IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: YOUNG BONEZ: What city and state are you from?
YOUNG BONEZ: I was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri in Pine Lawn and U.City neighborhoods. Right now I currently stay in North Carolina because I’m in The Army at Fort Bragg.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
YOUNG BONEZ: As far as I know no one in my family has ever tried to do music so I can’t say it runs in my family, but I’ve been personally rapping since I was five years old and that’s not an exaggeration. Before I was able to write my own name I was able to freestyle and didn’t actually start writing my raps until I was eight. At the age of twelve I thought I was pretty good, it just so happened one day the rapper Chingy was on Hot 104.1 the radio station while I was listening to it. They told people to call in to request a song but instead of calling to request a song I called in and spit a quick verse for Chingy. They liked it a lot, didn’t even know I was so young and told me to stay on the line so he could get my contact information. While I was on hold our phone line cut out and I lost him. At age 13 or 14 Trey Songz had just dropped that “LOL Smiley Face” where he gave out that hotline he had I went on there, thought I was leaving him a message rapping, instead a rapper named Kool Kraze heard me and hit me up said he would help me get signed so I was rapping on his online radio show for about a month until we got into an argument and he cut me off. He’s kind of big now though. Then when I was seventeen, going on eighteen, I was in Job Corps. While in Job Corps I did a lot of concerts for the campus and did a concert for the U. City School district with the staff member that owned the studio in the recreational center, Curtis Hill, I’ll never forget him. Curtis Hill said that he knew David McPherson’s (the Vice president of Epic Records) father. He hooked me up with David McPherson and by the time I left Job Corps he was talking about signing me. My mom told me I either got signed or I was going to the Military when I got out of Job Corps. About six months later Mr. McPherson hit me up we talked for a little bit then I mentioned the ultimatum my mom had given me. I don’t know if he thought I was trying to pressure him or something but he backed out on the deal and said my voice was too monotone and told me I should try the Navy and that there were a bunch of artist that made it through the military. That was the last time we ever spoke so I went to the Army which is where I am now.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
YOUNG BONEZ: I’ve had this burning passion in me my whole life and it went from enjoying doing it to actually doing something with it. It’s so many
reasons I want to make music I mean I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care about the money so I’m not gone say that, but what I will say is that money and fame is nowhere near the main reason I want to record and release my own music that’s just the perks that comes with it. The biggest reasons would have to be to bring something different to the world not in the sense of sounding different but thinking different. I want people to listen to my music and get a better understanding of me and at the same time be able to change the way people feel while they listening to my songs. I mean we all hear those songs that when you listen to them they make you want to hit the club or you may have that one song that you listen to when you’re mad. I want to make tracks like that I don’t want you to be able to listen to my songs and still be able to sit in the same position. My music has to make you move and have that power to change your attitude without sounding like every other song in your phone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
YOUNG BONEZ: This is the best question you could have asked me, I was waiting on this. My songs are about three things. The biggest thing I try to get across in my music and the way I act are to be yourself because it’s not cool to follow trends that’s why I don’t wear Jordans because everyone has them. Instead of following trends be a trend setter and never be afraid to speak your mind. Now-a-days everyone wants be “cool” and look “cool” but that in itself isn’t cool. The things we think are cool are that way because someone thought outside the box and made it so, everyone else that copies it are just a bunch of followers and some of the things we do it’s because we are afraid of what other people are going to think about us. The crazy part is we are just too afraid to admit it or we just don’t notice it so that’s what I try to get through my music, be yourself, be 100% you, and people will think you are the coolest person in the world. To be honest the second thing I write about is whatever is on my mind at the time that’s what makes my songs so unique, that’s why everyone can relate to them because you can listen to my songs and find things that you went through, did, or felt yourself. That’s the problem with other rappers today. They all talk about the same things but they don’t put their personal life and feelings into their songs which is why a lot of them are seen as more than human or as bad influences for the people, people meaning adults and kids alike. So I try to put as much of my personal experiences, and my personal life in my music as I can. The last thing is simple I try to really get across my love for music and my dedication to what I do if I have to stay up for days doing shows and working in the studio I will happily do it, that’s fun to me, I love performing, I love being in the studio that’s the greatest thing in the world to me, being surrounded by what I love to do. So I try to show people through my word play and or the construction of how my music is set up and how hard I work on projects how much I really do love this.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
YOUNG BONEZ: My fan base is directed toward everyone who has ever been human. It’s directed toward the cool people, the lames, the people that grew up in the hood, the people that didn’t, the rich, the poor, the people in between, and the list just goes on forever because one, I’m a very open minded person I feel like in my lifetime I will be in all the situations and in the short time I have been living that has proven to be true. Two, everyone is human and believe it or not everyone will eventually go through the same thing or has gone through the same thing everyone else has. So if I rap about relationship problems one day no matter what your background is you can relate to that because everyone has dated someone or liked someone before. If I rap about wanting more money everyone wants more money and I believe you’re a lie if you say you don’t because everyone could use some extra cash even if it’s just ten dollars. So my fan base is everyone I’m not trying to have just a certain group of people listening to me I want the whole world.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
