His recent feature on DJ Love Dinero’s “Washingtonz” featuring HNY and Yadi has been in constant rotation on major NYC radio stations, particularly Power 105.1 by non other than DJ Self. Read more below on how Yung Joey began his rap career and how he is currently working on new and exciting projects below.
HHW: I noticed that in almost everything you do, you put “F1” with it. What does F1 stand for and what does it mean to you? Where did it come from?
Yung Joey: That’s really something that I put together over the years. It’s something me and my family really took pride of. My cousin got a tattoo and then I got it. Then all the other men in my family got it. It’s just something we held onto. I’m real big on family, and I always put my family first. I think that my family comes before anything, before money, fame and before any of that type of stuff. It’s even so deep that Waka is even incorporating that in his next album title I think.
HHW: You were recently on the, "Anything Possible Tour," alongside Fred the Godson, Rich Nitty and Jaquae. How did you get involved in this tour and what were you trying to achieve with this tour?
Yung Joey: The tour was a collective effort from my management as well as a few of the artists. Me and Fred have a long running relationship because we’ve done a lot of records in the past, that’s my guy. The tour started in the tri-state area and work its way to the west and down south a little bit. We started in New York at Santos and then we started doing states around New York. It was a fun experience and it was named after my single “Anything Possible” featuring Dej Loaf. I really wanted to touch the fans, and push my single.
HHW: The anything possible song has a great message behind it. Explain to me the message behind your single “Anything Possible”.
Yung Joey: Well anything possible is just letting people know they could do anything they want to do. It’s something I came up with that I think is positive.
HHW: You were around the music industry since you were young. Talk to me about some of your first experiences with music and those first musical influences in your life.
Yung Joey: I was exposed to the music industry coming up ever since I could remember. I would say it started when my dad actually had a night club. I used to go in there an rap and I would be the only kid in there. I would be on the mile rapping and maybe I was about seven. After that, my uncle Bimy who was an A&R rep. at Def Jam Records linked up with Russell Simmons. It was my uncle, Irv Gotti, and I think one other person in that same position. They all ended up getting label deals eventually. Irv launched “Murder Inc”, and my uncle launched “Three to Life Entertainment” under Def Jam. I remember being around all of that and watching the artists come up under these labels. They were the Jay Z’s to me, I always thought they would be the biggest things in the world.
HHW: So how did you eventually get into music being around all of this?
Yung Joey: I was around 14 or 15 and I linked up with a producer named Jimi Kendrix. I went to the studio and started rapping for him and he was just blown away. At the time he just did a record for Jay Z and was working with Ja Rule. So it was big that he was blown away. He actually tried to get me to stay in NY and not move to Atlanta. But I ended up moving and going to school down there. After that my aunt and Gucci Man launched So Icy entertainment and since then I’ve been heavily involved in music. I started doing records and touring with Gucci Man, touring with Nicki, touring with OJ the Juiceman whether I was the hype man or opening up.
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HHW: What is the biggest thing people misunderstand about you and what you tried to show people about your brand?
DJ Self: Most people tend to focus on me being labeled a creep, and the mistakes I’ve made on TV with my girlfriend at the time. I think a lot of people focus more on my personal relationship, rather than what I was really trying to do on TV. I wanted to highlight unknown people from New York City on television. Gwinin Fest was a large part of the Show, but people always get side tracked.
HHW: Describe the meaning of your brand.
DJ Self: Gwinin is a word that me and my childhood friends used all the time. It really has no meaning, but If I had to put a meaning to it I would say it means positive. Anything we say that has to do with Gwinin means positive.
HHW: In regards to your Gwinin Fest, how do you go about picking the talent?
DJ Self: I didn’t pick the talent because I am on the road a lot for because of TV. The Gwinin team picked most of the artists. I only picked one artist. It was an artist’s that Bianca said was a good artist. The Gwinin team helps me balance things since I’m so occupied with a lot. Our team is the best.
HHW: Since one of your goals is to help upcoming artists, have you ever considered having a label?
