Houston Artist YOUNG FELZ INTERVIEW
Ever wondered if the “Space City” was hiding something brilliant? No, not like top secret aircrafts, disposable astronauts, or martian-translating gadgets [even though that shit would be pretty throwed], but talent. Musical talent. Houston, TX has bred some of the finest artists to ever bless the game. DJ Screw, Fat Pat, UGK, H.A.W.K., Big Moe, Lil’ Keke, Slim Thug, and so on and so forth are some of the best Houstonians of the rap game. But, what if Houston still has a hidden talent? A hidden someone? A hidden rocket? Well, ladies and gentleman…I think we’ve found it. I got to catch up with a Houston-native who goes by the name of YOUNG FELZ. With his newly dropped mixtape [his second mixtape by the way] “Ransom Note 2” is starting to get major street cred from fans with his shockwave lyrics and punchline ammo. Houston we have a problem.
- A.S. asks : How did you come about the name “Young Felz”?
YF : Growin up, I got the name “Felony” from a good friend of mine that was a DJ. He said I killed flows so bad that I could get charged with a felony…but after really pursuing the rap career, I shortened it to “Felz” because I wanted to appeal to everybody.
A.S. asks : At what age did you stop and realize that you had such proficient bars?
YF : 16.
- A.S. asks : Being brought up and raised in Houston, TX I couldn’t help but notice that your style of bars differ from the typical “Houston flow”. Now, is there any way you can somewhat sum up your style for your new audience or better yet, those who haven’t laid ear to your sound just yet?
YF : It’s funny ’cause when I first started rapping, all I did was spit punchlines; one punchline after another. So, everybody said I spit like Cassidy…but the older I got, the more I tried to differ myself from other artists as far as topics, wordplay, and swagger. I would rather be wack than sound like someone else and in Houston, if you are different, you will easily stand out because everybody is too focused on trying to sound like the ones who already did it big for our city such as UGK, Scarface, Big Moe, etc. If you have an interesting mind frame of your own, why waste it and sound like the next man??? Thats why I have respect for artists like Chamillionaire because he made it in HIS OWN WAY.
- AS asks : Well put! You’re with label P.L.U.T.O. How did this come about and for those that don’t know, what does P.L.U.T.O. stand for?
YF : Pimps Like Us Takin’ Over. That should let you know that we been clicked up for a minute now. I was introduced to Supa Dave through X-Travagant (who is holdin’ down the rap thing in VA now). It was my freshman year in high school…then Supa introduced me to Swav, who introduced me to Mookie Jones, (the son of Oran “Juice” Jones) and we been reppin it ever since. It came to the point I made my own logo and tatted it on my left arm (shoutouts to Ron C Self Made Tattz).
- AS asks : Yeah, I’m pretty aware of Ron C’s work [shouts to that guy] and Mook’s well on his way to the top of the game. Are there any featured artists on Ransom Note 2 that we should tune in to?
YF : Yeah! Shout outs 2 my boy King Havoc doin his thang in Mo City, ya’ll should check out his single “Dat’s A Bet” and J Rome also droppin a mixtape comin’ soon….also check out my boy Aye Jay, who has a mixtape called “Almost Famous” which I feel was a crack mixtape….shoutouts to Fat Pimp for blessing the mixtape with a verse and my PLUTO patna in crime ALO; doesn’t even rap but he suprised alot of people with a hot verse on “Kush N Drank” to let boys know he can spit if he really wanted to.
- AS asks : Good looking out, we’ll be sure to hit those guys up! Are there any artists [established or underground] you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
YF : Too many. I want to show the top cats in Houston that I can hang with em…I would most def want to do a track with Bun B, Trae, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Keke, and Ro…and as far as underground, of course all of PLUTO (Free Supa Dave), Aye Jay, C Peezy, Candi Redd, Lionheart, Rico Jones, I promise I can go on with this list all day…I’m an underground artist so I know the talent that we got.
- AS asks : Being that this is your second mixtape out, judging from the two, would you consider Ransom Note 2 a stronger establishment than the first? I mean, what’s good between the two?
YF : I would consider Ransom Note 2 simply because it touched more elements of emotion. I had a cut that could make you laugh, a cut that could make you think, a cut that could make you cry and at the same time still had the freestyles to let you know that my wordplay got better and my swagger became more confident than the first one.
- AS asks : You’re definitely the truth. What can you say gives you the overall inspiration and drive to continue putting on for not only yourself, not only for PLUTO, not only for your beautiful daughter, not only for the fans, but for HOUSTON period?
YF : My mother and my older bro J.
- AS asks : Any last words you wanna leave before we chunk duece out the roof on this one? *laughter*
YF : Shout outs to Goddy, Grace and Faith and C Hayes! They showed major support from day 1. And of course you…I wouldn’t feel so comfortable in this interview if you wasn’t my nigga! Also look out for me on alot of upcoming underground mixtapes and I am also working on an album of my own, plus a collaboration mixtape with Dirty Money and Dream Team…the hustle will NEVER stop and last but not least, P.L.U.T.O till the world go BOOM. BOOM.
HOUSTON’S OWN YOUNG FELZ PRESENTS TO YOU HIS NEW MIXTAPE RANSOM NOTE 2 on DATPIFF. To download, click the links.
In case you guys missed out on the first Young Felz mixtape, download online at DATPIFF;