Y?Arcka is a producer raised in New Jersey and currently based out of Philadelphia. Getting a head start at a young age, Y? has worked steadily to build a place for himself in within the world of hip-hop and soul. His first beat tape was made on cassette at age 12. Since then, Y? has continued on the path to becoming an MPC virtuoso. Studying under the techniques of hip-hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, RZA, the late J Dilla and Madlib, Y? has set out to explore a new sound using the instrument.
In 2003, he founded the production company Foundashawn/ 5335-N-Tric Productions to house his work. Under Foundashawn Productions, Y? has worked with local Philadelphia artists ((Stereo))type, Aquil, Zilla Rocca and Dim, New Jersey artist Rohn Solo, and Dopeness Galore artist Suzi Analogue. Y? stands out as a focused musician: willing to explore standards, unafraid to go against the grain of them, with a deep passion for using music as tool to bring people together, and a skill level for audio that you don’t find everyday. He has released several projects in 2008, including a series of beat tapes and a project with Ropeadope Digital, titled Un-Herd Vol. 1. Y?’s sound isn’t a question, it’s a solution.
Growing up, Philadelphia was the home of some of my favorite hip hop. I've made no qualms about calling Schoolly D, 3xDope, Steady B, Cash Money & Marvelous, among other classic Philly acts as some of my favorite in the genre of hip hop. So the city has had soft spot in my heart and will always be a city that I keep close tabs on. The past couple years, the city has started stepping up again and producing some great musicians again. Over the past couple years, we here at WYDU have featured the … more