YOUNG BONEZ: People are going to think this is funny but the person that made me start rapping at age five was Lil Bow Wow. The reason is because he looked so young in my eyes he was my age I’m five years old and see this short kid in a music video bouncing around on a scooter he living my life. Another major influence to me is of course Tupac. I know that’s what everyone says but my reason is different, I loved Tupac because of not only how poetic he was but his passion. In every word he spoke there was no doubt you knew how he felt. If he was angry you was angry too if he felt like partying turning up you did too so I try to capture that same passion in my lyrics. Tell you the truth everyone that successfully makes music inspires me but if I had to choose one more it would be Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne is one of the first people that really nailed it into my head how dedicated you have to be to this music business. You have to live and breathe it and put your all into every single thing you do or else you will be doing it for nothing. If you’re not working your hardest I feel like you don’t need to be doing it you must not really want it and Lil Wayne taught me that. Lil Wayne is such a big inspiration to me because I see the work that he put in he’s learned multiple instruments, did multiple genres, signed multiple artist, and I can look at him and tell that man has went days without sleep but deep down in his heart knew it was worth it but like I said everyone
influences me one way or another but those three are my biggest.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
YOUNG BONEZ: The way I would describe my music to people is passionate but at the same time fun. No matter what song you listen to you will see that I mean every word that I say and even the words I don’t say throughout the song you’ll know how I feel. You’ll get the same feeling I got when I wrote the song but at the same time it shares that balance to where you will still have fun listening to it. Some people make their songs too emotional it kind of kills the mood. My music is empathetic you feel how I feel when you listen to my music and it’s only gone get better as time goes on but at the same time my music is relatable when you hear it you’re not going to think of me as a celebrity you’re going to think of me as a person.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
YOUNG BONEZ: What makes me standout as an artist is my personality, I don’t need an image because my image is good enough. I know it’s not just music alone it’s also personality, how you carry yourself, and your “image”, and I don’t like saying that because an image is fake to me I’m already kind of rebellious but not in a way where you won’t like me as a person but in a way where when you see me you gone know I do my own thing, I don’t follow the crowd, I try to stand out from the rest while everyone else is making club songs I might be the guy to make a love song and then everyone else starts making love songs and while everyone is doing that I’ll make a hype song that people go crazy to. Same thing with fashion while everyone rocking Jordans I’m going to be the rapper to bring Adidas, back and when everyone rocking chains I’m gone be the one with the dope ass rosary that every wants now.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
YOUNG BONEZ: Upcoming projects I’m working on right now, most people say mixtape but I am working on an album! The album is called “The Misunderstood Story” and it basically is supposed to capture every emotion that I feel into this one album. Some of the songs are going to be club songs, love songs, money songs, break up songs, songs about struggle etc. but one thing is for sure all of them are going to be different when you hear them you are going to know you’re listening to Young Bonez. My second project that I’m working on actually is a mixtape with a bunch of freestyles on there. The mixtape is called “BetterThanRap” (BTR). It’s basically just me showing off my rapping talents having fun with what I do having a good time rapping and killing other people beats, beats people want to see killed. Also on this mixtape I try to rap to the beats that I haven’t heard other artist rap to just to prove how good I am by choosing a more complicated beat that no one wants to get on and completely demolishing it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
YOUNG BONEZ: As far as my career goals go I feel like Drake said it best “When I die I’m a legend”. I’m trying to be a legend but I don’t even want to wait untill I die, I want to be a living legend one of the very few that we have, and I know it seems like big talk for someone who hasn’t made it yet but when you set goals you have to aim for not the top, but above the top. Once you get to the top you have to build something on top of that and keep building so that you can inspire others to surpass the goals that you achieved. In 10 years I want to have my own record label called “Better Than Rap Entertainment”. The name has such a deep meaning to it. It means being better than what you do and being better than what you are. It means that you did something so good that you don’t even know what to call it anymore. Also in 10 years I want to sign other people from St. Louis because no one has came out of St. Louis since Nelly and I feel like the world thinks that Nelly is the only thing we have to offer, but I want to show the world that it’s so many different types of rap in St. Louis. Also I don’t want to just sign rappers in 10 years I want to have singers, dancers, actors, comedians, and whatever other talent I can get in my company because I feel that having a passion is one of the most important things in life and that’s what my company is going to be about, not entertainment but passion.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
YOUNG BONEZ: My music is on so many sites along with my email.
Anyone can feel free to contact me I reply to all.
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