"Never give up!"

  • This was the advice and the message shared by Trinbagonian social media sensation, Akhenaton "Yung Bredda" Lewis last Tuesday night, as the now 24-year-old entertainer released his birthdate-titled debut album, 3/10 and celebrated his birthday with friends, fans and family at the ever-popular restaurant and entertainment center, Woodford Cafe located in Price Plaza, Chaguanas.

"My advice to every youth is to believe and never give-up," said Lewis. "Never stop, keep going straight to the top. Once you have a dream, keep working toward it and don't stop because you could be 5 minutes or 5 years away from success, but if you quit, you would never realize it, so keep going no matter the obstacles." 

Event dedicated to his late Grandmother

Interviewed by Overtime Media prior to his live performance onstage at midnight, Lewis said the event was inspired by and dedicated to his deceased grandmother. 

"Well the story here tonight is that my grandmom, normally every year on my birthday, she would keep a thanksgiving and share bags and food to the homeless and stuff and you know this is the second year that she's not here with us, so you know, I say I just want to do something similar and just give back to the people and to my fans in this way and just give thanks for all my blessings received and just being able to make it to this point and have an album! Like how I end up in this position to now have a whole album done and ready to share with the world?" He mused, while pondering on his response and good fortune.

"This song was inspired by my grandmom," he explained. "She passed away and it was inspired by my mom also. She's here tonight supporting me and, you know, mom always telling me to sing something positive; sing something nice and sing something about God and giving thanks and it's not really a gospel song, but you know, it's a motivational song to inspire people."

Lewis described his album as "Trinbago dancehall, with some Afro and a little bit of steam" and admitted that he wanted to try different things and experiment with different sounds.

"I really wanted to surprise the people with some versatility here. You know I just love music and I just want to sing so I don't mind trying things and experimenting out of my comfort zone."

Comedian "Sunny Bling" shocks "Yung Bredda" by revealing the official 3/10 album t-shirt

Akhenaton "Yung Bredda" Lewis takes a photo with his mother, Carol Ann Lewis Cuffy before taking the stage at Woodford Cafe for the official release of his debut album entitled, 3/10

Yung Bredda 's birthday cake was created by Leeann's Cakery of Barataria @leeannscakery

Don't look now, but Yung Bredda and his partner are expecting also, so send your prayers and blessings to his growing family!

Yung Bredda showing versatility with 3/10 album

Known for his infectious energy, sexually charged and often explicit lyrics, in addition to his fun-loving, dancing, jovial commentary on topics of the day, Lewis did indeed surprise the standing room-only audience gathered for his birthday celebration. He delivered a full set complete with guest acts and collaborators and took photos and selfies with fans all night long, while also showcasing the other sides of his character and personality.

  • "I was pleasantly surprised by how well-mannered and accommodating, gracious and humble he was," said Senior Television Reporter, Juhel Browne, whose birthday began just after midnight and was in attendance to witness the album release.

  • "Well that's meh boy!" Enthused Slam 100.5 Announcer, Jynnyn Edwards, who also made an appearance and celebrated the occasion with friends and media colleagues. "I really love his energy and the vibes he brings. I'm happy to see how far he has come since his early live streams during the pandemic and proud to see him achieve his dreams and make his mother proud as well."

  • Producer and Manager, Jesse John of Optimus ProductionsTT Limited described Lewis as "a hard-working and very determined young man with obvious talent that's only just beginning to be explored, developed and showcased". He said:
  • "I think he still has a longgggg way to go, but this is a great start and a really inspiring story to show the youths of T&T and by extension, anywhere in the world really that if you believe in yourself and work hard, you can achieve success in this world. We know it's challenging and there are obstacles galore and haters and people who will try to bring you down, but strong faith in God, confidence and perseverance will always pay off and lead you to greener pastures. I am happy and proud to see where my Bredda has reached today as a youth coming out of Sea Lots and going against all the odds and stigmas and stereotypes, it's truly a blessing to work with him and I look forward to much more success as we fly the flag of Trinidad and Tobago around the world."

3/10 album available now!

The 3/10 album from Yung Bredda is now available on all digital and streaming platforms and the Optimus team says his Carnival 2024 releases are already completed and will be released soon also. Having risen to popularity after a freestyle performed on his Instagram live stream went viral during the pandemic, "Yung Bredda" has maintained a constant presence online since and amassed over 300,000 followers on the popular social media app. His comrades on the live show include Jelani "DJ Hotty" Hepburn and Trenton "Big Pimpin" Augustine, who have also graduated to becoming part of the Yung Bredda Entertainment family as song collaborators and producers and now also travel and perform alongside Yung Bredda. For more information, please follow @yung_bredda_entertainment on Instagram.