Young hip-hop artist accepted into notable music residency program

By Kate Agbayani | Jul 17, 2019
Courtesy of: Star Salas Nathan Campos, a young hip-hop artist who recently got accepted into notable music Residency Program in Seattle. Campos writes his own music and has performed alongside Luniz and Mr. Hotspot.

Up-and-coming local teen hip-hop artist and Kamiak grad Nathan Campos was accepted into a summer residency music program in Seattle – a program in collaboration with notable Seattle artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The Residency, formerly known as Hip-Hop Artist Residency, is a collaboration between Arts Corps, MoPOP, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The program debuted in the summer of 2015 with only 40 emerging youth hip-hop artists selected into the program each year.

Campos, known by his stage name "YoungDub," has always loved music, however, he didn’t start taking music seriously until two years ago.

Campos has gone through many surgeries because of a hip bone disease, and found himself writing not only to pass the time, but to gain strength.

“My biggest influence is mainly myself,” said Campos.

“I told myself not to give up and continued writing at bed rest. It showed what I could overcome.”

He learned about the program through his mother, Star Salas.

After learning that Campos was accepted into the program, Salas felt proud of her son and is equally excited for him to start the program July 22.

“Me and his dad are on cloud nine right now,” said Salas, who describes herself as the “momager.”

“The feeling of seeing him on stage, we’re just so proud of him. He deserves the happiness.”

There are two tracks in the program: the vocal track or the production track.

Campos plans on taking the vocal track, where he feels he’s able to foster better self-expression through lyricism, delivery, and rhyme structure.

His main musical influence is rapper J.Cole, but he also takes influence from R&B artist JhenéAiko.

As for his own music, Campos wants to cover a variety of genres, such as hip-hop, R&B, and trap music.

Even though he wants to cover different genres, he doesn’t want his songs to lose their meanings.

“There’s messages (in the lyrics) and it’s meaningful at the same time, not just random words,” he said.

Campos hopes to build more confidence and social skills throughout his time in the program.

Although he has a shy personality, it has not stopped him from performing.

During his senior year at Kamiak High School, Campos won the Kamiak’s Got Talent show in 2018.

He has also performed alongside the famous hip-hop group Luniz, best known for their hit song “I Got 5 On It,” and hip-hop artist Mr. Hotspot.

The two events were hosted by the promotion company Royal Family Empire Entertainment.

He continually works with the company and describes how thankful he is for their support.

Through the residency program, Campos is excited to become a better artist.

“As an artist I can achieve so many things,” he said. “It makes me motivated and want to spread my music out to more people. To the world, to kids. I want to make sure my music can be heard to every age group.”

Campos already has a great support group of friends, family, and fans behind him.

His mother mentions that there have been many fans who share his music, attend his concerts and buy his merchandise.

“It’s greatly appreciated, and we are forever grateful to everyone,” Salas said.

A few Campos and Salas notably thank are Samuel Choi and Greg Marshall’s families, who have been a big part of his life since second grade.

Another is his former teacher at Kamiak, Shelle Brihn, who consistently attends his concerts and even buys his merchandise.

His biggest fan, of course, is his 4-year-old brother.

Campos mainly performs locally at venues such as Tony V’s Garage and Anchor Pub in Everett, and Amber Lounge in Seattle, whenever he’s given the opportunity.

No matter the venue, Campos is willing to work with any venues/businesses that want to see him perform.

“To see him grow in a positive, healthy direction is what me and his dad dream of,” Salas said. “To see him smile and be happy living a dream makes our hearts smile really big.”

At the moment, he’s focused on creating and recording more music with the help of his producer from Undercast Studios in Shoreline.

He is also looking to work with videographers and photographers to gain sponsors and even make music videos.

In August, he plans to perform at the Coast 2 Coast Live Artist Showcase event in Portland, Oregon.

It is the largest artist showcase in the world, per the event’s website, and the winner walks away with  a $50,000 grand prize.

Campos’ music can be found through the streaming platform “@YoungDub.”

He also has a Facebook page under the same name, and an Instagram “@YoungDub_music.”

Campos’ producer can also be found on Instagram “@n2dsp.”


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