Damion "Damizza" Young-Freedon 4 Youth

Top Quote Damizza is widely credited for the development of the “Hip-Hop” format that is still in use today. Damizza is also a record executive Working with artists such as Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Kanye’ West, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Migos, Nate Dogg, Eminem and Mariah Carey. Now he is giving back to our youth. End Quote
    QuoteKevon is so raw and just inherently dope; when Mat played his music for me, I had him in studio next day. And, an album was done the next.Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) March 05, 2019 - California charity announces joint fundraising album featuring formally incarcerated youth from its program. The album will be produced by newly appointed board member Damion “Damizza” Young who has also made hits for Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg & Korn and in his then day job running Los Angeles’ Power 106 & Moon lighting at Hot 97 New York Damion introduced us to Eminem, Notorious BIG, Beyoncé & Jay-Z. The album “Damizza Presents: FREEDOM” is scheduled for a mid-April release thru Damion’s ingrooves/universal Langley West imprint. The first single “Blood” is from K.V.N. (Pronounced Kay-von) features established artist Lil Bams, who has close ties to and serves as a mentor. a portion of the proceeds go to freedom4youths efforts to build a charter school and dormitory for incarcerated and troubled youth in Santa Barbara county. First District Supervisor, Das Williams has recently indicated that the city might demolish the old juvenile hall on turnpike.

    “K.v.n” is a recording artist, who is currently managed by Mathew Roberts, a recent graduate of the freedom4youth program. Mathew Roberts recently met with the heads of the juvenile detention department of California to discuss juvenile prison reform and especially freedom4youth. “Mathew is an exceptional young man and I am so happy we could connect him with our newly appointed board member Damizza to start his Career and his dream entertainment.” -Billi Joe Starr founder/executive director of freedom4youth said of the project. Recording artist Kevon is from Goleta California and he was discovered by Mathew Roberts, who knew Kevon’s little brother when he entered Los Priedos boys camp himself.

    “This album is a collection of dimensions that dwell in my mind. It has been life changing to hook up with Damizza and embark on this life long journey.” –Kevon

    “Kevon is so raw and just inherently dope; when Mat played his music for me, I had him in studio next day. And, an album was done the next.”-Damizza

    Damion “Damizza” Young, better known by his stage name Damizza, is an American radio executive, record producer, artist and author best known for his work with Emmis Broadcasting. He was the Senior Director of programming from 1997 to 2004 at the Emmis-owned Power 106 in Los Angeles, and spent considerable time at Hot 97, their New York flagship station. He is widely credited for the development of the “Hip-Hop” format that is still in use today. Damizza is also a record executive Working with artists such as Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Kanye’ West, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Migos, Nate Dogg, Eminem and Mariah Carey, with whom he made his production debut on the remix of her hit "I Still Believe" in 1998. He also performed as de facto manager & A&R executive; closing the purported $100 million dollar Virgin Records recording contract (largest of its time) and subsequent rebuilding of Mariah’s career including A&R services for comeback single “We Belong together”.

    Most notable was his bringing Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg together again for the “Chronic Island” radio Promotion that led to the duo getting back together and recording “Chronic 2001”. Damion was instrumental in having Jay-Z write the lead single “Still D-R-E” as well. His work with P. Diddy introduced him to Notorious BIG and Damion in turn introduced BIG to Snoop Dogg and was part of the team that buried the East/West beef by putting them on stage together for the 1st time in Los Angeles. He had just placed “The Watcher PT. 2” on Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 2” album when Jay asked Damion to arrange Snoop’s surprise performance at Hot 97 “Summer Jam” that year. Damion was instrumental in the careers’ of Ja Rule & Ashanti as well.

    Young's career started at the radio station KHTY in his home town of Santa Barbara, California at the age of 12, making him one of the youngest program directors in history. He quickly became a pioneer of the alternative rock format, breaking artists such as Hootie & the Blowfish, Collective Soul & Garbage, by the age of 17. In February 1997 he moved to KPWR in Los Angeles. As music director he led the fledgling station to No. 1 status, along the way breaking artists such as Eminem and Jay-Z, and reuniting rap legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg for the 2001album. In February 1999 he was named the fourth most powerful person in hip-hop by The Source. Young rose quickly to Senior Director of Programming and Artist Relations, forging friendships with numerous hip-hop artists and other entertainers. He was also dispatched to Power's sister station Hot 97 in New York in an effort to smooth relations between the station and several artists and record companies in the wake of the February 2001 shootout between the entourages of rappers Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown in front of the station’s offices. He was also called in to settle a disagreement Jay-Z had with the station shortly after competitor Power 105 came on the air.

    He completed working with J. Marshall Craig on a book on his life, Guilty By Association, which is scheduled for release sometime late-2011 after two years of delays over legal issues and made some public appearances at various California universities and colleges discussing the book and his life as a radio prodigy-turned hip-hop producer and performer. When Damizza was asked to give a brief insight to his book he said "A kid from a small town with a dream that never took no for an answer, made his dreams come true and did it his way. (With a Lil help from his grannie)".

    For updated information Damizza & freedom4youth announce “bad for my health” please visit the official website:

    Freedom for Youth Ministries, founded in Des Moines in 2003, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit on a mission to reach Iowa's youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our role is to unite and empower Christian communities to reach young people from kindergarten through 22-years-old with programs that help them stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace, and develop healthy relationships. Our programs include tutoring, after-school activities, meals, and supportive employment training all centered on the message of Jesus Christ's saving grace.

    We also realize that God has plans for far more than just young people. Whenever adult believers have stepped out in faith to love and serve the young people at Freedom, we have seen their lives transformed, as well. The long-term results will be nothing short of miraculous, producing vibrant churches, thriving local economies and a reduction in crime, incarcerations, and moral decay.

    Freedom for Youth Ministries exists through the support of individuals, churches, and organizations. We believe God is calling His people to reach out to a lost world by running effective programming and meeting the needs of the youth. We are excited to see how God is calling you to join Him in reaching youth and young adults in your community!


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