Exclusive Interview of Yestaybest | Rapper
1. What is the start-up story behind your sounds & recording journey?
My brother is a singer and a few years back, maybe about 5, he bought his first mic and recording equipment. I had always wrote rhymes since I was about 11 or 12 but never took music seriously. We recorded some pretty bad tracks at the time but it was a lot of fun. I saw myself keep writing and recording more and more. one day my friends were telling me that I was good and that I should take it more seriously so about a year and a half ago I started to post music on line and released my first mixtape.
2. Describe your sound concepts, what is it like? What are three words that best define it?
My sound concepts depend usually on how I feel that day or in that moment. There’s times I want to just turn up and party, theres other times where I want to be gritty and street, or I could be chill and talk about love or issues in my community. The best three words to define it is versatility, lyricism, and passion.
3. In three words, characterize who you are.
Intelligent, Determined, Persistent
4. What’s something that’s always running inside your mind lately?
Lately I’ve been going through some relationship issues so definitely that but more importantly whats always on my mind is how I can be a better rapper, friend and person each day.
5. Being in your position, I’m sure it can be overwhelming with the workload.
How do you achieve balance in life?
I just take one day at a time and try my best to accomplish everything I need to for that day. Being organized helps to stay on track with time management and when I prepare my day properly I usually get what needs to get done, done.
6. What’s one incident that would serve as a turning point to your life?
The turning point in my life would probably be the day my father passed away in a car accident. Life at that moment became all to real and forced me to become more of an adult.
7. What three pieces of advice would you give to others when it comes to life & career?
Be happy in whatever you do, if it does not make you happy than you should find what does. Never judge someones situation because you don’t know how you would act until you are actually in the situation. Be yourself at all times because life is too short to spend it being someone else.
8. What’s a typical day in your life like?
On a typical day I’ll wake up, the first thing I do is usually check my sound cloud stats. Then I’ll roll up a joint or blunt, depends on what I have, and smoke with my family. Then I’ll either go to work or on a day off I’ll sit and work on new music or listen to some of my favorites. Maybe go play basketball later in the day and we always end the night with another smoke. We call it “The Goodnight” lol, I have a song with it in the hook but the verses Im telling a story.
9. What’s one of the highlighting moment in your career? Why is it so?
There’s been a few but the most memorable would have to be my mix tape release party. It had a great turn out and i had so much fun.
10. What stops you from throwing in the towel and giving up during those frustrating days of being in this industry?
Ive never been a quitter. I have never thrown in the towel when it came to something I am truly passionate about. My family keeps me grounded and during those tough times they remind me that life will not be a crystal stair. It helps to keep me motivated knowing that they believe in me and my talent.
11. Biggest risk ever taken?
About 3 years ago I got engaged and moved to Atlanta with my ex fianc?. It didn’t end up working out but it was a great learning lesson and something i definitely don’t regret.
12. Who has influenced you most and been your greatest inspiration?
My father was always my biggest influence growing up. He made sure I was always busy with school and sports which kept me out of trouble in my neighborhood. My greatest inspiration would probably be Jay-Z because being from Brooklyn you don’t see many of us make it, especially to that level of stardom and success. Brooklyn is a huge, well known town but the percentages of those who make it past their city block are very low due to violence, drugs, and lack of focus.
13. How do you go about marketing your business or yourself? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
Todays society is centered around social media. I use social networks to broadcast new music and ideas. I also try do as many shows and radio interviews as possible. The most successful form of marketing so far has definitely been on soundcloud. I have gotten such positive responses to my music on there and it helps me to know Im on the right track.
14. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In 5 years I see myself touring and handling day to day business for my startup entertainment company. In 10 years I see myself still handling day to day business as well as making more music and enjoying the fruits of my labor.
15. What’s the first thing you would say to the world if all attention was on you right now?
Call my bro Hel Rel to say “IF YOU DONT KNOW NOW YOU FCUKIN KNOW!! YESTAYBEST DOT COM FOR THAT REAL SHIT”