Nephibis the Hip Hop Gamer
The Birth of A Misfit
William “Nephibis” Young was born in Baltimore City, MD. Growing up he was constantly bullied and never fit in, so he kept to himself and wrote poetry. At home he was frequently beaten and verbally abused by his previous stepfather. He ended up suffering from depression and had difficulty with his mental health.
On New Year of 2005, William's cousins on the West Coast, convinced him to participate in the “New Year spit.” This led him to fall in love with rapping and the ability to express himself through music. Later, William met a Crip named Pain, who taught him about the history of gangs and encouraged him to read about Malcolm X and The Black Panthers. This inspired him to become a conscious artist and aim to make a difference in the lives of others through his music.
Eventually William’s music caught the ears of a Baltimore rapper by the name of Shy Ladyheroine, who encouraged him to start performing on stage and expose his music to more people. Later, under the guidance of Kieshawn Richardson, he was able to release his first single Bumpin’ My Music as Noble R. His music caught the Attention of Catherine Trotter, who invited him to the Speak Life Open Mic event, which encourages artists to speak positivity through through art and to make a positive impact on the youth.
After dealing with a life-changing event William stopped rapping for several years until releasing his album "Lyrical Painting" in 2018 as the artist Nephibis.