YOUNG SE7EN: I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas.
IAA: What is your musical background?
YOUNG SE7EN: Growing up, I was heavily influenced by artists such as Slick Rick. I used to love the story telling, but when N.W.A. came along I thought they lived in my neighborhood, hearing them rap about things I was seeing around me everyday. So from there “Gangsta Rap” was my favorite. I never had intentions to become a rapper myself. It was a backup plan but music was always a part of my life, being a voice for people living in the ghettos in poverty and things. A lot of my music reflects what I see, feel, and go through.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
YOUNG SE7EN: Honestly, all things in my life at that time were bad and I wanted more out of life and felt I had a story to tell that was just as real as this guy or that guy that was on the radio or television. So, one day I told my nephew that we were going to stack a certain amount of money and go back home, because I was in Dayton Ohio at the time, and start a record label with me being the producer. As we all know things don’t always go as planned. I ended up having a minor set back. After my set back I couldn’t get a job that wasn’t a temporary one so I saw music as my job and as a way from which I had came.
IAA: What are your songs about?
YOUNG SE7EN: My songs are about life for real, the things people who don’t or can’t go to the clubs ALL THE TIME because their priorities are in order, things such as poverty, money, loyalty. I like cars so I make something I can act up to while I’m swanging in the ol’skool.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
YOUNG SE7EN: Yes, all of my music is written by me. No ghost writer. I have had help with coming up with a couple of hooks though, but all of my music is written by me.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
YOUNG SE7EN: At a very early age, I was influenced by artists such as, and this is kind of in order, Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee, LL, Beastie Boys and basically anybody Russell Simmons was bringing out at the time. That’s who my older brothers was listening to at that time, but then N.W.A. came along talking about the stuff I was seeing and I think that’s the first time I felt apart of music at a very young age. But straight up, when Tupac came on the scene it was over with because he could do it all, not just talking bout hustling or cops harassing you all of the time but also about what women were going through. He gave me a better idea of what my mother was going through also. It’s some new dudes too but that’s where I was really influenced.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
YOUNG SE7EN: Authentic, intriguing, and some what of a lesson plan because there’s always a message.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
YOUNG SE7EN: I’m me. We all live similar lives. Well, the ones that’s actually telling the truth whether we’re going to school, working a job, hustling or pimping. I’m where I say I am, doing what I say I’m doing, will do, or have done.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
YOUNG SE7EN: Right now, I’m working on me as a whole because I consider myself a project also because I can always improve. Whether it’s my delivery or my appearance, Young Se7en is a project. As far as music, there’s a mixtape about to drop called “Death Before Dishonor” and I’ve been doing a lot of collaborations and even been trying to expand into film.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see your self in 10 years?
YOUNG SE7EN: In ten years, I see myself being not only a successful artist but a successful entertainer. I would like to accomplish at least three platinum albums. If I pull that off that means I have reached a lot of people. I strive for success so I can help others. To be honest, my goals are to make a real change in places people in real high power don’t really pay attention to.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
YOUNG SE7EN: I’m on Twitter @YoungSe7en https://twitter.com/#!/YoungSe7en
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/youngse7en, Sound Cloud and FaceBook.