Slidin’ Thru: Yung Al

November 9, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Yung Al describes Houston as the “trendsetters of the world,” a bold statement until you realize the truth in the matter. From the legendary lyricist Scarface to DJ Screw’s Chopped and Screwed to La Flame (Travis Scott) to now Megan Thee Stallion, the Borrowed Time rapper is working his way to be next up out the city. Read more…

Hailing from the streets of Southside Houston (where he moved at the young age of 4), Al saw it all: from deaths to crime to “everything you can think of that goes on in the hood.” Growing up in that environment, unfortunately things can happen just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Just last year, he was shot and the bullet landed an inch away from my heart — but in less than 5 months, he was back on his feet. Picking up off the momentum of his “Jungle” Freestyle, Al continues to spill his heart into the mic.

For those who don’t know, who is Yung Al?
I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m originally born in New Iberia, Louisiana. I reside in Houston, Texas, I’m a hot artist out there too.

How would you describe your sound?
One of a kind, unique. It’s a genuine sound. I just do me man, I’m not scared. I say what they’re scared to say. They’re scared to talk about the struggle, they want to talk about them already being on or whatever.

How has music been a form of therapy for you?
Music, that’s how I vent. 

What did “Jungle” Freestyle do for your career?
That’s what started it. That’s what popped it all the way off. I dropped it and it blew up quick. I didn’t do no promotion on it, no nothing.

What were you going through in that moment?
Just typical life issues. Financial problems, all kinds of things.

How do you get the bag as an independent artist?
I rap hustle. I do features, shows, all that.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s really important because LA is a big circuit. You want to come here and expand.

What’s your favorite thing about the West Coast?
The weed. The weed in Houston is good too because it comes from this way, of course.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When the “Jungle” freestyle took off.

Who was getting locked up?
My brother. My blood brother, same mom same dad. He got 15 years for aggravated robbery.

What’s your take on the justice system?
It’s not fair all the time.

You able to talk to him?
Yeah, we talk. He just called me today to tell me he finna go on a 50-day restrictive housing. That’s crazy you asked me that, today he just called me and told me that.

You just dropped the visual for “Fall In.” What were you going through when you recorded that?
Just on the come up. You have it learn how to adapt everywhere you go. You have to fall in. You have to catch up, you have to catch in. Fall in.

You spit a lot about getting paper. How else you getting money?
It’s all just music. I get paid off my music, my streams, etc. My bills get paid off my music.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
It doesn’t matter what nobody tells you, just keep doing what you’re doing period. You have to be relentless, you can’t let nothing stop you.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
More consistency on dropping more music.

How important is social media for your career?
It’s really important. Social media is the best way to get to people because that’s all they be on. I’m on it all day everyday, but you won’t know I’m on it though.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
Lira Galore. She’s a model, she fine. And DaBaby.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Music, weed, and hood shit. Shit, chillin’. We post up like this [on the block]. We just post up and chill.

3 things you need in the studio?
Lifesavers, weed, and Hennessy. Oh, and the blue Powerade.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I’d be trying to get me some money, another kind of way. I’ma fall in.

Who’s in your Top 5 right now?
YoungBoy, NoCap, Rylo Rodriguez, Kevin Gates, and Durkio (Lil Durk). They just spit that real.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
They caught me unloading my bags at the airport. I just so happen to have a portrait picture in the back that I signed for him and gave him a CD, it was their birthday.

Dream collab?
Yung Al and Bruno Mars.

What advice do you have for an inspiring Yung Al?
Make sure you put your career in the right hands. You don’t want to put it nobody’s hands, make sure you don’t let nobody lead you the wrong way.

Anything else you want to let us know?
Follow me at @al_behind_tint. #VisionsMakeBands, whatchu saying? Go download Borrowed Time out now on all platforms.

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