Atlanta is the home to many rap stars, from the legendary Jeezy to T.I. to Young Thug to the Migos.
But hailing from the Westside of the A is also Young Cooley, who’s ready to hang with the big dogs in the game.
While Young Cooley, born Brandon Thomas, draws inspiration from the late Tupac, he prides himself in delivering happy, turn up music. The street shit is cool, but he wants to bring positivity into your life.
As evidenced in singles “R Kelly” and “Yes I Did,” Cooley proves why he’s a force to reckon with. It’s his lyrical delivery over hard-hitting beats that allows him to continue to express himself through the music, recently putting out his project My Turn Now in July of this year.
AllHipHop: For those who don’t know, who is Young Cooley?
Young Cooley: A cool person from Atlanta that does music and talks a lot of s##t.
AllHipHop: Why do you talk a lot of s##t?
Young Cooley: I can back it up. It’s more of my persona. It’s not just talking s##t, it’s more like popping s##t. Lingo type s##t.
AllHipHop: You were actually shot 3 times, when did that happen?
Young Cooley: On February 5th this year. I got hit twice in the chest and one in the face. In my eye. Just a home invasion, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some guys tried to come in and it was a big old shootout. A Scarface shootout, but I did what I had to do. Bang bang bang. I took a couple, but I survived.
AllHipHop: Was there any type of trauma after that?
Young Cooley: I mean, there’s a little PTSD. I don’t like hearing loud s##t like that. Sometimes I’ll be a little more aware about surroundings, but I’m good. I’m great.
AllHipHop: How did you move differently after that?
Young Cooley: I started posting more money, just started doing my thing a little harder. Started popping more s##t, let them know that ain’t stop me. It’s lit.
AllHipHop: Why is it your turn now?
Young Cooley: Because it’s my time. I’ve been grinding for a minute. Everybody knows my name, they know my face. I ain’t really been capping on it. Everything I’m saying is real true facts. This year, I’m getting my breakthrough. They finally woke up, they woke.
AllHipHop: How did you connect with Future initially?
Young Cooley: Man just popping s##t in the city, doing my own thing. Just being popular, the dressing and the lingo. He reached out to me through a mutual friend. It was a while back like 5 years ago. But still till this day, a lot of people don’t have a song with Future. That means something, he doesn’t just work with anybody. You gotta be that n##ga or you gotta have something different for him to work with you.
AllHipHop: What’d you learn from being in the studio with him?
Young Cooley: His work ethic is 1000. He goes hard, he can do 1000 songs a day. I’ll give him that. He’s a cool dude, can’t nothing from him. Even though we haven’t spoke in a while, he’s very cool. I’m cool though. [chuckles]
AllHipHop: What can we expect music-wise?
Young Cooley: Over lit s##t. Cool s##t. More happy music. Fun music. When you wake up and you want to pop s##t, play me.