Yung Berg
More Than Music

Yung Berg looks familiar, but he’s yet to be recognized. To let fans tell it, hits like “Sexy Lady” and “Sexy Can I” weren’t really Berg’s records, but Junior’s and Ray J’s, respectively. Not only did YB produce the tracks, he also penned all the R&B parts on both singles. Writing assignments for Ciara via producer Tricky Stewart could possibly result in more smashes, but chart toppers are the least of Berg’s worries these days. The Chicagoan now finds himself in an all too familiar place: on a mission to introduce the man behind the music. XXLMag.com recently caught up with the self-proclaimed “Young Boss” to touch on his brief feud with Bow Wow, his singing debut and his jewelry game, among other things.

We’re sitting here and you’re making me laugh every two minutes. I had no clue you were funny. Why don’t people know that about Berg?

I don’t know. The fucking label, dawg. My team wasn’t right. Now I feel like I got it better, but the label had to understand. They just went into “Sexy Lady.” They didn’t buy into who Berg is as a person. So now that the label knows, I feel like we’re gonna be able to do it, especially with the release date being in August. There’s still enough time for people to grow with me and give me time. It’ll be like, “I fuck with Berg.” Not the music. The music will just be a byproduct.

Rappers are usually put in categories, but you haven’t yet. Where do you think you fit?

I’m the truth. I’m the shit. I don’t know anybody that’s 22-years-old that’s producing and writing music at the capacity that I’m doing it right now, especially real music. Like, Soulja Boy…he can say he wrote that song [“Crank That”] and produced it, but did he produce that shit? That shit sounds like four spoon banging on a table with a fucking 808 and a clap behind it. I just feel like I’m doing that. I’m more like a Faboulous. I make big records, but I can still spit it with the best when I get on my songs with Lil ‘Wayne or I get on my songs with Fab and things of that nature, you know?

You just mentioned Soulja Boy, you had a situation with Bow Wow and earlier you said your album got pushed back like Flo Rida’s hair line. What’s with all the name dropping? You have something to get off your chest?

It ain’t a whole lot to get off my chest. It’s just that I’m real and I speak my mind. There’s no censorship going on with me. When I spoke upon the Bow Wow situation, it was me speaking my mind. I’m not hating on Bow Wow. When I was with DMX, he was with Jermaine [Dupri]. He was poppin! I was trying to pop. My shit never happened. It was always that rivalry in me because I wanted that lane. I wanted that money. I wanted to look back, be 22 and have them millions that he got right now. But it didn’t work out that way. And then, it’s not even that. I just want the paper.

Who did you work with on this new mixtape you have out?

The mixtape is out right now. I did one way back in the day with Clinton Sparks that was floating around. Now I just did one with Green Lantern and The Empire. It’s out right now, Young Boss Or Die: Vol.1. Lil’ Wayne’s on two songs on the mixtape. Me, Jazze Pha, Jody Breeze, Pleasure P from Pretty Ricky, Fabolous is on there, me and Ray J got a new song that nobody’s heard that’s on there. It’s countless features. It’s just showing people I can spit it with the spitters. But in the same token, my album is gonna be filled with big records ’cause at the end of the day, I’m not gonna alienate my core fan base, which is bitches, period.

You mentioned that you wrote “Sexy Lady” and “Sexy Can I,” how long have you been writing R&B records?

It happened when I first started messing with Junior. We used to toy around. I used to try to do R&B, but I never really got confident in myself until T-Pain and The Dream came out. I notice these niggas ain’t doing nothing but rapping with melodies. Once I got the blueprint around it, I just took off with that shit. Then “Sexy Lady” came. Now “The Business,” working with Ciara, my working with Dream and Tricky[Stewart]. It’s gonna be big.

How did you link up with Ciara?

I didn’t really link up with Ciara. Tricky’s an executive producer on her project or whatever. And, ya’ll know Tricky did “Umbrella” and all that stuff. Tricky’s from Chicago, but me and Tricky actually met through my mixer on my records, ’cause he mixes all of The Dream and Tricky’s stuff. My mixer was talking about, “Yo, Berg is crazy,” so we finally linked up and we getting to the money right now.

You used the Auto-Tune on a song off your album. Why?

