San Diego is known as a tourist city for the people who are not familiar with the area. For the locals, they know that the city is full of struggles such as gangs and poverty. There are two notorious areas that are run by these groups, "Southeast San Diego" and "East San Diego". A way for these people to find a way out of their struggles is to vent through lyrics. There are certain standards for rappers coming out of San Diego. There is a lot of talent and competition, but along with the competition and talent comes a lot of adversity. Rapper Corey Thompson, professionally known as Young Gee, born June 8, 1987, is ready to face all the challenges that come along with being one of San Diego’s top rappers. His father launched a record label called Out Tha Gate Records. At the age of eleven this inspired him to become a musician. He started out wanting to produce beats, but later discovered a lyrical gift that people enjoyed to hear. His inspiration for music came from great rappers such as 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Too $hort, B-Legit, Ice Cube, WC, Mack 10, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and many others. What inspires him to make music and to make it in this industry is his family. Young Gee’s music is based on things he experienced as a child and as an adult. Running the streets as a young teen gave him the ammo to put his life into music. His life experiences and two sons are the reason he encourages kids and teens to finish school and be somebody. When Young Gee came out with his first mixtape, "Scrillafornia Vol. 1", it hit San Diego and other well known areas and became popular in the streets. On January 23, 2009 he released his second mixtape, "Scrilliafornia Vol.2", with more maturity, growth and production. He also released six other mixtapes: "Daygo to the I.E", "Fly Young Gangsta Vol. 1", "Fly Young Gangsta Vol. 2", "Jacking for Beats Vol. 1", "Jacking for Beats Vol 2", and "The Book of Young Gee and Lil Bootsy". Young Gee is preparing to release his eight mixtape "Definition of a Gee Vol. 1". In March 2010, Young Gee released his first major single, "According To My Swagga", which features platinum artist Maino. Young Gee has over 2.4 million plays and profile views on MySpace and over 27,000 MySpace friends with no major promotion. He receives 2,000-4,000+ music plays a day on MySpace. Young Gee has what it takes to make it as a major artist. He is inspired by the words of the Notorious B.I.G’s, who once said, "In the right hands I could be one of the greatest."