Yvng Swag is an 18-year old dancer and recording artist from Maryland. Yvng Swag first took his dancing to social media platforms in 2014 and has since developed a large, engaged fan base across Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and the now-defunct Vine. Learn more about how his career got started.
Do you remember your first social media post? Tell us how you got started.
Yes, my first video was to a popular challenge on Vine, getting a lot of recognition called #hitthatelbowchallenge. I posted it using hashtags and tagging other artist and kept going from there.
When did you realize you could make a career out of your success online?
When I started to make money by creating 6-15 second videos to help artists promote their music! Then came along bookings! My very first was in Boston at a sweet 16.
Vine, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Musical.ly… You’ve done it all. What’s your favorite platform? Why?
Ima go with Instagram! It’s fun and funny post you can explore and I have fun going live.
What was it like when your video “Big Green Tractor Remix” became viral? Why do you think that happened?
I knew it would go viral before I recorded the video because nobody black was dancing to country music and “Big Green Tractor” is such a stereotype. It’s the only country song black ppl know lol… So I figured I’d do that and add a hip-hop beat to it (after the original went viral). Very rare you see black ppl turning up to country music the way I did.
What do you think makes successful branded content?
Smart decisions, thinking and structuring a plan on how you gonna release and do things as far as coming up with content and putting it out.