If you have been paying attention recently you may have noticed that Texas has been on the come up musically. Houston has always been a staple in the hip-hop community but now other cities such as Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, and even Austin are getting some attention now and rightfully so, the Lone Star state is bubbling with talent.
One of Austin’s most talented rappers that you may not be familiar with is Y2. Y2 is one of the best-kept secrets of the city and it really is only a matter of time before his music catches on. His sound and the way he creates music is unorthodox even down to his melodies and lyrics but that’s what makes him so interesting, it’s truly a breath of fresh air. He really can’t be compared to anyone. Along crafting music for himself he has also lent his pen for others and has written for Rihanna, Gucci Mane, Trey Songz, Dr. Dre, Trey Songz, and Tech N9ne just to name a few.
2017 he kicked off his mixtape series titled Mixtape Wayne which stretched over 6 mixtapes and found him releasing a total of 87 songs. The series paid homage to Lil Wayne’s approach and work ethic he put into his mixtapes. Last year he dropped a collaborative project with DJ E-Feezy and Ocho Sneak titled Y2OCHO and followed it up in December with the release of his Y project which is some of his best work yet. I had the opportunity to speak with the rising star about his influences, how he got his name, his Y project, what he has in store for 2019 and much more. Check out the interview below and get familiar with Y2 because he’s about to shake things up!
How did you get the name Y2?
- The name Y2 just has a lot of symbolic meaning to numbers and energy. So the whole numbers and magic and how numbers form magic through triangulation. It’s get’s like a f*ckin science project explaining everything. Y equals 7, plus 2 equals 9 which is the highest number you can come to in math. So it represents supreme. So I’m just trying to represent this supreme entity of being able to do a ton of sh*t. My family also called me Jay Jay.
You started your career producing, writing and contributing to other peoples projects. What made you want to go solo and start making your own music?
- I got tired of pleasing people. They would be like oh your dope you should stop dropping your own stuff so I started doing that. I laid off producing because I would make a ton of beats for these major artists and then you spend your entire day making beats just to be told that’s a little too different can you try this. So I just started doing all that different stuff for myself. It worked rather than trying to please someone else.
I see that you wear a #23 chain and you mention a lot of NBA players. What’s the significance behind the 23 and does it have anything to do with Michael Jordan?
- No, it has nothing to do with Michael Jordan, it has more to do with Lebron James. I love Michael Jordan to death but I feel like I resonate more with Lebron just because he is asked to do a lot for a team and try to inspire others to do more to. It’s also the day of my birthday I was born on the 23rd day of March.
If you had to choose one song to introduce yourself what would it be and why?
- For the last project, ‘Y’ it would be “Tra3 Young.” It’s like my theme music. Wake up, superhero, I’m finna make this sh*t look good theme music.
You have been making music for about 10 years already. What have you learned along the way and what advice would you give other up and coming artists?
- To just do what the fuck you want to do anyway. Take advice, but at the end of the day just make sure your surprising yourself or doing something you haven’t done. I feel like if you don’t really challenge yourself to evolve or grow and make mistakes you’ll get settled. The more uncomfortable you are the better you’ll end up becoming.
Back in December, you dropped the Y project can you tell me a little bit about that and the creative process behind it?
- I dropped the ‘Y’ project because it was the 9th project since I dropped ‘Mixtape Wayne’ one and I really wanted the title to be really short and simple. I feel that in a nutshell, it’s all the growth from ‘Mixtape Wayne’ one to ‘Y’. It’s just a big conglomerate of everything I’ve become and you can hear the growth in every project. I feel that one was a special one and it was the 9th one, so I really just wanted the title to be short and simple, not saying a lot but it said a lot in the music. It’s just ‘Y’ as a question and statement.
Speaking of the Mixtape Wayne project what made you want to create them and flood the game like that?
- I feel like when Lil Wayne was dropping so many projects, that’s when he was screaming “yo I’m the greatest rapper alive.” So I feel like Mixtape Wayne is a mindset, I wanted my output to inspire people to do more. So the ‘Mixtape Wayne’ whole title is just a mindset, like to just outdo yourself, keep putting stuff and let it be known yo I’m out here and he stopped dropping so much music so it was the perfect time to pay homage.
You’re currently putting the finishing touches on your follow up project 7ICTORY2 is there anything you can tell me about it and creatively are you taking a different approach than Y?
- Yes, there’s a lot more features, there’s genre-hopping, some jazz. ‘Y’ was hard top to bottom This one has more range and shows more of the artistry.
“Genius Is No Fear” what does that quote mean to you?
- Everything. The moment your a “genius” is when you don’t consider the outcome. You’re just doing it just to do it. The reward is just the fact you don’t have to be worried about being afraid to do it. Then it’s done then you can tell people you can just do it. It wouldn’t resonate with people if I didn’t do it
With 7ICTORY2 on the way and ink dry with your new deal dry with The Orchard/Sony Music what do you have planned for 2019?
- Man, I want to do more movies definitely working on more music for film scores. I did the Tyrell movie, dope movie kind of along the lines of ‘Get Out’. I did a horror film ‘Monster Party.’ Branch off to the video game world, soundtrack stuff. We already two albums deep, even though Victory is done we have enough to drop at least three albums. Just trying to break my own record. A lot more touring, overseas, in the states and really putting that stamp out there, that “Genius Is No Fear” and letting that shit carry on to other people. I think it really resonates with dancers and anyone who is that type of field. I think the music industry as a whole is in need of that.