DJ Self: I tried the label thing, but I think it would be unfair to have artists signed to me because I’m an artist also. Naturally, my priority would be me, and I wouldn’t be able to help other artists fully because I would be focusing on myself. I want to be able to focus on my career, but still help other artists. That’s why what I’ve chosen to show artists to other CEOs, or whoever could help them.
HHW: Other than the show, Love and Hip-Hop, and your attempts to help new artists, is there any other projects you are working on?
DJ Self: One thing I want people to know, is that I have an app called “DJ Self.” The DJ Self app showcases music, unsigned talents, and exclusive behind the scenes footage from the show. My goal is to reach 1 million on the app and right now I am at 600,000. I would like to see the app grow. I also have my clothing line which can be found on www.mygwinin.com. So far, the clothing is moving very well, and I’m happy about that.
HHW: You seem to wear a number of hats. Why do you extend yourself and branch out in so many ways?
DJ Self: I’m Nigerian, and I was raised to have a lot of hustles. If you just have one hustle, and it falls, then you’re scrambling to look around for ways to make it. I have an entrepreneurial mindset, so I do clothing, radio, television, and telephone applications.
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HHW: Can you tell me what DYFL stands for?
King DYFL: My name was future back before future was poppin’. I was working with the producers Cool and Dre at one point and my managers said I couldn’t use that name anymore so they changed it to Demetrius Young Future Lumpkin, DYFL.
HHW: How old are you and how did you start rapping?
King DYFL: I’m 23. My birthday actually passed not too long ago.
HHW: Talk to me about what it was like for you growing up and when you started to get into music.
King DYFL: Well I grew up in one of the roughest parts of Miami, it’s called Over Town. You probably heard it on first 48. I basically went to school there my whole life and I was raised over there. I started writing music when I was 8 years old, I was in the second grade. One of my teachers had us do a journal about what we did over the summer and it had to rhyme. After that every journal I wrote everyday rhymed, I started writing poetry and then it turned into me writing music. So I was writing raps at like 9 years old.
HHW: What about your childhood?
King DYFL: Well I’ve been really self motivated. I didn’t have a father figure but I was very close to my mom. She had to work two jobs when I was growing up.
HHW: So how did you get into the music industry?
King DYFL: Well I was playing football and I met one of my managers through one of my football coaches. He introduced me to a super producer Cool and Dre and I was like 14 at the time.
HHW: When was your first time performing?
King DYFL: It was last year. My first big show was opening up for Dipset. It was their Dipset Reunion tour and they wanted
me to open up for them and that was a blessing.
HHW: Are you affiliated with any labels right now?
King DYFL: No, I’m not signed to any labels right now, but I actually just did a compilation mix-tape with Jim Jones called “Miami Vampin.” The project has me, Zoey Dollas, Torey Lanez, Diddy, Ball Greasy, and a bunch of other artists from Miami, and some more already established artists in the industry.
King DYFL: Yeah, most definitely. And I’m doing it my own way. I’m doing it how I want to do it, I’m not trying to follow what everybody else is doing or talk about what everyone else is talking about. I’m being myself and I feel like that’s the most important thing about being an artist.
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HHW: Your first project was called concrete rose and your upcoming project is called “Soul of A Rose.”A lot of your projects have the flower in it? Is there any particular meaning or symbolism in that?
Manolo: Yes, Well when you think about a rose and just the duality of it. This is something you give on valentine’s day to a loved one, and it’s also the same thing you give to someone when their dead. So it’s just to play on both aspects of life. And like my music, it’s geared to both aspects of life. It’s all about the why answer, for example I don’t condone drug selling but I don’t condone starving either.
HHW: How long have you been rapping for?
Manolo: Um, not that long. This is really my second full year.
HHW: So it’s fair to say that your very new to this?
Manolo: Don’t get me wrong I had my time of just listening to music. I was always very critical of music and my older brother always rapped. It was always around me, but I wasn’t interested in making the music up until recently.
HHW: Talk to me about your first time rapping since this is something new for you. What did it feel like rapping?
Manolo: (Laughs) Well, it felt good you know. My first show I had, I think I performed a majority of it with my eyes closed (Laughs). It was very, very frightening to be in front of everybody. Just explaining your talents and realizing that the moment that you come out publically and do something that you are open for critique and criticism.
