Chicago based rapper Young Giftz has been generating buzz on a national level. As he gears up to release his next project, The Lake Effect 1.5 we had the chance to chop it up with him and learn a lot about where he’s come from. Consider this your introduction to an adroit rapper whose talents haven’t completely been unearthed.
What is your affiliation with F.O.C? How does working with them help you create music?
F.O.C. Is the group that I’m In…Those are my brothers, I’m just cooking right now with my solo music…be looking for a group mixtape to drop soon! Working with them helps me create music because of the bond I have with all of them. I’ve known everybody in the group for at least 10 years so the chemistry is there…the love is genuine and organic…Shoutout to Kon, Ace, Stash and As Always Free Freak!
How did you link up with TREE?
I’m a big fan of the Chicago music scene so I’ve been familiar with tree and his music for a while now…it just so happens we have a mutual friend which is also one of my managers Furious Stylez and he was really pushing for us to get in the lab together…Tree sent me the “Niño” beat and a couple days later we were in the studio knocking it out!
When did you first get into rapping?
Well Im 21 now…I’ve been writing since I was 12…I always knew I wanted to do something with it but I didn’t start taking it serious until I was about 17…I was heavily influenced by Cash money when I was younger…more so Lil Wayne than anybody…something about seeing somebody relatively close in age making that type of music motivated me to go hard…
Are there any rappers you look for inspiration from? Especially one’s from Chicago?
I’m always inspired by my peers and everybody that’s working in Chicago…I look at it as friendly competition, so when somebody from home drops a new song it definitely gets me hype and ready to record some new music
How do you feel about the response you got from “The Lake Effect”?
I feel like “The Lake Effect” was the best mixtape to drop in 2011. I released the mixtape in October and even though I got a good response from the fans, I believe it was slept on by the bloggers/tastemakers…
What can we expect on Lake Effect 1.5?
Lake Effect 1.5 is basically my team re-releasing The Lake Effect for those who are just now getting in tune with what we have going on…it features a few of the joints that we feel people slept on from the first release and also 6 or 7 songs that have yet to be released…hosted by the big homies Vic Lloyd and Sean Mac
What is your favorite environment to create music in?
I would have to say in the comfort of my own home…the writing process for me compared to others is kind of slow, so I like to sit in the crib and really vibe out to the beats without any distraction…I can definitely make it happen anywhere though
Tell us some things that the rap community doesn’t know about you.
I only drink dark liquor. Ha!