I’m not gonna front. I’m not Chris Brown. I can’t sing like that. Pain might feel like he’s the best singer, but if he was honest, he’d be like, “I’m not the best singer. I was a rapper and I found this fucking instrument and I can sing good enough to where it doesn’t sound like shit.” But you’re not gonna catch me on “American Idol” next week…

Pain said artists need to ask for his permission to use Auto-Tune, did you ask for it?

What’s crazy about it with the whole permission thing is I had a record called “One Call Away” that I did and put the voice coder on it. This is before everybody started going nutty with it. I went to see T-Pain, ’cause I was on the Scream Tour with him…. And I went on his bus and was like, “I want you to get on this record. I was playing the record and he kinda flipped. He was like, “Damn, dawg! You sound kinda like me on this shit a little bit.” I was like, “I need you to do it.” The record never really worked out, but he was like you got my permission to do anything with that shit.

You have this song called, “Manager.” I remember Twista saying, “Let me be your manager” on “Overnight Celebrity,” has it become a Chicago term or something?

I got it from there. To be honest with you, I’m so “Entourage.” I feel like I am the black “Entourage.” I feel like I am the black Vincent [Chase]. I’m just in love with that show and I just felt that was a concept record that we could expand on. I just need 20% of you. If we gonna go together, we gotta grow together. So you give me 20% and I’ma take you to the next level where you need to be.

I saw you at Spotlight Live a few weeks back and I saw one of your chains pop. What went wrong there?

I mean, I had on five chains on when I perform. You see how energetic I am when I perform, so my shit popped.

[Manager cuts in and says, “Tell him about the new shit.”]

My new shit I’m debuting. It’s gon’ be in “The Business” video. It’s gonna make headlines, bigger than Rick Ross’ face piece and all that shit. This is when swag is at an all-time high. When you have an album release and your chain has a release date. I can’t even talk about my chain until “The Business” video when you see it. It has a release date, May 5th. You’ll see it.

You had five chains, but one in particular popped. Did you go back to the designer to confront him about the chain poppin’?

Nah! You gotta see the chains. They’re like the skateboards. The reason it popped is because the skateboards are kinda like dog tags. So it’s one chain holding the weight of motherfuckin’ five pounds on a skateboard and I’m jumpin’ up and down. I ain’t mad at Jason. Shout out to Jason out in Beverly Hills that made all my jewelry. He’s the boss, man. He do Lil Jon’s shit. He do Missy’s shit. He do Michael Jackson pieces, LeBron James pieces, so he’s the man.

Yung Berg’s official debut, Look What You Made Me, is scheduled to hit stores in August.

  • Be a Nigger Too

    Typical coon…he bought 5 chains and still doesnt have an album release date…

    • TY CUTTA

      BERG IS THE MUTHAFUCKIN TRUTH ALL YOU HATIN ASS NIGGAS WILL SEE REAL SOON BOW WOW AONT EVEN IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS THIS NIGGA…..HIS ALBUM IS GONNA GO HARD

      • datrouf

        gonna go down the drain hard… nigga

    • ddddddddddddd

      2nd

  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    Yo! Punk ass Bow Wow would fuck Berg up! Berg couldn’t hold Bow’s training bra. I’d love to see them two bitches brawl.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=21282 jay

    May 2nd, 2008
    at 12:52 pm

    Be a Nigger Too says:

    Typical coon…he bought 5 chains and still doesnt have an album release date…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I can’t even talk about my chain until “The Business” video when you see it. It has a release date, May 5th. You’ll see it.
    … 4 ppl who cant read..

    and i second that bow wow would fuck berg up in a fight.. but on the mic i think berg would catch him

  • Jack

    did xxl widen the picture to make him look bigger or is 50 giving him some steroids that would explain the random shots at people to. and I still think vh1 or mtv should hold a rapper boxing show just think of all the viewers.

  • SteelzKitchen

    yung berg ?
    Please this guys a joke..
    bullshitt chains…bullshitt music…
    what clown…

    shit is changing..
    That bling shit is gone…
    “its about to go back to the lyrics..and its gonna be sad cuz most rapper cant even read”.-jadakiss

  • menaceman305

    smh… so the nigga is pretty much sayin he don’t like bow wow because he’s done well in life and he hasn’t yet???