HHW: When did you realize you had something special, and you had a real talent?
Manolo: Well the very first song that I wrote was actually stolen. Somebody stole it and I just heard it on the radio. I was like damn. Me and this person are friends now, but the person who did the record was unaware the record was for me. The person that writes for them, they stole it. That was the very first record I ever wrote, so I said maybe I do know what I’m doing. I still questioned myself, but when I wrote “All about the money,” and I got a chance to hear it on the radio and people saying this record was crazy that’s when I knew.
Valerie HHW: What was your childhood like and growing up?
Manolo: Well, I come from single parent home. My childhood was very cool, but there wasn’t any balance in it though. My father was a dope head and died of AIDS and my mother was a masters Degree holder. When you’re young and your mother is at school and work you basically have to raise yourself. That put me outside a lot and allowed me to get into a lot of other stupid shit that I maybe shouldn’t have gotten into, or maybe it was just things I had to go through. So my childhood was pretty much like that, I was in the streets doing that type of thing and I would come home and listen to my mother who’s very educated tell me not to do those types of things. I don’t look back at it as a bad thing, I look back at it and learn from it. It made me who I am today, I can’t say I would want anyone to go through it, but it was need for me.
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By Valerie C. Victor
One of the newest members to the latest Love and Hip Hop New York reality TV series, Bianca has a lot in store for everyone. At only 24, the young rapstress is already looking into creating new music and broadening her career outside of music. Since her big debut and largely grossing single “Chicken Noodle Soup” alongside DJ Webstar, the rapper has been on a 9 year hiatus only to come back full force on one of the highest rated reality TV shows.
This season the show had approximately 4.6 million viewers and Bianca’s story-line made an impact on her career. The young star is now looking into expanding her name and her talents. Read below the details as Bianca explained exclusive details to the show, the reunion and the new music she has in store for everyone.
HHW: Talk to me about the reunion?
Bianca: The Reunion was crazy, it was one of the longest days of my life. I think this is going to be one of the craziest reunions everybody is ever going to see. I can’t get into too much detail, but expect the unexpected for real.
HHW: Was there any fights or hair pulling?
Bianca: No not really a lot of fights or hair pulling but a lot of drama. But you heard the crowd do a lot of “Oh’s” and things like that.
HHW: How do you think you did at the reunion?
Bianca: I did very well. I was just trying to do the opposite of what is portrayed on the show. I did a lot of turning up and I just wanted to change it up a little bit from the arguing and fighting and sit pretty.
HHW: Did that work for you?
Bianca: It worked very well for me.
HHW: Is Yandy still managing you after the altercation with the girl from BBOD?
Bianca: Yes, Yandy is a part of my management team right now. I’m managed by Envision World, Phil is the owner and she is a part of that team.
HHW: Why do you have multiple managers?
Bianca: I have role management. Phil and Yandy manage me fifty – fifty. Right now with me re-branding myself and building my image I don’t have time to play around or time for any games. I need everything to be on point so I made sure I have the best people in my corner to get me where I need to be right now. I missed out on so many opportunities with chicken noodle soup due to the fact that I was 15. We could’ve gotten so many more endorsements. There’s so many things I learned throughout the past years that I could’ve done. If I would’ve known to invest my money into myself I would’ve been a lot further. But it’s just timing, everything happens when it’s supposed to.
HHW: Yeah because the Chicken Noodle Soup days, that’s when budgets were real.
Bianca: We got 1.7 for the whole situation. The money I made I could’ve used it for other things, I could’ve made more videos but I didn’t know I was a kid. I was just like whatever, and yeah I’m on the road.
HHW: Let’s talk before Love and Hip-Hop. What were you doing during that time?
Bianca: I was just developing and finding my sound. I couldn’t go from the Chicken Noodle Soup record to just talking about sex and grown people stuff. I was transitioning from being a kid to being an adult, and making it believable. It was a lot, I couldn’t get into clubs, I couldn’t network, there was a lot behind the scenes that I couldn’t do. I had to wait till I was 21 and I’m only 24 now. It wasn’t until 3 years ago when I could get in the clubs and network with the DJ’s and Self and the people that really control your career. The industry is male dominated.
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