INTERVIEW: Blac Youngsta chops it up about his newest mixtape, "Fuck Everybody 2," and tell us why Lil Pump is the only feature on the project.
Blac Youngsta is the type of artist that you can't help but like. His constant good energy is contagious, and the fact is, it makes everybody root for him. He connects with his audience on a human level -- he seems like a regular person accomplishing extraordinary things, and so fans can see his successes as their own.
Similar to a figure like Cardi B, Blac is someone who can put a smile on your face-- regardless if you're a fan of the music or not. It's like puppies on an Instagram feed. You're scrolling, innocently enough, you're not necessarily looking for puppies, but when you see them, how can you not smile, or be filled with a positive vibe. This is Blac Youngsta -- on the phone, in his music, in video interviews, in real life -- a very fun and energetic person, sentiments he echoes himself through out our interview.
Stream his new mixtape, Fuck Everybody 2, here, and scroll down to read our exclusive interview with Blac about the new tape, why Lil Pump is the only feature, and Blac's own desire to just have fun, fuck everybody.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
HNHH: How’re you man?
Blac Youngsta: How you doing bro?
I’m alright. Where you at?
I’m in Atlanta, I’m in a mansion right now.
So, you have a listening party tonight right?
Yeee I have a listening party tonight, in Atlanta.
I’m going to start off by saying, I’m a big fan of yours. You’re a great artist. I like your music. You’re a very fun person. I like seeing you in interviews. It’s more than just your music, right. This project [Fuck Everybody 2] is a little bit lighter than 223. 223 was a really strong project, I want to kind of go through some of those songs.
Yeah sure let’s go ahead bro I’m cool with it bro.
“Late” is a very strong intro song, but it’s not like a throw away song. You know how like “Dreams and Nightmares,” the intro song, it’s a song on its own but it also sets the tone for what’s coming up and I think “Late” was kind of like that. It sets it up, it was fun but also kind of serious and it leads into some other topics like “Old Friends.” I feel you on that old friends thing. Who are some of the old friends that you miss? Some of these old friends, who are they to you?
I mean, “Old Friends,” most of the time it’s like my cousins, my brother…and partners, people around [me] that died. I made the song because of my cousin, he locked up right now for a crime he didn’t commit, because he didn’t snitch or say anything he just kinda got caught up in a situation and, yeah, things like that is what made me do that song.
I like it. It’s weird, it’s a heavy song and it gets you in a kind of mood which is not typical for your songs. but I still want to play it in my car. There’s “Old Friends” and then there’s “Strength” which I very much appreciate. I recognize the power in that song, it’s necessary…
And what’s so crazy, when I recorded “Strength” I played it for my partner and I asked him, ‘I’m like, I want to put it [on] my album,’ I played “Strength” and he was like, ‘I don’t really like it.’ And I’m like, ‘well what don’t you like about it? I feel like you copping out. I feel like you catching feelings’ And I’m like, I don’t get it. It’s powerful. I gotta put this song on this album.
I appreciate it. I’m happy that you did that still because it’s authentic. It fits in the project, like I said, it made sense. I don’t skip it. It’s a good song. Thank you for putting it in those words.
I appreciate you for telling me that bro. It keeps me going. A lot of people don’t know, like, recording them songs, when it comes to young artists, I really want to hear something that keeps me motivated even if it’s just, “Keep going. I like what you’re doing.” Stuff like this brings a smile to my face.
It’s honest from my side. Before I get into the new project that you have, I don’t wanna skip over “Booty.” That was a hit! How does that feel to have a song go so viral? What has changed after the success of this song?
When I first came in the game, I didn’t know what was cool to do, what was not cool to do and it was also like, I was chilling with girls, I was doing shit that I didn’t know if it was cool to do or not, it was just my lifestyle. One thing I love about “Booty” is it took me to the next step. Even with “Hip Hopper,” I was like I can have fun, I can smile, I don’t have to be gangster all day. I was like I’m about to start doing stuff for the ladies and having more fun. I’m better with doing bright songs, like I can do dark songs like with “Old Friends.” With “Booty,” it was like the sun’s out, let’s have some fun.