    Well shit’d let the list begin for nigga who i shouldn’t like….lmfao
    starting with……every nigga who on right now.

    Nigga need a better reason than that shit there brah, i think the nigga can spit but that was a weak excuse to go at a nigga.

    And it’s like, is non of this nigga managment staff or homeboys tellin him “dawg you trippin, you sound like the greatest hater of all time right now!”

    I’d rather hear tha nigga say bow wow fucked his bitch or somethin and that’s why he don’t like him oppose to that shit.

    Dade County Stand Up!!! We In Here!!!

  • TY CUTTA

    THE NIGGA BERG IS THE TRUTH TRUST ME YALL NIGGAS WILL SEE…..

  • natalie portman

    MAN BERG WILL FUCK UP LITTLE BOWWOW IN FIGHTN AND ON THE MIC FUCK BOW WOW OL FAKE ASS THUG

  • permission?

    fuck t-pain people were using vocoders long before his ass was around, and any motherfucker on the street can buy auto tune

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    So yall 305 niggas tryin fuck with a nigga from The Chi? yall country niggas better get yall Street Game up cuz any niggas from the CHI who talk reckless as Berg does is Plugged with some Folk$ or Lords and yall just Lames. My nigga Berg is just a Outspoken real nigga and other niggas from other areas ain’t use to that. GDN Folk$ Chi-Town Southside. what it is ?

    • NAWLEDGE

      @Chicago PaPii

      That was a moronic statement you made there buddy. Dont give me that outspoken bullshit. Berg gave a WEAK excuse for gettin at a nigga. Because his shit didnt pop and Bow Wow did? Thats fuckin weak!!

      305 niggas need a REAL reason to get at a nigga. I would respect him more if he said Bow Wow stepped on his showes and didnt say sorry, or he tried to show him love or some shit and Bow Wow didnt show it back. But because Bow Wow popped and he didnt? Shit is WACK homie!!

  • Wardypop

    2 faggot ass CHICAGO PaPii: Niggas in Dade dont care bout what you soft ass Southside niggas claiming! Everybody know Westside of Chi-town run da city. You a nigga that stay in Romeoville or Bolingbrook! Shut dat shit up! You not on dat gangsta life.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tharichrecordsproductions Rag Bone

    This Guy Will Murder Bow Wow

  • R U FO REAL????

    So basically he’s hating on others because he’s a loser. LOL!!!!!!!! 954 fo sho!

  • d.houston

    I can’t believe i actually read 70% of this bullshit interview… damn, that skunk got a nigga focusing on bullshit lol

  • Tha Ace

    ok first off i thought he was like 15 and was given the lil kid a break and was like “aight, let him do his thing”

    but dude is 22 and can’t rap to save his life, talkin he can rip it with some of the best………….i found it a bit amusing honestly

  • menaceman305

    @ CHICAGO PaPii

    And you really don’t see nothin wrong with hatin bow wow because he rich???

    hey if thats how u niggaz get down so be it, i know niggaz from the westside of the Chi, and i never knew hem to have bitch ways.

    i mean kanye cry bout alot of shit, but i never heard the nigga say he don’t like niggaz because they did good in life.

    i know alot of them sensitive (concious) rappers come from the Chi, but they ain’t never say no bitch nigga shit like that.

    like i sd yung’n can spit, but thats some hoe shit!!!

    thats me being outspoken!

    The Whole FLA Stand The Fuck Up!!! It’s 305 Till I Die, But In War The Whole South’ll Ride!!!

  • Maddolies

    Wow Did he jus Comment on Flo Ridas Hairline?

    Wta Fag!

