We were fortunate enough to interview the breakthrough rapper Y-Kay and discuss his new single Repo, as well as his new LP Album. The album is a step forth and revolutionizes in a innovative and unique fashion not only Y-Kay's past discography, but the Hip Hop industry as a whole.
Y-Kay Website - Yungbasquiat.com
(Links to music on Y-Kay's Website)
When did you realize that you had a passion for music?
I started writing music since I was about 13, I remember "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" came out, and it caught all the hype, I started studying Hip Hop, going back in time, to Pac, Biggie, and then to Eminem and Dre, and as the music on the scene evolved, I started diversifying what I listen to, and get exposed to, but I had to be more picky in order for my personal music to evolve as well, inspired by Kanye's RnB samples, to Jay-Z's art references, and Drake's reggae lingo that he made his own, sound clash culture, from Europe, to North America, and I grew up and I was raised in the Middle East, even though I look to the West as my home far away from home, I wanted to create something personal to the area, and be the pioneer of that. So everything I do, has to never be heard before, or contain no similarities, but familiar enough to grab your attention, to balance that with perfection is the hardest part, not that you asked.
Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
Me mostly, but then again, I see myself in a lot of art that's produced by other artists, from Leonardo Da Vinci, to Kendrick Lamar, and I am not sure if Jesus was an artist, but he made an appearance in the last supper, and in Kendrick's Humble video. So I do see myself like Leonardo with a mix of Kendrick, or Rembrandt with a mix of Drake, Picasso with a hint of Kanye. But I just get called Yung Basqy, because I do feel like me and basquiat walked similar paths, even if he didn't have his shoes on.
What would you like to achieve as an artist?
What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
I think the best thing about being an artist, is that every moment of creation, is a memorable moment
What is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
I don't think I worked with anyone bigger than myself.
Tell us a little more about your next project?
My next project is my debut LP, after 3 mixtapes, and multiple other short projects that were shelved because I am never satisfied with my music, and any other engineers who can’t see my vision. I set up my own studio, I became my own recording engineer, and I just worked on this album for a year now, and I’ll keep working on it for maybe 6 more moths I think, so I can make it just the way it should be made. I’m titling it “High Renaissance” It was the outcome of many great things that inspired me, it’s the album I’ve been waiting 11 years to make.
What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
The album of course, and the visuals that will accompany it, I have 3 video projects on my list, music videos, to short film/music video. As a hip hop artist and filmmaker, I think in order for me to feel satisfied about my work, I need to visualize the words, and the concept of the album, into motion picture as well, because without it. It’s just music, and I don’t look at it like music, I paint with words, and I speak with film. I think that’s why I’m also having the album cover being painted, and not getting it designed by a software.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
The old music is okay, but the new album, is incredible. I think the maturity of the work will only be apparent after the release. But I hope you enjoy the new track that’s out “Repo” and “MPM” from the next LP, which is going to be 17 tracks, that’s the equivalent of the lengths of most Christopher Nolan films.