YOUNG E CLASS
By Nigel Jamal
For those that don’t know who is Young E Class?
Young E Class is just an original real genuine dude, morals, principles, an original street n*gga, back from when being a street n*gga really meant something.
What made you choose to do music?
My older Brother. Watching them do it and listening to Tupac. I would get sucked into ‘Pacs’s energy. He had a real aura about him. I was young and may not have understood what he was saying, but his energy pulled me in.
How would you describe your sound?
Original. Unique. Authentic. One of a kind. One of one. Nobody sounds like me and I don’t sound like nobody.
Based on your past experiences in the streets, how do you feel about artists that speak about the streets, but haven’t lived it?
I’m 50 – 50 on it. I have to be analytical about it, because at the end of the day rap is an expression. It’s still creative wordplay. If you’re creative through your words and expression and you can paint a street picture, a valid picture, a drug dealing picture, even though you may not have lived it I can understand where you’re coming from since that’s how you put your words together. Yet, from living that life, seeing somebody glorifying it, rapping about it and then getting praised for what they didn’t live, it’s hard to stomach. It’s hard to digest that. I understand it from both sides equally, though.
After what you’ve been through in your life do you still talk about street life in your music? Why or why not?
I have to talk about it. My whole DNA is from the streets. My family is from the streets. Street law is centered in my family, that code they speak of. I was raised by street n*ggas. My Mother lived by that street sh*t. My Father still live by that street sh*t. I have to talk about it because those are my experiences. If I didn’t talk about it, I could be robbin’ a young dude the chance to really understand what he’s steppin’ into and the chance to give him game. He might want to get out or he might listen to that game and sharpen up. However it goes, I just want to give someone the opportunity to be the best they can be.
With so many artists trying to come up, what’s your plan to standout?
Just being original. Being authentic. To not ride any waves, because waves crash and waves calm. If your whole career is based upon a wave, a trend, a certain set of music, once that trend is gone, your gone. I just stay true to myself, to my story, my living and on the goals that making it in music will bring. Being real.
What music do you have out now and what’s next?
I have “Bag Season” out, which was my first EP and my second EP “On Guard” that came out this past summer. I also, have out 2 mixtapes, “Ten Days” and “Better Late Than Never”. I have a slew of cover songs out going over Shy Glizzy beats, over some old Jim Jones beats and I got one over that Ella Mai “Trip”. Coming next, I have this real sneaky mixtape that’s going to be a helluva project. I can’t give up too much just know I’m coming with it.
What are your goals for your music?
For my music to make me immortal. I want to live forever. Through my music I can do that. I can reach every generation that comes after me. My goals are to be great and provide opportunities. Music itself can provide a lot of jobs for people around you, jobs for people that might have a felony, who are having a hard time getting a real good job. I want to make the money that music can make and show people what they can do with it.
Do you have any positive words for other artists out there grinding, trying to get it with this music?
Most definitely. First and foremost be you. Do you. Don’t let somebody that didn’t make it try to tell you not to do it. Also, know this sh*t is expensive. If you want to jump out there, have your game plan set. Be consistent. Be consistent. Be consistent. Invest in yourself and be the best you possible. A lot of people will tell you a million of ways to do your dream, but you know your dream best. Go for it. Don’t let nobody hold you back. Jump in head first. Ain’t no waiting. Ain’t none of that after this year… do that sh*t right then and there like a light switch.
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