- July 23rd, 2011
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MISI Entertainment presents to you yet another EXCLUSIVE interview with Cali’s own “YUKMOUTH”
MISI: How’s it going Yukmouth? Thanks for taking the time to interview with us; its definitely a pleasure.
Yukmouth: Well just making a hit song & staying consistent with your rap career is hard.
MISI: What are some of the challenges you have encountered on your journey to success, and how you’ve overcome those obstacles?
Yukmouth: Dealing with these Yankee ass record labels taking money from you and pimping the artist there’s so many issues I can go on for hours…I woke up so now I’m signed to myself on my own record label SMOKE-A-LOT RECORDS and I’m the CEO now so I get all my money instead of the record label pimping me.
MISI: Lets talk about your song “Pac Man” on the Audio Invasion Mixtape which is definitely a banger for the streets. What kind of mind set do you need to be lyrically when writing a track like that
Yukmouth: Well you know the name came from the popular 80′s video game PAC-MAN so I just used that title to describe a drug dealer selling drugs or PACKS so since he sells PACKS he’s the PAC-MAN you dig and the lyrics is me I go in.COM!
MISI: You have aready showed the game how versatile you can be; what can we expect from you in the near future as well as your upcoming album?
Yukmouth: Right now we working on the super group album THE REGIME-DRAGON GANG album which is myself, TECH N9NE, DRU DOWN, LEE MAJORS, AMPICHINO, FREEZE, YOUNG BOSSY, RAH-MEAN, MONSTA GUNJAH, B.G. BULLET WOUND, CHOP BLACK, KUZZO FLY, T-LEW, CHINO NINO, BIG FASE MEL, and HD. After that drops I’m dropping two group albums one with MESSY MARV and one with AMPICHINO then finally I’m coming out with my next solo album titled J.J.-THUGGED OUT which will include a documentary about my life on the streets and the music industry. All coming out on SMOKE-A-LOT RECORDS
MISI: What inspired you to be an artist ? Who are your musical influences?
Yukmouth: My dad really inspired me to do music because he did music he was a bass guitar player from a band so he was the first to put a instrument in my hands which was the trumpet in the 3rd grade. Then after that I was a snare drum and bass drum player for a marching band in elementary school. Then when I got to Junior High I started rapping with a group called B.W.P. brothers with potential which included my future rap partner NUMSKULL from there I went to jail for selling drugs so in jail I had nothing but time to think and plot my future I told myself I’m never going back to jail and started getting serious with my rapping I was writing songs everyday. I also drew the famous LUNIZ logo which would become our logo and I also came up with the group name THE LUNIZ and NUMSKULLS name my own name so I been in this music game for a minute.
MISI: Who in the game that you haven’t worked with but would love to work with in the future?
Yukmouth: JAY-Z, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Nas, DR DRE, EMINEM, ANDRE 3000, and ICE CUBE.
MISI: If I were to turn on your ipod right now, what 3 artist would I see in your most recently played list?
Yukmouth: JAY-Z, Lil Wayne and YUKMOUTH LOL.
MISI: Now I have to ask this question for all the ladies out there: What type of girl gets your attention?
Yukmouth: my WIFEY I’m married.
MISI: If you weren’t rapping in what field would you likely be working in?
Yukmouth: I think I’d be a cartoonist because I love drawing cartoons.
MISI: What do you think is the biggest difference between rappers trying to make it in the game 10 years ago and rappers trying to make it in the game today?
Yukmouth: 10 yrs. ago a artist really had to know how to rap you couldn’t get a deal off gimmicks unless the gimmick was put out independently now a days rappers can get signed off video hits, mixtape downloads and radio spins so they only giving these artist single and ringtone deals instead of record deals like we had 10 yrs. ago.
MISI: What kind of advice can you give a person trying to pursue a music career?
Yukmouth: I would tell artist to go INDEPENDENT f*ck the record labels.
MISI: Lastly are there any shout outs you want to throw out there?
Yukmouth: Yeah shout out to my team at SMOKE A LOT RECORDS for keeping me consistent and relevant shout out to all my fans for supporting me over these year’s without you I wouldn’t be sh*t so I appreciate everyone’s love and support. I also want to give a BIG shout out to my crew THE REGIME for being LOYAL & holding the M.O.B down no matter what comes our way THANK YOU ALL..ONE VILL, 1 M.O.B all my fans check me out on www.smokealotrecords.com
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