By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
From whipping up some of the hardest beats for NBA Youngboy to now formulating his own bangers, PlayboyXO is here to return to his first love: rapping. The 20-year-old hails from the hood in Baton Rouge, detailing the reality of coming out the mud like some of his peers turned rap superstars
AllHipHop caught up with PlayboyXO ahead of his debut single release party for “Came Up” in Los Angeles, chatting about working relationship with Youngboy, the importance of a producer tag, and why he decided to rap.
AllHipHop: How did you end up linking with NBA Youngboy?
PlayboyXO: He’s from the hood. We not from the same hood, he’s from the city though. A lot of people in his entourage like OG Three3, I went to school with them. We grew up together. That’s how I ended up linking with him. And Chris James (Drumma Boy) used to record at this studio called Infinity Studios, I was staying with the owner.
AllHipHop: I know he doesn’t f##k with a lot of people, how does it feel being part of his circle?
PlayboyXO: I aint a part of his circle! He don’t f##k with me, he just calls for beats. I mean sometimes he acts like he does, sometimes he acts like he don’t. So I take it like he don’t.
AllHipHop: But you produced a whole album for NBA Youngboy right?
PlayboyXO: Damn near. I don’t really know how that happened.
AllHipHop: It wasn’t in the studio?
PlayboyXO: I just got in the studio with Youngboy for the first time 2 months ago. [shakes head] It was cool. It was aight. The second time was aight too, we were in Paramount Studios. He didn’t even record anything, we were just chilling and vibing. I got a lot of stuff coming out with him. I’ve been linking with him in the city, he just moved back to Baton Rouge. He not in LA anymore, I think he has something going on with his parole or probation.
AllHipHop: Do you still stay in Baton Rouge?
PlayboyXO: Yeah, I still stay in BR.
AllHipHop: You guys record out there?
PlayboyXO: He records out there. I don’t be with him like that, I just send the beats through email. Or I might send it to his phone.
“Playboy on this b##ch, but he ain’t playing.” How important is a producer tag?
Very important, that’s the stem. If anybody hears that tag, they know it’s a hit. That tag came from Khris James, that’s NBA Youngboy’s engineer. Any song you hear, Khris James recorded it He raps too, he’s an artist.
AllHipHop: When did you decide to transition from producer to artist?
PlayboyXO: I always wanted to be a rapper. I started making beats because I wanted to be a rapper, and I didn’t like the beats on YouTube. What really made me start taking it serious was when OBN Jay blew up. Because I was with OBN before all of that, me and him started together. When he really started taking it serious, it was me and him for a whole year. Once he got in his situation, everything went up.
AllHipHop: What’s your relationship with him?
PlayboyXO: That’s my cousin. I was in the studio with him 2 days ago, at Blue Room Studios in Los Angeles. He probably looking for me right now.
AllHipHop: You were with Roddy Ricch, Swae Lee, etc. in the studio in LA. How was that
PlayboyXO: I talked to Roddy, I think I’m about to get a feature with him. I hope he does. I have a meeting today to bring him some more beats. I’m supposed to meet up with Swae Lee too. Oh, I do got a lot of stuff going on. I got something going on with Polo G and Lil Tjay. It was me, OBN, Polo G, Lil Tjay, Young Bleu out here. They had this Columbia Records Draft Day I went to, I met Juicy J too. Ever since I went there, s##t’s been moving. s##t been poppin’.
AllHipHop: I was at the Colombia event!
PlayboyXO: It was at Youtube headquarters, it was a nice little event they had. I went there with OBN Jay. That was a good day because I met like 20 rappers. I went to the studio with Youngboy, I met Future, PnB Rock, Sheck Wes, etc.
AllHipHop: What can we expect from you music-wise?
PlayboyXO: Hits. You just have to wait and see. [laughs]