A young Edmonds man who admits he hasn’t always made the right decisions hopes that now, at the ripe age of 21, he can make an impact through his music.
Dyllyn Greenwood is a budding rap singer who has become an activist for homeless and troubled youth. His life changed after he posted a video on YouTube called “12th and Jackson: A Corner Story.”
In it, Greenwood raps while handing out jackets and other accessories to homeless people he picked up from donations and nonprofit organizations.
“I just wanted to have some kind of positive impact, so after people saw the video they might think differently and start some kind of change,” said Greenwood, who graduated from Scriber Lake High School.
“I realized the effect we have on people, and there’s a lot of negativity in the world. If you take time to look for the good, it’s really hard to see it, you know what I mean?”
So many people responded positively to the video that Greenwood was caught unprepared for the donations of clothes and food that poured in. But now, he says, he is considering his options and hopes to open a nonprofit community center of sorts in Edmonds, similar to others he’s seen in the Seattle area.
The young musician, who continues to make music and videos that he posts on his Facebook page, says he makes a living by buying and selling electronic equipment online. He also creates music videos for others and sells his own T-shirts and music at shows.
Greenwood’s next show is Feb. 8 at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle, where he will perform with several other groups. Tickets to the 21-and-over show are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
— Story and photo by Brian Soergel