International) Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes, DJ Fuzz (Warner Music), Universal Republic recording artiste, Black Dada, Bryan B (Warner Music, Malaysia) amongst others. He produced Tamil hip-hop group Masta Clan’s debut album “Neethikku Poraatam”.In 2010, he signed to Reshmonu’s digital distribution label R Records (Malaysia).
Young Stunna is the first African artiste to have mobile distribution in Malaysia.His first mixtape aptly titled “The Research Paper”, was released in December, 2012. The mixtape boasts production from a lineup of International indie Producers, notably German Producer – Simon Blaze (David Correy, Yung Berg), DJ Frank E (Black Dada, Flo-Rida, Kanye West), Singaporean – Moe Masri (Craig Bass, DJ Smallz), Miami Producer – J.Harv, Botswanian – Rimzy (A.T.I, Scar, Jujuboy), Rogerbeatz, and Young Stunna himself as well as a ton of others. All songs off the mixtape were released by Malaysia’s Three Major mobile companies. He released a single featuring Olamide in early 2012.
Young Stunna returned to Port Harcourt, Nigeria in December 2012 and since then he’s topped video and radio charts in the city most recently with the Smash single, “AMAECHI (RUN THE TOWN)” which was No.1 on RhythmFM’s Top10 for 12 weeks, and WazobiaFM for 5 weeks. He’s rated as one of the top acts in Southern Nigeria. His next project “Blood, Swear & Profit” is scheduled to be released in 2015.
Awards and Nominations
Best Hip Hop Act – VIMA 2010, Malaysia
Best Hip Hop/Urban Song (Lights Cameras Action) – AVIMA 2010, Malaysia
Best Hip Hop/Urban Solo – AVIMA 2010, Malaysia
Best Remix – (Black Dada ft Rick Ross/Young Stunna – Rags 2 Riches) – AVIMA 2010, Malaysia
Flava Award (Best African Artiste in Asia) – AVIMA 2010, Malaysia
Best Collaboration (Leave Am Oh) – African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2010
Producer of the Year, African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2011
Best Hip-Hop Solo Act, Global African Music Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best Male Artiste, African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best College Act – VIMA 2009, Malaysia
Best Male Artiste, African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2011
Best Stage Performance, African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2011
African Male Artist of the Year, Global African Music Awards, Malaysia 2012
Song of The Year (Top Priority), Global African Music Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best HipHop Act, African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best Video (Never Leave), African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best Producer, African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best Collabo (Top Priority), African Entertainment Awards, Malaysia 2012
Best Hip Hop Act – VIMA 2013, Malaysia
Best Hip Hop Song – VIMA 2013, Malaysia
Best Pop Song – VIMA 2013, Malaysia
Best Collaboration – VIMA 2013, Malaysia
Best Overall Male Vocalist – VIMA 2013, Malaysia
Artiste of the Year – PH Entertainment Awards, Nigeria 2014 (Pending)
Hip Hop Artiste of the Year – PH Entertainment Awards, Nigeria 2014 (Pending)
Best Collaboration – PH Entertainment Awards, Nigeria 2014 (Pending)