Meet Yung illi, a young hip hop artist that is making moves. He is out here making a name for himself and is doing a good job at doing that. While he is investing in his career, recording new music, and branding himself, his fanbase is increasing by the numbers. His latest single, “Take Control” is a great example for the new listeners to hear. From wordplay and creative delivery, “Take Control” is a great song to add to the playlist.
Glad we had a chance to talk with Yung illi about his new music and project, upcoming plans and lessons he has learned while being in this music industry.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
I’m Yung illi, a 23 year old rap/hip-hop artist from Rock Hill S.C. I was first inspired by Lil’ Wayne, ESPECIALLY from the Carter II/Mixtape Weezy/Carter 3era. I basically learned how to use punchlines and metaphors from Weezy. At the moment, J.Cole is the artist I try to model my music after. I take a lot from him. My whole style isn’t all J. Cole type music, but if I was to drop an album right now, everyone could tell who it’s Cole I look up too, without biting him too much. Also, Drake, Big Sean, and Jay-Z have a huge influence in my song writing and lyrical stylings.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is original, thoughtful, lyrical, all-around and fun. I love to use metaphors, I love to go deep, I love to make entertaining music, I love to be abstract some times. I feel like my versatility is a huge strength, because it opens so many doors, and I can still be myself because I’m not forcing it. It’s all natural.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
My experience creating my promo single “Take Control” was a crazy process man. When I first heard the beat, I was like this is it! I wanted the single to portray my integrity and to show I was in my own lane. I wanted people to hear that I could mix my feelings, my beliefs, my goals, with metaphors, and show I don’t have to talk about money, cars, and clothes to have a good song.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
I’m working on several things at the moment. I’m working on marketing my clothing line called “illZotic” I’m working on my upcoming single “Can I Flex”, which I plan on making my launching pad for my career. Also, I’m working on a trip to L.A, in which I have many interviews, a video shoot for my single “Can I Flex” and “Take Control” and promote network out there and booking and performing in some shows for the New Year, starting January 17’. Also, I’m working on performing in SXSW and other big music festivals.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
The biggest highlight of my career is getting on major blogs such as Thisis50, HHS1987, UGHH, and Hip-hop weekly. Also, I’m going to L.A Feb 9th-13th for some interviews with some radio stations, the nikki rich show (she’s a celebrity interviewer), and an interview with Media Mangy (plus much more) that will be the biggest highlight in my career.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Mainstream. I love independent artists, but I have to choose mainstream. One because the artist I was motivated by are mainstream. I want to do mainstream differently though. It’s hard to make people love you for who you are, without flexing money, cars, and clothes, but that’s what I plan to do, and that’s even harder mainstream. I love the challenge!
Name something random that people do not know about you.
People don’t know I’m an anime and manga freak. I love just about all anime/manga, but my favorites are Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Naruto, and One Punch Man. Ask me anything about DBZ! (laughs).
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
I’ve learned that you have to stand out. When I say stand out, I don’t necessarily mean with your music (is a plus), but you have to be the most professional, you have to have a good brand, you have to be everywhere, you have to meet people, and you have to SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. Ever since August 2016, I’ve probably invested over $3,000 in my career and that’s just to build the foundation for the house! The main thing I learned though is, believe in yourself, stay humble, and stick your plans/process.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect a lot of things from me in the future. You can expect me to keep building connects, keep building my brand, and to not let anything or anybody Take Control of my career. Expect “Can I Flex” video to hit over 100K and expect to see me continue to grow.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Go to www.yungilli.com to keep up with all my news, press, music, shows etc. Thank you for the interview!
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