By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Moneybagg Yo is about to Reset as his first official debut album arrives on November 2nd.
Coming up out the mud in Memphis, the “Okay" rapper is a representation of the struggle, and the hope that comes with overcoming adversity.
Following the release of numerous successful mixtapes, including "Federal 3x" and "2 Heartless," Reset serves as a fresh start from the runaround with labels and industry bullsh##t.
Fans can look forward to guest features from J. Cole, Kodak Black, Jeremih, and more.
AllHipHop: Why are you so adamant in remaining independent?
Moneybagg Yo: I think it’s better like that. You can just control the situation. Controlling the situation is everything.
AllHipHop: What is your take on the music industry?
Moneybagg Yo: It’s fake. The industry fake. It is what it is. Just because you get with a label and sign with a label, that doesn’t mean stop. Don’t stop what you do. You still have to pump your campaign. Do what you do. Pump your all into what you do like you’ve been doing. That’s something I had to learn and that’s what Reset comes from. I’m just putting myself back where I was at.
AllHipHop: How long did Reset take you?
Moneybagg Yo: It took me like a month, just to put it together. But that’s good! That’s different for me because I usually drop stuff in like 2 weeks. Actually the "Heartless" that everybody love, that took off, I did that in 5 or 6 days. Not even a week. [laughs]
AllHipHop: What’s the best piece of advice Yo Gotti has given you?
Moneybagg Yo: Chase the dream not the money. The bag is going to come. Sometimes, the opportunity is bigger than the bag, so you just have to stay focused on what matters. Like me, I’ll take pay cuts just to pay for the radio, etc. It’s not all about the money to me. I understand the situation. I just put it back into my craft: money off shows, everything.
AllHipHop: Three things you need in the studio?
Moneybagg Yo: Drink (Codeine). Weed, of course. I need everybody out the studio. I need nobody in there with me. Because people be all in there and then when they hear you say certain stuff, they’ll be like, “Nah, I think you should say this.” Like I don’t need your opinion. That’s it really.
AllHipHop: With the recent deaths of Lil Peep and Mac Miller, are you worried at all about the drug culture that you’re promoting?
Moneybagg Yo: You can’t let the drug do you. Rest in peace to those guys, but you can’t let the drug take over you. I don’t abuse the drug. I do it before I go into the studio just to stimulate my mind, help my mind flow. I don’t do it before shows. I have a plan how I do my stuff, I’m not reckless with it.
AllHipHop: Someone was just telling me how they can’t record without Percs.
Moneybagg Yo: The world is on drugs, to be honest. That’s facts.
AllHipHop: What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Moneybagg Yo: Probably in the streets somewhere, I ain’t gon’ lie. Rap saved me, I’m glad.