ABM: What is your Rap name? Tell us the story behind your hip-hop name?
Young Yeama: Young Yeama. A rapper named “Yang Gang Shootie” from either Richmond or Oakland came to my studio in Vallejo back in the late 2000’s. This nigga got on the track and was like, “Yeama!!! Yea Imma Bitch! Nigga, Yang Gang Shootie Nigga!” We fell in love with that shit. “Yeama!” I think Yang Gang Shootie was calling himself a bitch before Based god. And then “Yeama” (pronounced ‘yeah-ma’) evolved. Yeama is now a statement that we say which can be greetings or farewells, could be “yeahs” or “hell yeahs!” This the Bay, we creators. I was saying Yeama everyday to the bros so I simply adopted it into my name. And we young forever so hence Young Yeama. My grandma look like my sister. Black don’t crack! Yeama!
ABM: Has anything happened in your life that led to the decision of becoming a musician?
Young Yeama: Every since I heard that Aaliyah and Timberland joint “Are You That Somebody” with the baby winning along with the beat. Fire! That beat was hot and our Princess Aaliyah and Tim at his prime, couldn’t get a whole lot better. When I heard that I said to myself, “I wanna do that!” Inspiration at its finest because before hearing that, I was more into Band class but not really a listener of music; loving the instruments so much that I’d steal em and play ruckus in the garage for hours. Basquiat-type ruckus. Always getting in trouble but musically inclined mastering the clarinet, oboe, trumpet and the piccolo. I wasn’t introduced to hip-hop from locals or Nas or Jay-Z so my sound is different. Same nigga, just a different ear and a different way of telling you how I do me.
ABM: How did you get your start in the hip hop scene?
Young Yeama: Hip-hop is a culture. I was born into street entrepreneurship, street fashion and street knowledge. Hip-hop is deep as fuck, some people don’t even know and I wish not to delve into that because I could give you pages! I got my start in hip-hop when I was born Black in America! Not to throw race in it because hip-hop is universal but since we don’t get acknowledged for inventing shit like Whiskey and soy products, Hip-hop would inevitably be our creation. Then for one to just engulf themselves in their surroundings and in themselves is experiencing Hip-hop in its essence. For example: America is racist. You can’t get a job cause you black so you can’t pay for school to become that awesome drawer you are. Scholarships were out because shit happens. So you turn to graffiti, an element of hip-hop. You become so engulfed in your art, your brand, you began hitting buildings everywhere! People take notice of your image and now your creation is the next Obey, or SAMO. This is Hip-hop. If you lost, research your hip-hop.
ABM: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
Young Yeama: I was born in Oakland, California at the naval hospital they torn down some years back. Mama took me to Alvingroom projects across the street from Castlemont High when I was born. My father was in the Navy and when they shipped him out to sea, we moved to Richmond, Virgina. Spent a couple years there and then moved to Kansas City where my father’s family had moved after Felix died. I don’t know shit else about the latter, don’t ask me shit. Then I moved back to Oakland when I was in the 8th grade and been in the Bay every since. So from the mid west to the east coast to the west coast, I’ve learned to adapt to certain environments, communicate with all kinds of niggas from the most intellect to the most ignorant and we still all brothas.
ABM: What do you typically rap about?
Young Yeama: Pussy, weed, God, Black shit, more pussy somehow, my life from my ex breaking my heart to selling Molly to hitting licks. I caught a felony young so my options were that slimmer. Niggas get tired of being broke and seeing the next nigga get all the hoes, drive the Beamer and smoke the top shelf. Only way I knew how to get it was to take it. Many ups and many more downs. Benzes, Audi, 50’s, bad bitches with chlamydia and building a tolerance for top shelf gets old, fast! But it’s still fun and it’s all a journey. From the people we meet in jail, to near death experiences, laughs and cries; I’ve been honored to live such a perplexed life and I’ll illustrate most in my music.
ABM: What are your last full length releases people can go check out right now?
Young Yeama: Shit, “East Oakland,” “West Oakland,” and the newest “North Oakland,” albums are available on all music outlets. Slaps for days! Two new videos out on YouTube entitled “Lupe Yeama” and “Ridin’ Round” to be released with a new album entitled “Tretorns Album EP” to be released whenever Mon De Green Records quit playing. I do most of everything when it comes to my music and I’m learning to let others use their strengths to help further everyone involved. But even J. Prince tells us in his new book, “The Art and Science of Respect,” that in this world there are, “Leaders, followers and loners.” Imma loner.
ABM: What are you currently working on?
Young Yeama: “Tretorns Album EP!” I can’t tell y’all too much but instead of being ratchet and out of pocket like I was on all the Oakland albums, Tretorns will bring a refreshing lyrical almost conscience type of rap music. Perfect examples are my newest YouTube music videos “Lupe Yeama” and “Ridin’ Round.”
ABM: Whats your last visual release people can check out, tell us about it.
Young Yeama: I got a bunch of music videos on YouTube. Search my name. But they’re all a Lil rough. IDK. I love em. That’s what it’s all about. People say, “work on this, get better video quality, your creative but you just need to let more money into your craft,” and yeah maybe they’re right, but they can still go eat a dick. I put out what I want and I love it. If I don’t “blow up” then oh the fuck well. Imma still rap but also take care of myself. I’ll never stop rapping, my ancestors gifted me this, but if I’m not making paper from it, my time will be predominantly spent on getting to the money. Yeah, I got a couple thousand for a music video but I rather use the next niggas money for it so until then. Lol.
ABM: What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
Young Yeama: My music career? I need a Grammy. A couple Grammy’s. Knock out some awards and be on top my game for a good three years then we to acting then teaching after everything. But then again, I don’t really like to plan or think ‘what if.’ I just go with the flow. I hear a beat, I gas it. The end. Underground vs mainstream or gangsta vs conscience, blah blah. I’m very eclectic, diverse and abstract so goals are damn near the last thing on my mind.
ABM: How can people reach you?
Young Yeama: Leave a comment on my YouTube. I respond, even if it takes a couple days. I’m on da Gram: @_youngyeama and just support the kid of you digging my art. Much appreciated. Yeama! Solomob! Lurk Gang!