Slidin’ Thru: Yella Beezy

September 12, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Yella Beezy is exactly where he needs to be in the rap game. Having rapped for a few years now, the Texas native remains consistent in delivering raw lyrics over 808’s and trapped-out beats. Read more…

The numbers don’t lie. His standout single, “That’s On Me” was released in 2017, showcasing Yella Beezy’s down South influence paired with his own storytelling. With an impressive 20 million views back in May, the music video has since now tripled in views, clocking it at nearly 55 million views. More recently, Yella gave his already poppin’ single, “Up 1,” the remix treatment, recruiting Lil Baby who recently went from local Atlanta star to garnering attention on a global scale. Dripping from head to toe in high fashion, the 26-year-old proves he’s just getting started.

For those who don’t know, who is Yella Beezy?
Just a regular person from Dallas. I just see myself as Yella Beezy.

Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
I’m in my own lane. I can do both genres, so I say I’m in the lane of Yella Beezy. Period.

You’re from Dallas, how does that play into your life and career?
I’m from Oak Cliff, it plays a big part. I’m able to talk about the struggle I’ve been through. Everything that I’ve seen, I put into my music. That’s what makes me.

I feel like your sound is super trap-y, can you talk about your biggest influences?
UGK, Geto Boys, the original Cash Money, No Limit. Of course, Eazy, Biggie, Pac, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Do or Die, shit like that. Kevin Gates, Boosie.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s a whole other world. When you’re in LA and New York, you damn near got the whole USA-type shit. You got them on your back, so it’s very important. Once you’re poppin’ out here, that means you’re really doing something. You’re somebody if people out here in Cali know you.

How’d you get your name?
It’s based off my skin complexion. Everybody always called me “Yella Boy” or “Red.” My favorite color is blue, so I couldn’t do the red name. The yella part, I stuck with it just because everyone kept on calling me that. But I wanted Beezy in there because back in the day, everybody’s name had an “eezy” on it. You had people like Teezy, Jeezy, or whatever it is. So instead of being Yella Boy, because I feel like it was too common, I just wanted Yella Beezy.

“That’s On Me” has over 54 million views on YouTube. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
I never thought it was going to be that one, I thought it was going to be another one. I knew it was going to be a good ass song, but I don’t know why I felt like the song that was on my tape was going to be more of an uptempo song that would go before that song. That’s a better way to say it, I thought it would be a more uptempo song that would go big. When I did it, I knew it was hot, but I didn’t know it was going to do what it did. It changed my life though.

I also love your record “Up One” with Lil Baby. Talk about working with him.
It’s really cool. It’s a genuine relationship. When we fuck with each other, we fuck with each other each tough.

How’d you guys link up with each other?
I think we linked off of Instagram first. Then when he came to Dallas, we just linked up and started working.

That’s crazy, artists just DM each other and they link up?
I feel like ain’t nothing wrong with it. If you actually got something going and you wanna fuck with somebody — and you know you on when you on — I don’t see what’s wrong with hollering at ‘em. If you wanna reach out and do a song with them.

Last year, you released your project Broke Nights Rich Days. What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Everything I’ve been through. I just want motherfuckers to hear my testimony. It wasn’t easy, this shit wasn’t given to me. It was hard work and dedication. I was blessed to say I even made it to the point where I’m at, especially coming from my city. It’s one of those situations where you have to feel where I’m coming from, because we didn’t come from no easy place.

What is your take on the music industry?
It depends what you mean. It’s up and down. Fake motherfuckers, wannabes, and then you have to deal with a lot of personalities and a lot of bullshit. But it’s part of the game, something you just have to deal with.

I saw you post on IG about keeping your circle small. Are people treating you different as you gain fame?
Of course. You’re going to see all the fake shit. All the “I knew you were going to make it” and “I’ve always had faith in you.” From the ex’s to the girls that you wanted to fuck with and they want to fuck with you now, to the fake ass partners like, “Oh, we’ve been fucking around with you” or “You my n*gga.” All that type of square ass shit.

What did you do with your first check?
I just went and invested in myself. I went and got my drip up, bought clothes, jewelry, and cars. I got another living environment, looked out for my people.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Most of the time, I try to stay out of the way. I’d rather just chill with my family and be with my little boy.

You have a kid? How old is he?
Six months, he’ll be seven months next month. I’d rather be chilling with my little one. Recording, staying out of the way, taking trips, flying, and just having fun.

How’s fatherhood and being a rapper? How are you balancing that?
It’s tough ‘cause you’re always on the road. When you actually have something going and you got a hot single, you’re on the go all the time. You have to make time for not just your kid, but if you got a girlfriend, your family, your momma, you have to make time for all that. If I’m on the road for a week straight, I fly them out too. I have to.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I don’t know, that’s a good question. [laughs] I’m not going to lie, I’d probably still be in the streets.

A lot of rappers say trapping.
They say that. A lot of motherfuckers say that, but they aren’t really doing that shit. I think I’d still be in the streets trying to make it out, trying to make a way.

3 things you need in the studio?
Water, a good ass beat, and a bomb ass engineer.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I don’t know because my fans are crazy. Some of them are crying, and freaking out. Their reaction to me is just crazy. I’m still growing to it. I’m like, “Damn, they’re doing all this over me?” It hasn’t hit me, the things I’ve accomplished. I’m still in my grindmode feeling like I’m a regular, ordinary person. At the same time, I’m not. But I’m not big headed, so I don’t let it get to me.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
I don’t listen to just one artist. I listen to everything. Sometimes, I don’t even want to listen to the new music, I’ll be wanting to jam the old school music. It’s not just one person I could say, other than me.

Give us some new ones though.
Lil Baby, Gunna, Moneybagg, NBA Youngboy, TrapBoy Freddy, Lil’ Ronnie.

Dream collab?
Right now, you could say Kevin Gates, Future, and Drake.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Yella Beezy?
You have to be good at it. Don’t try to be me, be yourself. I’m just being real, you have to have some type of talent. Be yourself. Find your original sound. Just be you. Live your life and tell your story. The most important thing I tell people is don’t just try to do music for your homeboys, do music for everybody. You need to have a blend of everything, and that’s how you win. You have to gain an actual fan base. Once you gain an actual fan base, you can do whatever you want to.

Anything else you want to let us know?
I’m finna be in yo mothafuckin’ faces! [laughs]

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