Casey Veggies speaks on his unconventional connection to Jay Z, and his latest mixtape, "Life Changes".
Casey Veggies has been gradually making a name for himself without a co-sign. Turns out the young rapper does has some pretty big connections in the industry however, albeit unconventional ones. Casey recently spoke to The Hundreds about his father's work as Jay Z's security guard, Kanye's influence, and his latest project, Life Changes.
"It was something that he didn’t really tell me ’til later on down the line," Veggies said of his dad's work with Hov. "I didn’t really know it ’til maybe around the same time he realized I was trying to get into it, when I was about 12. He began to tell me stories and what he was into when I was about 7 or 8, and when I was 7 this was what he was doing. And I wasn’t even aware of what was going on. And I wasn’t even aware of Jay Z and stuff like that. But he showed me the 'Girls, Girls, Girls' video and he was in the back. When Jay Z walked off in like the director’s cut, he was in the back on the set. My dad was one of the guys walking behind him, one of the security guards that followed him out."
Casey explained that despite his connection, he took more influence from the next generation, than from Hov himself. "It definitely didn’t play that big of a part" he said. "Because I kind of got inspired more by Kanye [West] and the new generation, and my life was just inspiring me to get into it. I’m just a creative person who wanted to get his thoughts out, and I just use it as a steam. And yeah, my dad was a bodyguard for Jay Z, but he wasn’t the one who got me super into music like that."
Veggies' then shared some word on his Life Changes mixtape.
"I think it was just more of me as an artist I just had to put that out," he explained. "I felt like that’s what I was experiencing at the time. I was 19 going on 20, your eyes start to open up a little bit, things start to change, and you just start to look at stuff with a new perspective. So I felt like Life Changes was the best thing for me to say to another kid my age, that’s going through that same thing. Or another girl who’s going through a change...I just felt like it was something people could relate to. And also mainly it was how I was really feeling at that time, like a lot of stuff was changing and I was just watching the changes that came from all the work that I put in in the last couple of years. And I took it in stride, and I feel like that was the story that I should tell at the time."
Listen to Casey's latest project below.