The young Black Teenagers (or YBT) was a hip-hop\rap group from Long Island, New York that consisted of members DJ Skribble (born Scott Ialacci on October 10, 1968 in Queens, New York), Kamron (born Ron Winge), First Born, Tommy Never and ATA (whose real name is Rodney).
Despite the name of the group, neither of the members were black and their name was intended to be a tribute to the black culture that they were influenced by which had some people believe the name to be either ridiculous or offensive.
The group formed in 1989 and were supported by rap group Public Enemy & their producer Hank Shocklee, who signed them as the first act on his record label, SOUL (which stands for Sound of Urban Listeners) Records.
In 1991, the Young Black Teenagers released their self titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
The only single to chart from the album “Loud and Hard to Hit” peaked at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
The follow-up singles from the album “Nobody Knows Kelli” (which was about TV character Kelly Bundy from the FOX network sitcom “Married…with Children”) and “To My Donna” (which was an attack on Madonna for using the rhythm track of Public Enemy’s song “Security of the First World” for her hit song “Justify My Love”) didn’t chart at all.
After the release of their debut album, Tommy Never left the group and the Young Black Teenagers were left with 4 members (with member A.T.A. contributing more vocally).
In 1993, the Young Black Teenagers released their sophomore (and last) album “Dead Enz Kidz Doin’ Lifetime Bidz” which peaked at #158 on the Billboard 200 and #56 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The first single “Tap the Bottle” became the group’s only hit song to date, peaking at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #73 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks).
The follow-up single “Roll with the Flavor” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, but missed the Hot 100.
After that, the Young Black Teenagers were supposed to release their third album, but due to a conflict of interest with their producer and their management, it ended up being shelved and in 1994, the group disbanded.
These days, DJ Skribble is a resident DJ at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also appeared on various MTV shows, released several mix albums and has worked for radio stations Hot 97 and WKTU.
Kamron is the co-founder of the Marksmen in Manhattan, New York, producing music for television commercials, films, video games and artists such as Ice Cube, 50 Cent, Jill Scott and Jerry Wonder. He also works at the Geejam Studios as a senior audio engineer.
A.T.A. currently works as a manager and a clothing entrepreneur.
First Born is the owner of a tattoo shop called Ringleaderz Ink in Brooklyn, New York.
After Tommy Never left the group, he worked with Clivillés + Cole in The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. and these days, he runs a wealth management firm in New York.
To see the music video for “Tap the Bottle,” go to:
To see the music video for “Loud and Hard to Hit,” go to:
To see the music video for “Roll with the Flavor,” go to:
To see the music video for “Nobody Knows Kelli,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “To My Donna,” go to: