By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Blake Yung is here to prove he has the talent to thrive in this rap game. While he started out playing guitar in a metal band, the rockstar turn rapper quickly found his footing by writing and toplining for some well-known artists in the industry. As he awaits his first placement (slated for this year), he discovered his own voice and ability to have full creative control over his music.
Recently unleashing his single “Low Key,”the artist formerly known as Capo Cheeze is excited as hell to be working with Supah Mario and Mark Batson on his forthcoming debut project.
AllHipHop caught up with the South Carolina native to chat about his friendship Speaker Knockerz and the late rapper’s influence on the rap game, opening for Young Dro, and a normal day in his life.
AllHipHop: Talk about working with the Speaker Knockerz.
Blake Yung: That was my homie, me and him grew up in South Carolina together. I’ve known him since 2012. We did our first record together in 2013 in Atlanta. First song we did was on his mixtape Finesse Father, which is downloaded over a million times. The song itself is called “Boring,” it has almost half a million streams on Youtube, Spotify, all that stuff. He’s one of my good friends. Unfortunately, he passed away. We actually worked together on a good 2 or 3 other songs before he passed away.
AllHipHop: He was young too.
Blake Yung: He was 19 at the time. It was crazy. His parents haven’t talked about it too much, they haven’t really let the story out. I just know it was some heart complications.
AllHipHop: How did that affect you personally?
Blake Yung: It was really rough man, because I knew him really well. I had just seen him a week before. Talked to him a couple days before. It’s sad but it’s really cool to have seen someone like that start a trend so young and so early. People today are still taking from that years later. He was definitely a pioneer of our new sound.
AllHipHop: What is the trend/new sound?
Blake Yung: I think it’s safe to say that he started the whole “Flexin & Finessin” “jugg” rap wave. I guess some people would call it “mumble rap,” but how he rapped over melodic beats with trap drums — with HEAVY auto tune with catchy ad libs, he brought that youthful competitor energy we see so much of right now. Even people like Lil Uzi and Nav have adopted the style and shouted him out in freestyles.
AllHipHop: Who’s in your Top 5?
Blake Yung: Definitely Speaker Knockerz, definitely. Post Malone. Listening to a lot of Tame Impala recently. I really like Nav. I was a big fan of the old Nav before he blew up. Belly, all those Toronto rappers are really dope. Definitely The Weekend is one of my top favorite artists. And Yung Pinch.
AllHipHop: Talk about opening for Migos & Young Dro.
Blake Yung: Young Dro was at a Fourth of July event we did back home in South Carolina. It actually rained that day, but there was still a good amount of people who came out. [chuckles] I was really young when I did that. I was 21. It was really fun. That was something DJ B-Lord, a big DJ back home, set up. That’s probably the first big opening show I did. The Migos show was at Soundstage, which was a big venue that's not there anymore. That was a super fun show. It was like 5,000 people, super turnt up. We performed 2 or 3 things just me and my friend. It was fun.
AllHipHop: What is your take on the music industry?
Blake Yung: It's a shady industry for sure. But like anything else, it has its good sides and bad sides. You can't have the good without the bad. It's definitely a tough business. I’ve learned a lot since I've been involved.
AllHipHop: What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Blake Yung: I wake up, smoke a Backwood or two, hit a couple fat dabs, figure out what I'm finna grub on. Drink lots of water, you gotta have your water as soon as you get up. I’m hopping on my email to see what the business is for the day, usually it’s a studio session, photoshoot or meeting with my manager, etc. I just play it by ear. I don't like to plan anything out too much, s##t changes last minute.
AllHipHop: Dream collab?
Blake Yung: The Weekend.