Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Yung Pinch 'Wouldn't Be Nothing' Without Classics by Travis Scott, Blink-182 & More
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
In the four years since Yung Pinch graduated high school, the now 21-year-old has released a handful of projects -- including 21 songs in 2018 alone -- racking up more than 154 million Spotify streams and teaming up with the likes of G-Eazy, Dillon Francis, Lil Skies and YG. His upbeat yet self-aware hip-hop songs helped Yung Pinch land a deal with Columbia Records last year, and the rapper's latest single celebrates all his success.
"Wouldn't Be Nothing," which Pinch released on Feb. 22, is "a testament to my come-up since high school," he tells Billboard in a statement. With lyrics like "Never thought that I would make it/ They said I wouldn't be nothing" and "Told you I would be something/ Head down, kept pushing," the track documents how far he's come, backed by an echoing, thumping beat.
As Pinch began putting together his Takeover Tuesday playlist, he decided to give another shout-out the naysayers from his high school days by picking the songs he jammed to most. "Let's take it back to 2011 to 2015," he says.
Yung Pinch's playlist includes early hits from Travis Scott, Joey Bada$$ and Mac Miller, as well as classics from Nipsey Hussle and Notorious B.I.G. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also hints at some rock inspiration as well, throwing in tunes from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Blink-182 and The Story So Far.
Throw it back with Yung Pinch's Takeover Tuesday playlist below. (Note: His playlist also includes Future's "Codeine Crazy," which is not available on Spotify. Listen here.)