You’ll be surprised not to see this guy on all your favorite music blogs, his face pops up so much i don’t know if he’s running a #FreeMusic campaign or for president. I’m referring too Twenty-Three year old emcee Yung Nate. His grind and consistent release of quality music is rare, making him standout like a giant in a room full of midgets. With a free album out entitled Meant To Be Broken, and music flooding the web it was a no brainier to reach out too the Atkboyent artist. We discuss the album, The FreeMusic campaign, his producer Woody, and much much more. You can enjoy the interview after the jump and be sure to check out Meant To Be Broken.
Yoh: First off I want to wish you a happy 23rd Birthday. Compared to last year when you turned 22, how has things changed for Yung Nate?
Yung Nate: Thank you, it has been a long journey. Last year I was gearing up and getting ready to start the #FreeMusic campaign and I had an idea of where I wanted to be but, I didn’t know how people would receive me. Now at 23 I’m 2 albums in, and I’m not sure how many song releases and videos but, I’m happy with the response and love I’ve received from everyone.
Yoh: How would you describe Yung Nate as an artist?
Yung Nate: I’m spontaneous. I make the music that reflects my life at that particular moment, when I’m writing that song. I like to constantly push the boundaries of what people perceive as hip hop.
Yoh: Before we get into your recently released “Meant To Be Broken” album you flooded the net with the #FreeMusic campaign. What inspired the series, and did you ever think you were letting go too many album worthy records?
Yung Nate: First of all I’d like to start by saying that I believe in my craft. I know that I’m a great artist and I grow from record to record, and I love to showcase that every chance I get. With that being said, #FreeMusic has many meanings. The 1st being the obvious, music that I’m giving away for free.While the 2nd definition being, my music that was created with Free expression. All of the music I create is made with the #FreeMusic motto in mind. And every song I will ever put out will be album worthy. Its just some songs may not fit with the general theme of an album, but I still put them out. I was told to always put my best foot forward and that exactly what we do over here at AtkboyEnt.
Yoh: One of the earlier #FreeMusic releases was a video of you and Gunner(Dubstep/electronic DJ) @ the Wet Electric Tour. Was it as crazy as the video perceived?
Yung Nate: Yea those shows were crazy shouts to the homie Gunner. I actually performed with Gunner at the 2 last shows on the Wet Electric Tour. One in Fresno, CA where the footage was from, and the 2nd was in Irvine, CA., it was insane. Much respect to the electro/dubstep/techno crowd. They always show love.
Yoh: What was the creative process like for “Meant To Be Broken”, and how different is it from your previously released projects like Deal with No deal & I Heart YN?
Yung Nate: Meant To Be Broken differs because I honestly put myself out there more, and found myself as an artist over the process of making this album. With I Heart YN and Deal With No Deal I feel as if I had a chip on my shoulder and something to prove that’s why a lot of my songs and lyrics point to my situations with Demevolist and Charles. While on Meant To Be Broken I felt as if it was time to left the world into my life. I felt as if it was time to give you a chance to see exactly who Yung Nate is.
Yoh: Any particular record off Meant To Be Broken you would consider a favorite? If so why?
Yung Nate: he entire project is one big song and story to me. So I cant pin point one record because the story of the record wouldn’t be complete.
Yoh: Correct me if i’m wrong but you’re from Harlem, New York and moved to Los Angeles,California a few years ago. Instead of asking the cliche how did that affect your music… Which has the sexier women?
Yung Nate: Lol, good one. It depends on what you’re looking for. All women are beautiful to me, but its what they value and expect from their lives that change from state to state. In which case I cant really settle down yet because I haven’t met the right woman.
Yoh: You and Woody have amazing chemistry. What about his style and sound do you find appealing?
Yung Nate: Woody and I don’t really speak while we’re in the studio because we’ve worked with each other so much that we already know what the other person is thinking. I don’t have to ask him to add an extra kick drum on a beat or to change a scale leading into the hook, because he already knows what I’m going to say and vice versa. On the flip side he helps me be the best Yung Nate that I can possibly be. Be it through coaching me on how to layer a hook so that my harmonies don’t sound crazy, or by giving me that constructive criticism when I need it. He also has a West Coast East Coast Down South Midwest sound that I sorta kinda fuck with.
Yoh: How did Yung Nate and Atkboyent end up coming together?
Yung Nate: Smarty who runs AtkboyEnt also manages Woody. While Woody and I were in Demevolist we made an album together called “Change” that I never officially release. But it was through that album that Smarty, and a few others, got to hear what I could do and also the chemistry what Wood and I have. The rest is history. I must say, Smart went through some shit to fully get me to believe in him though. lmao.
Yoh: What’s Yung Nate definition of Success?
Yung Nate: Success is in happiness. I want to be happy. I want my family and friends to be happy. I want the world to be happy.
Yoh: I wanna thank Yung Nate for taking the time too do the interview. Be sure to check out his album, hit him up on twitter, and support artist that are making incredible music.