ABOUT

Kerwin Young is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (Public Enemy member) and Grammy nominated recording producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. An iconic hip-hop producer (Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, Rakim, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, 2 Live Crew), Kerwin served as U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Hip-Hop in 2017, in Egypt.


A composer of major concert works (symphonies, concerti, chamber, solo, opera, and ballet) and media scores. Kerwin studied music composition at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Bobby Watson.


Young's immense diversity and hybrid approach to music have kept him active as a "go to" composer. He moved into the world of media composition with the weekly crime series New York Undercover (1994). Preceding his scoring debut, he had already written and produced songs for major motion pictures: Do the Right Thing (1989), Green Card (1990), and Sister Act 2 (1992). Recent assignments include: American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson (2016), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Ruckus (2014-present), a weekly news broadcast on KCPT/PBS.



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