Published: Wednesday – July 28, 2010
We spent some time chatting with Yung Meeze of Sherman, Texas recently. In ’99, he formed the group Pirate Boys, which led to his solo debut album under Dangerous Chances Records, Thrill 1. Prior to incarceration, Meeze signed with independent label, Dirty Dallas Entertainment. He is out of prison after three years and eagerly searching for a record deal. We caught him on his way to spend time with his daughter.
GW: What are you doing today?
Yung Meeze: On weekends, it’s babysittin’. I have one daughter. We’ll probably go to the park or somethin’.
GW: How old is your little girl?
Yung Meeze: Four now.
GW: How young/old are you?
Yung Meeze: I’m 25. Sometimes I feel like I’m gettin’ old, like I’ve seen too much. I overcome that by thinkin’ about the future, what I want to see.
GW: What was life like as a kid in Sherman, Texas?
Yung Meeze: My life was crazy like everybody else in the ‘hood growin’ up. It ain’t the same. It’s tryin’ to make it. I went through a lot of stuff but it came out good. I been doin’ music 10 or 11 years. Every year it’s gettin’ better.
GW: Do you keep yourself secluded from fans or do you put yourself out there and welcome the love?
Yung Meeze: I be on Facebook all the time, I have a direct name on there. I still be around the ‘hood, talkin’ to them. I’m still the same. I’ll get on Facebook, MySpace. I’ll holla back. I do features. Send me a song.
GW: I heard you had the chance to work with reclusive genius Jon Luvelli?
Yung Meeze: I like the dude. I been knowin’ him for a minute now, 5, 6 years. He did my first Thrill album. I really enjoy workin’ with him, he’s pretty cool. Hopefully in the future I can do more.
GW: We’ve talked before about Jay-Z and Drake inspiring your music. Are there any other artists who’ve done so?
Yung Meeze: I like 2Pac a lot. I like Eminem.
GW: How long have you been in the game?
Yung Meeze: I got a couple albums out from way back ’99. My main album promoted right was The Thrill 1. I been in prison. When I came back from prison, I started workin’ on Thrill 2.
GW: Thrill 2 is set to drop August 27. Where can we look for that?
Yung Meeze: I’m tryin’ to get a distribution deal right now. I’m tryin’ to go farther than Texas. With the help of Luvelli, I’ma try to take it all the way to New York, man.
GW: You have a song on Thrill 2 called “Swag on Fire.” Describe your swag and what’s so fire about it.
Yung Meeze: My swag is hot. I walk around with aqua, crazy colors on, joggin’ pants, a different color suit, all that. I can take it to another level.
GW: Is it solely the clothes?
Yung Meeze: It’s way more than clothes. It’s like your presence, how you carry yourself; your walk, your talk.
GW: You have some Soundclick beats on your album. Do you get the majority of your beats off of that site?
Yung Meeze: I usually get a couple tracks and if I like ‘em, I go buy ‘em.
GW: Your “I Don’t Want Her” song, it seems like you’re looking for a female to be a version of yourself and if she’s not, you “don’t want her.” Is this true?
Yung Meeze: When I look at a female, I want for her to be somethin’ like me. The second verse on that, that’s my baby mama, my wife, Keyeo, who I’m with now. She talkin’ ‘bout how I like ‘em.
GW: On your, “I’d Rather Get,” you say you’d rather get head over some booty. How does Keyeo feel about you talking about other females?
Yung Meeze: I’m not really speaking directly to a woman. I’m just sayin’, I’d rather get money than sweat a female. I really ain’t got time for it, is really what I’m tryin’ to say.
GW: Since we’re on the subject of getting head, do you give head back?
Yung Meeze: [LAUGHING] I might do it sometimes, just depends. I ain’t got a problem with it.
GW: On a couple of your tracks, you sound like Weezy. Has anybody ever told you that?
Yung Meeze: Man, I ain’t gon lie to you. When I was locked up I didn’t really listen to music. I never heard Weezy. When I came home, everybody was like, “You sound like him.” I try not to. If I listen to his stuff, I might. I try to switch it up a bit, try to do more hard rappin’, stuff like that. But I heard that before. I’m not really a fan on tryin’ to sound like somebody else. I’d rather just get my own style, have somebody soundin’ like me.
GW: You mentioned being locked up. Would you give some details on that?
Yung Meeze: I was locked up on drug charges for three years. I had seven years, I’m still on parole.
GW: What drugs?
Yung Meeze: Marijuana.
GW: Were you guilty or did you take some sort of deal?
Yung Meeze: I plead guilty for it ‘cause I was guilty. On the other hand, they gave me good behavior, I was stayin’ to myself.
GW: Did you write a lot in prison?
Yung Meeze: I did but I didn’t. My mind wasn’t really clear. If I were to write, I’d be writing ‘bout what was goin’ on in prison. I wasn’t with that.
GW: What do you do outside of music?
Yung Meeze: I work in a studio. I record in it sometimes, but I have my own engineer so I really don’t do it a lot.
GW: So you must be exposed to some other talent. Are there any upcoming artists we should know about?
Yung Meeze: I look at a couple of ‘em. I don’t get to meet ‘em like that. I just see ‘em, they come in, do they thing. I don’t try to be that type. I never asked to work with none of ‘em, nothin’ like that.
GW: You had a show at the Days Inn in May. What was that like?
Yung Meeze: They sponsored it. A couple of people wanted me to do it. It came out nice though, they promoted it right. It was a big ball room; a lot of people came out. It was my first show bein’ home.
GW: Do you have any other shows planned?
Yung Meeze: I’m really waitin’ now just to see how I turn out. My manager and promoter tryin’ to come up with somethin’.
GW: What’s it like getting ready for a show?
Yung Meeze: It’s an energetic feel. I need to be in my own zone ‘cause I like to come out and give the show my best. I like to be well rested for that day. I get all my clothes picked out. I get custom made clothes. It’s an underground company, Jiggs. It’s pretty hot. They make all my clothes for performances.
GW: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Yung Meeze: I’d probably go to Africa. I just wanna see another scene, somethin’ crazy, like giraffes and monkeys.
GW: If you had one million dollars, what would you do with it?
Yung Meeze: I’d probably buy a house, buy a couple cars, and put it up. I’m really big on savin’. I get nervous when my money get low.
GW: After you drop your album, what’s the next step?
Yung Meeze: I’m tryin’ to do some more videos, do a little directin’ too. Have some more kids someday.
GW: Shout outs?
Yung Meeze: Keyeo, Greg Jones, the whole Pirate Boys clique, Fly Muzik clique, Sherman, Texas period. I think I’m probably the only artist that’s been in a magazine.
Check the full interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/guttaworld/2010/07/10/yappin-with-yung-meezey