You mentioned “Hip Hopper.” Yachty is very popular but at the same time he can sometimes get a lot of hate. A lot of new artists seem to be in that space…On your new project, the only rapper feature is Lil Pump right?
Yeah. The same way when I did with “Hip Hopper” -- I ain’t put on nobody but Yachty.
That’s cool. I like that. Anybody could want to jump on Youngsta’s project. But why do you just say, this time it’s just going to be Pump?
With me, more so, I look at it like anybody that’s having fun with it and that’s positive [I can collaborate with]. Yachty was one of those cats, he cool, and Pump is like me, so it was like I just wanted to show people, like you know where I come from and what I stand for, and you know where Pump come from and what he stand for. It was sort of like, it make people go, ‘damn he got Pump on the tape?’ They think he’s not a person that would be in my line of vision but I like what he do, I like how he have fun and we need to embrace fun shit. I don’t care about that who wanna be gangster, who wanna be hard, we have fun, we gonna be positive. We come on the track and say what we wanna say.
I saw a clip online, I think you were in LA, and you were driving in a lambo or something and TMZ hollers at you and asks a weird controversial question [about Pump] and you just kind of blew it off. You were like “Fuck the police” and drove off. I like that. Where people might find some weird way to say something crazy about someone else, and you’re like, ‘nah fuck that.’
It was more so, me, I didn’t even know the situation or what was really going on, so I’m like, was the police involved? Alright fuck the police.
Pump is the only rapper, but Tay Keith produced on Fuck Everybody 2, no?
Yeah Tay Keith on there. I got a new producer CMO. He’s hot. I got Yung Lan, he did “Booty.” I got Rasta Rebelz. I got a few people but I keep the same crew, I don’t switch up much.
Memphis is popping. Why do you think there is so much talent coming from Memphis right now?
I feel like it’s a different sound. Back then, it wasn’t easy to get on. Now, the internet, living in our world, it’s easy. Nowadays, you can go on the internet like okay this looks good, let me check it out. Memphis we got a different sound. Everybody sounds different. It’s like a mix of artists. Like Youngsta don’t sound like Moneybagg. If everybody comes on a track, you gonna know everybody apart from each other. We different from each other.
I 100% agree with you with that. Everybody sounds different. But I feel like the one thing about artists from Memphis, they’re very much connected to Memphis so as much as they’re different and everything, they love their town and it’s very much what made them. Do you agree with that. Do you think Memphis is apart of who you are?
Yeah. With me, I’m one of those artists like, let’s say you around me, and you ask me for something nine times out of ten, I’m like, ‘hell no.’ Memphis taught me how to say. It woke me up a lot. It showed me it don’t matter how much money you got, don’t give nobody no money, period, if they didn’t work for it. Everybody want to be ‘yes men.’ My brother from Memphis and he’ll tell you, this shit wack, or this shit bumping. We speak our opinion. We don’t lie. We keep it 100%.
Well yeah. Fuck Everybody 2 kind of reads like an album, everything falls into place. How do you put those songs together and then how do you choose the art after that?
The thing is, it’s more so, when I dropped 223, I was too serious and I didn’t give them straight Youngsta, so with Fuck Everybody 2, I wanted to get back into that mixtape feel like, fuck tryna make a single, let me just have fun in the studio. And what’s crazy is, every song on my project is like a club song. I only had one song, which is the last song, I was really really rapping. Everything else, I just kept it straight club in my fun mode. I was recording this project in the summertime. It was a summertime mood.
How does the cover art fit in with that?
I felt with the cover art, I wanted to have fun and I wanted this picture to be on there like, Fuck everybody, Fuck your aunt, Fuck this, put everything on that.
I can’t wait for everybody to hear it. Have a good day. God Bless you.