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Rising Stars: Meet Yaheed

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yaheed.

Hi Yaheed, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in Randallstown, MD, and was very fortunate to be around a lot of talented people. I saw at an early age that talent had to be accompanied by hustle and determination. Being around hustlers in Baltimore gave me the ambition I needed to seek and carve out my own path.

Music, creativity, and fashion have always been an interest and as soon as I got the chance I executed my passions. Today, I’m the CEO of Cultural and Social Clothing and my motto is simple ‘Health is wealth, and being Fly is the new High.’

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I like most brothers coming up in Bmore did things that made life a bit rocky. Some decisions I made in life put me in situations where I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. My attraction to the streets really could’ve had me in prison for a long time.

I was blessed to have a grandmother to help with my visions and realize my worth and see opportunities I had. The clothes on the site represent the culture and pulse of the street. Cultural Social is about being different but at the same time being in tune with self and culture which in turn can definitely help overcome challenging times.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Music has always been a passion and growing up with DJ Mike Crosby and being around talented producers in Randallstown. It was basically in my DNA to either make music as an artist or become a DJ and after years of hustling in Baltimore, York, and PA. I ended up in Clemson, SC doing radio, throwing parties/events, and djing as well as producing street DVDs. The thing that set me apart from others was my background.

There’s no place like Baltimore and the hustle that was instilled in me was basically used to make moves. Once I started Cultural Social Clothing, I knew this would be the beginning of another part of my expression.

Fashion has always been my dream and when people purchase my creation I feel like they’ve become part of my Cultural family and I love it! There’s so much more to come, with the podcast on the way. Things are going to be very exciting.

What were you like growing up?
As a kid, I was kinda quiet and observed a lot. I was always into art, I loved drawing and doing graffiti and was definitely in love with hip-hop culture. I remember as a child my grandparents would have these basement parties and once I got a chance I started doing the same.

I would have my neighborhood crew and girls from the school in my basement partying. It’s funny because once I got older those basement parties turned into real parties at clubs.

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