    Flo Wuld Murder Dis Lil Kid I mean look at him hez Juiced up more than Chris Benoit

  • 38-caLib3r

    i wanna know wt happened wit him and X. did they have a fall out. i just realized this the same cat the spit on the exit wounds soundtrack and it was heat. he can spit but his new shit he wrappin garbage. his rhymes are off. wats good wit him and x tho streetz wann kno

  • british b

    This is a typical hir purchase rapper tryin to drop dumb ass comments to get relevant in the game. 50 told him toget at bow wow cuz he confiding in him about bow wow making big moves n taking his shine…

    But at the end of the day fcuk young berg bow wow dont care about you he got his own fans that loyal to him n pay his bills

    Young berg a chump

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Nigga u sick made, the Southside run the Chi, check the news our side got way more shootings and murders and Folks is too big for yall haterz. Naw fam I ain’t takin up for Yung Berg hatin, but, since I am from the CHI I ain’t down for niggas comin at CHI niggas bogus Fam. Southside GDN Fam

  • YUNG BERG IS GAY

    I HEARD 95% OF THE RAPPERS NOW IN DAYS WEAR GLASS CHAINS.ANOTHER WORDS FAKE DIAMONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NicoleSimpsonCantRap

    Why the hell would you brag about your cities murder rate?

  • ChicagO

    fuck this nigga…giving chicago music a bad name…and bringing out a bunch dumbass ignorant muthasuckas with him…but on a more serious note, does t-pain he wasn’t the first one to use autotune? Roger Troutman anyone? And on even more serious note, how does little berg stay on his feet with all those blood diamonds weighing him down? i feel like he should just tip over sorta like a cow except i could use his chains to put myself through college…in fact if i ever see this sambo i’m gonna fuck him up, steal his shit, sell his shit, go back to kidnap his ass…then i would tie him down (pause) and make him listen to his own shitty ass music till he starved to death…fuckin bow wow made puppy love and this dude thinks hes gangsta cause he’s gettin at him FUCK OUTTA HERE

  • screezy

    @ chicago papii quit tryin to define yoself on the internet u really make the crib sound bad u would get fucked in the ass if u got locked up “folks” it’s in your literature go read it goofy…and whoever said that westside run it bullshit them niggas is about money out there over gangbangin that’s the south/eastside…and umm I was just curious if anybody heard LEP diss the nigga Berg on they new shit nigga Moonie goes in on him

  • screezy

    and some other shit for my niggas from chicago like ChicagO…u silly for sayin he givin the chi a bad name lil nigga just make decent music…it blows me that there’s not a single rapper except maybe Common who really was on some gangbangin shit that’s on not no Bump j type nigga i mean like Lupe, Kanye, Common, Twista???

  • pprkutz

    dawg t-pain actin like hes the inventor of that sound. if anything who did the originator,mr. troutmen, give his talk box to? mc magic of nbridaz. he should ask permission from them.game reckonize game.ya dig.

  • TONI GUITAR

    yo this dude berg music is to be respected, it is a hassle to fit into versitility, well atleast enough to pen r&b lyrics when your experties are hip hopand raptrust me i know so cut the dude some slack and if not lemme hear you do better

  • jalen3

    i think this dude is a clown, he has the nerve to admit that he wanted bow wows position and that’s the reason he dislikes him? do you smell female tendencies? well you should, because that is a females personality trait.

  • yungjigga

    fuckin’ chicago rappers. dudes not even a rapper and can’t sing and wants to get at bow wow cause he successful. he’s a lame ass nigga. and any nigga who agree with his whole reason to hate on bow wow is a lame ass nigga. now he wanna get with bow wow’s ex (music wise). he need to enroll in hip-hop 101 and learn how to rap (he can’t spit only real mc’s can spit, he rap) fuck all hatin’ mc’s and anyone who wanna hate on a cat for bein’ successful. that’s real. 216 really run shit

  • Real Talk

    Man if yall don’t shutup this garbage…
    Random killings ain’t gangsta…
    Poppin shit on the internet ain’t gangsta…
    And internet gangbangin ain’t gangsta…
    Berg is just a clown tryin to get his weight
    up and make some money off yall…
    The hood is hurtin right now, all over the
    whole country… I don’t care what you rep.
    But if you are really what you say you are,
    you need to stick to your law and watch your mouth!!!

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Screezy? Nigga that Bump J shit is just Eastside shit and nigga I am from the Wild 100s and we don’t give no Fuck. Period. I respect Common and Lupe more than Bump, because they actually IN the Industry doing it and Bump J ain’t. Bum Ass Niggas Lost. Again.

  • JAY STONE

    Ain`t this nigga gay

  • Freddy Vega$

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! get this clown off stage, BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!