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Kamiak student uses music to get through medical issues


April 11, 2018

Nathan Campos, left, with his music partner Luis Alfaro. Together, they form the duo “YLC” Crew, and they won the Kamiak’s Got Talent show on March

Overcoming obstacles is nothing new to Kamiak senior Nathan Campos.

Campos has had a hip bone disease since he was in the fifth grade, and has spent a lot of time on the surgery table as a result.

“My hip issues really started to bother me the start of my freshman year of high school, and one day I couldn't take it anymore, so I went to go see a specialist and figured out I needed to have an emergency hip surgery two days later,” Campos said. “Ever since that I had two surgeries sophomore year, one my junior year, and yes, one my senior year.”

Campos, and his friend, Luis Alfaro, also a Kamiak senior, together form the hip-hop duo “YLC Crew” and won the Kamiak’s Got Talent show on March 30.

Despite the surgeries and the grueling times, his mother, Star Salas, feels her son is very driven in his music.

“He has had five hip surgeries, and is very motivated to be famous one day,” Salas said.

Campos and his mother both say he’s been interested in music since he was little.

“I’ve been interested in music, not just rap, all my life but I really started to write originals when I was a sophomore in high school,” Campos said. “I felt like it was time to get my voice out. My first song I actually took time to write was called ‘Life's a Trip.’”

In order to help get through the mentally draining and emotional times, Campos got more into music than ever before.

“It was really hard to go through all that mentally, but when I would write music it was like I was in my own world with no troubles and no worries about anything,” Campos said. “It was just me and my notebook.

“Now I'm doing really good, and I continue to write about my health and life experiences.”

Like many aspiring artists, especially those interested in hip-hop and rap, Campos uses the platform SoundCloud to get his music out to the public.

Campos, or “YoungDub,” his rap name, has multiple songs with more than 1,000 hits on his SoundCloud. His first song, “Life’s a Trip” has more than 12,000.

“Nathan has been into music since he could walk,” Salas said. “Nathan has always loved to entertain people. He’s got a really awesome heart, he cares a lot about people and their feelings.”

Campos said his musical inspirations are “old school” like Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube as well as current artists such as Kendrick Lamar, but he hopes to have his own kind of sound.

“The music I write is in rap form, but I feel that I have my own unique sound because there's a lot of kids that try to rap like other people who are ‘making it’ and feel like that's the route they need to take,” Campos said. “Me, I'm all about switching my flows and speaking to my generation.”

Campos said he chose to sign up for Kamiak’s Got Talent in order to show people who he really is, as well as to show how much work he puts into his music.

“I wanted to show people that I haven't just been sitting at home doing nothing,” Campos said. “I wanted to show them what I’ve been doing because a lot of people when they first meet wouldn't think of me as a rapper, but I sure did show everyone who attended who YoungDub is.”

Campos and Alfaro performed a song called “YLC Anthem,” which they co-wrote.

Winning a school talent show is just another step for Campos, who has big aspirations for the future.

“I hope I could get my music on bigger platforms and spread it all over the world for people to hear,” he said.

Unlike many people who try to get famous for financial purposes, Campos described money as a “bonus.”

“For me, money is a bonus, not the motive,” Campos said. “My motive is to give my family everything they've never had and take them places they could only dream of. I want to help others who are always put down and told they can't be anything, and bring others along on my mission to speak to my generation.”

In addition to those in the audience that Campos won over, his mom is still his number one fan.

“I am very confident Nathan will always work hard to fulfill his music dreams,” Salas said. “He will always help people in need of help, and will continue to put others first, regardless of what kind of obstacles are thrown his way.”

For anyone interested in talking to Campos about his music, his email is You can also find his music on SoundCloud @YoungDub.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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