Slidin’ Thru: Nyck Caution

July 3, 2018

Read the full interview at YoungCalifornia.com!

Being a part of the Pro Era collective gives you the automatic cosign that you belong in hip-hop. With Joey Bada$$ paving the way for true lyricists in the rap game, the rest of the New York supergroup follows suit. Insert Nyck Caution, who proves he can spit just like the rest of his peers. Read more…

Hailing from Brooklyn, the 24-year-old released his first full-length mixtape titled Disguise the Limit in 2016. With songs like “Church,” Nyck was able to create art for the people to relate to, bringing in his own experiences with everyday life struggles we all go through. From touring worldwide with Joey to now opening for Flatbush Zombies on the See You In Hell Tour, Nyck makes sure to always uphold the legacy of Pro Era co-founder Capital STEEZ, who passed away in 2012.

For those who don’t know, who Is Nyck Caution?
Nyck Caution is a rapper from Brooklyn. A part of the Pro Era collective.

How would you describe your sound specifically?
I would say on certain things, I’m real aggressive. I always was competitive in sports. And just growing up — video games and stuff. So I just always try and go hard and kill shit. But then I have other sides where now I’m trying to write more songs more, like have full concepts. I balance them both out.

How does being from Brooklyn play into your life and music?
I’m from Brooklyn. That’s just where I’m from. That’s where I met Joey. I met everybody in Pro Era. I grew up on Brooklyn music. I grew up on New York music: Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent — just that whole aesthetic sticks with me.

I interviewed Joey at our last Power event and I interview a lot of people. Everyone asks me “What’s been my favorite interview”? I always say Joey Bada$$. He’s one of my favorite artists.
Me and him met in high school.

No way?
Yeah, we met in high school. He’s a year younger than me. I’m 24. Joey’s 23. I’ll tell you a story. We were both in theater and we had to take a dance class because it was part of the curriculum. So he was in my dance class and we met. It was Theater Movement and we had to do a show at the end of the year. And we convinced the teacher to let us do a wrestling choreographed dance. He was in my group and we did a wrestling match. That’s how we met.

Talk about being a part of the Pro Era Clan. What’s the dynamic like?
It’s amazing. We’ve been on the road since 2013 and it’s all my friends from high school. I was friends with a lot of people, but once I joined that group, it was more of like a family. It was a brotherhood. We’ve all came up together, so it’s amazing to still see everyone after all these years.

What’s the best advice Joey Bada$$ has given you?
I don’t even know what the best advice would be, but just watching him flourish in his career is just… what’s the word?

Inspiring, but it’s like a blessing. I’ve watched him since he was a freshman. I was older than him. I knew him. I knew he rapped. And I knew he acted too. And I just seen him become who he is now — that’s amazing. It’s definitely inspiring.

What do you want fans to get from your story?
I want — because I have a completely different story. I’m from a neighborhood in Brooklyn that’s not like one of these big neighborhoods. It’s called Mill Basin, and I grew up around a bunch of kids who were on pills. Overdosing on stuff. So I’m not preaching to not do that, but it’s part of my story. It’s part of who I became. And I know with the music I’ve put out, in the past, a lot of people relate to it. That’s why I liked music growing up. I just want to relate to people and give my story. I know people who go through the same type of shit.

How important is it to come to Los Angeles as an up and coming artist?
LA is like the mecca of a lot of stuff. Nowadays, I don’t even think coming to LA is as crazy as it used to be. You could do everything on the Internet. Like, you could blow up in any little town. As long as you have something that works, it’ll work. You don’t even have to be in LA.

If you have one song for fans to hear, what would it be?
“See You In Hell”. Some new shit.

What’s the crowd like at Smokers Club compared to back home?
The crowd here was good. I went on early so it wasn’t super packed. But towards the end of my set, a lot of people started running in and I jumped in the crowd. They were dope. For what it was, it was really good.

Talk about the upcoming Steez Day Festival in New York.
It’s amazing every year. It’s amazing.

It’s the fourth one, so how have you watched that evolve?
Watching it evolve is crazy, but we usually figure it out as we go, like what we’re gonna do. It’s just the whole fact that we can still bring people out for Steez. It’s amazing.

You’re only 24, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t know. We’ll see. I want to act. I want to do a lot of different shit. We’ll see where the ride takes me.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I wake up. Drink some coffee. Play some Fortnite. Depending on what I have to do for the day. I’ll go to the studio. I’ll get food. I’ll play some basketball. It depends on my day. Some days, it’s like a music video. It all depends.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Kid Cudi.

How excited are you today then?
He’s like my idol.

Last time I saw him in LA, he brought out Kanye!
That’s what they’re saying. They’re saying he might bring out Kanye.

What would you be doing if you didn’t do music?

Dream collab?
Kid Cudi.

You better make that happen!
I love Kid Cudi. Like how you said, “what do I want from music?” I want like — not the same effect — but the way he had an effect on music is like… that’s something that really inspired me.

Is there anything else you want to let us know?
I’m on tour with the Flatbush Zombies right now. That shit is crazy.

They’re fire!
Zombies are sick. But we’re on tour now. Their album is out, Vacation in Hell. “See You In Hell” by me is out. New music coming soon.

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