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The Come Up: Yung Gleesh

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What were your influencing growing up? What built your style?
Boosie is who got me into rap. He got me into it and then Gucci. When Gucci came out, it was Fugazi you know what I mean? If Boosie’s doing it? It’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, I can listen to this.’ Shorty rapping like this. Everything he talking about that’s how I am feeling. And then Gucci, he come out, he coming out all ignorant. He sounded like he had the flu, he had the cold. Anybody can rap. You know what I mean? This nigga really got expensive shit. This nigga like that. I liked that. He probably rap like that, so I tried my hand in it.

Did you meet Gucci before?
We tried to do some business a minute ago, like last year. Tried to sign me and shit.

How come that didn’t pan out?
It was some other shit. It didn’t have anything to do with me. Gucci wildin’ shit.

What was your impressions when you met him?
Unique. Everybody’s telling you before that Gucci’s crazy. He’s gonna spaz on us. That’s like the inside shit, you know what I mean? People even on the outside think he crazy. Before the ranting and that last little splurge and shit. He was still Trap God and niggas still feared him. But, it was beyond that fear shit. It wasn’t about being scared. I wasn’t scared of him. But, I just thought, ‘Oh, he’ll flip on ya at any second.’ He’d be down there with them and he’ll act like he don’t know you or some shit. That was the shit they was saying.

When he talked about signing me, he was flying [me] down [to Atlanta]. When I get down there, it was good. Everything was gleechie. There was no problems. There really was no problems between me and Gucci. It just was some other shit that happened. And then it was like ‘Boom!’ We just fell off. He started trying to sign me in December 2012. That’s when he called me down to Atlanta. And then 2013, I’ve been with him, January. At the beginning of the year and shit.

What about your affiliations with Slutty Boyz and GBE? Are they trying to recruit you?
It’s like that with Slutty Boyz. Everybody likes to see what I got. ‘Oh, he got something. He rap about tight shit. Let’s snatch him up.’ I’m just gleechie. I always mention gleechie, you know what I am saying? From day one. Even when I was rocking with Slutty Boyz, I was never a Slutty Boy. It’s hard to explain, let’s just put it like this. What’s that shit with No Limit? Or Cash Money? Birdman and Mannie Fresh, they was Big Tymers. But it’s all Cash Money and then you got Wayne and Juvie and Turk and all them. I was rocking with Juvie, Turk and all them. They was Big Tymers. They was a group. They was already they own entity. I was already my own entity. We just together. As far as GBE and Gucci and shit, they was trying to sign me. The Slutty Boyz is more like D.C. artists together. We just rocking together. Gucci and GBE and shit, we was talking about paperwork and all that other shit.

Now, you are focused on being solo.
I can do me. That’s all I need who blessed me with promotions and many things. Just put it like this, all of them looked at me for doing me. Slutty Boyz, GBE, Gucci, all of them caught they eye cause I was doing what I was doing. If I could do that, I could do that for everybody. And Gucci can walk up to me go and know my name and pass me a J. Like, “Gleechie! Gleechie! Oh, yeah, Coach K? You know Coach K? He talk about everything about you. I fuck with you. You know what I am saying?” Gucci walked up to me and Twista walked up to me. And Mac Miller. Rocky walked up to me the other day. Niggas be walking up to me and bumping my shit. They been diggin’ on some lowkey shit. Like nobody know me. We having a 1,000 people in all of Atlanta. It’s not a lot of people, but it’s the right people.

What can we expect next?
I’ve been focused on something, something way bigger than [my last mixtape.] I really don’t want to say. I’m usually a mixtape artist or I might do some video that gets some views or something. On my mixtapes, I drop a lot of songs and my music [is] on mixtapes and shit. I gotta change it up. I gotta do something new. I really strategically placed all my music out there. I might do one on XXL. I might do this joint on WorldStar or shit like that. I might do another one with Noisey. Or I might have Ballout on a song. Everything is a strategic plan. I might have this nigga on a song—[Yung] Lean. Why would you put Lean? He from Sweden or Switzerland. That nigga’s got fans I ain’t got. Everything strategic, so this new shit, I got a strategic plan for this shit. I’m about to kill ‘em. I ain’t at my top yet, I’m still just climbing.

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