(AllHipHop Features) Ye Ali says he never imagined he would be a professional music artist. It was his involvement in recording demos for other rappers and singers that eventually led the Hammond, Indiana native to transfer from songwriter/producer to solo performer.
Since that turn to making his own music, Ali released the Private Suite and Traphouse Jodeci projects. The latter effort featured several beats from Bizness Boi (PartyNextDoor, 6LACK), the production wiz Ye met back in 2014.
Ali actually lived with Bizness Boi for a period. That friendship eventually led to Ye working with R&B singer Eric Bellinger for the single “Loyalty” as well as another upcoming record made in conjunction with a tech company.
“I connected with Eric via Biz, because they worked together previously,” states Ali. “But, also I met Eric my senior year in college because I was working in LA during a summer as a photographer’s assistant on set. I worked on some skits for his mixtape promo for IG. We laughed about it during the session for ‘Loyalty’ because he told me I looked familiar.”
Ali’s collegiate years also featured him joining the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. According to Ye, his probate for the frat was actually the first time he performed in public. The business and sports marketing major wrote six songs for the neophyte presentation which included him revamping popular records in order to celebrate Greek life and diss other fraternities.
KAΨ infused Ali with a new level of confidence. The fraternal experience also helped the budding entertainer sharpen his social skills and hone his artistic voice – two talents that are vital for success in showbiz.
Now with both feet squarely in the music industry, Ali is continuing to spread his “Traphouse Jodeci” sound to new listeners across the globe. Even Los Angeles Lakers player Nick Young has been seen playing “Loyalty” in an Instagram clip.
Be on the lookout for THJ2 from Ye Ali. In the meantime, get more familiar with the Rhythm & Blues/Hip Hop blender in the latest edition of AllHipHop.com’s “Three Questions” interview series.
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If you had to pick one emoji that represents your sound, which one would you choose?
The red phone emoji, because I want to make music that makes you want to tell your friends about it.
Rank the following Jodeci classics: “Forever My Lady,” “Come and Talk to Me,” “Feenin’,” and “Love U 4 Life.”
“Love U 4 Life,” “Forever My Lady,” “Feenin’,” then the best is “Come and Talk to Me.” “Come and Talk to Me” is how I kept getting my girlfriend back when we broke up. I put it on a purple MP3 mix CD for her. It got me out of so many tough situations. [laughs] Shoutout to Jodeci for knowing just what to say.
When there’s a conflict, what’s more important, being loyal to the woman you’re dating or being loyal to your day-one friends?
First and foremost, be loyal to yourself. My friends wouldn’t put me in conflicting and weird situations, so I would be loyal to whoever is being logical and considerate. It’s subjective.
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Stream TrapHouse Jodeci below.