Glenn Clifton Jr., better known as Young Bleed is an American hip-hop artist based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since his chart-topping 1998 release My Balls & My Word, Thug Drama, a ghost producer, introduced Young Bleed to Master P in 1997. Young Bleed has been a mainstay of the Southern hip hop underground, narrating his vision of life in the urban South.
Young Bleed started rhyming at the age of 9 at home in his native South Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He claims to have been influenced by his mother, who had read poetry to him from a young age, and the rise in popularity in hip hop and acts like Run DMC. By his teenage years had begun recording his rhymes, selling hip hop tapes independently to friends on the streets of his neighborhood, and eventually signing to a local record label. In 1995 he joined with fellow Baton Rouge-based hip hop artists C-Loc, J-Von, Chris Hamilton (J-Von'ss younger brother) and Max Minelli to form the hip hop group Concentration Camp with whom he is still presently affiliated.
Young Bleed’s first glimpse of national fame was when his song with C-Loc, "How You do That", was remixed by Master P of No Limit Records. It was released on the 1997 soundtrack to Master P’s film I'm Bout It which peaked at number one on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop album charts in mid-1998. Then with the help of Master P, he signed a deal with Priority Records to release his major label debut album My Balls & My Word in 1998. The album peaked in at number ten on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop album charts and also reached gold status in the U.S. The follow-up My Own was released independent of No Limit on Priority and though charting on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B Hip Hop albums charts, it failed to make similar waves as its predecessor.
While in the process of recording his third solo album with Priority, Vintage, Young Bleed was released from his contract and forced to go independent. Young Bleed joined C-Bo's West Coast Mafia Records and released Rise Thru da Ranks from Earner Tugh Capo in 2005 and Once Upon a Time in Amedica in 2007. On September 23, 2008 Young Bleed released his fifth album, Off tha Curb. It is a collaborative album with the up-and-coming rapper Freize.
Young Bleed was signed to a Strange Music subsidiary called Strange Lane Records and his first album with the label, Preserved was released on October 11, 2011. On April 24, 2012, it was announced Young Bleed had been dropped from Strange Music and signed to another label. In late 2012, he announced his newest album, "All Amedican" and revealed a release date for October or November 2012. However, the album was pushed back several times and is expected to be released in 2013.
In 2016, Young Bleed announced that he was working on a new studio album. The album is set to be released January 20th, 2017.