By Valerie Victor
Queens rapper Yung Joey is far from being a newcomer to the industry. He grew up under the influences of labels such as “Def Jam,” “Murder Inc,” and “3 to Life Entertainment.” The young rapper has learned the ins and outs of the industry from a very early age.
Joey also has experience working with and around other artists and producers such as Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Mike Will Made it, Jimi Kendrix, Dave East, HNY and many more.
Lately, the young rapper has decided to put a lot more focus on his personal music career, especially after organizing his “Anything Possible Tour” alongside Fred the Godson and others. The release of his Single “Anything Possible” featuring rap star Dej Loaf sparked the possibilities for other star collaborations.
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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