Thank you for taking some time to be interviewed for the Super Happy Death Cult webzine. Can you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a little bit about what you do.
My name is Yung Flex, I’m a 17-year-old rapper from Newport News, VA and I’ve been making music for about 4 years now. I also make cover art for myself and other artists and produce beats.
When did you get started? And how did the name come together?
Originally, I started making music as a joke. “Yung Flex” was a joke alias and everything. I would record songs with my headphone mic over random free beats and upload them to SoundCloud and share it with my friends. They all thought I was really good at rapping whether it was serious or not. I had been wanting to get into making music for years anyways, so I decided to keep it going.
Did you mess with any other genres or forms of music before getting into hip-hop and rap?
I never made any music before rapping, but I’ve always been into metal very heavily. I’ve always wanted to be in a band but I feel hip-hop is what I’m best at. I try and mix hip-hop and metal/rock in my music because of that reason. I’ve always been a huge fan of wrestling, and hearing metal constantly from watching WWE and stuff got me into it at a young age.
Who gets bragging rights for helping you get to where you are now?
My homies False Prpht & Poozy; my brothers Sowhatimdead, Bxxzy P, DJ Cumstain, & Lil Secret in the group I’m in (DeathCamp); Ghoulavelii/Big Bitter who produced my entire 10-34 EP which includes my most popular song; my brother BruhManeGod who produced my second most popular song (and my favorite); and my boy Andrew from Lost Appeal. All 10 of them gave me a huge push and helped a lot in their own ways. Love those guys.
If you could go on tour with anybody, who would the roster consist of? What would be your dream tour?
Of course my DeathCamp brothers I mentioned earlier, and my biggest influences Lil B & Black Kray. I’d also love to hit a tour with Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Korn, or Limp Bizkit. They’re all my favorite bands.
Where there any significant obstacles or hard times that you had to overcome to get here today? What was the darkest moment in your personal come up?
There’s always been hard times, and still are. Plenty of times where I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and I wanna quit. The darkest time would probably have to be 2016. That entire year I was just going through a lot of stuff in life, I was super depressed, but I always kept pushing my music no matter what. I’m glad I did too.
Are there any important video or music releases you have coming out soon that we should know about?
I have a mixtape coming very very soon called “Pitmode”. I think it’s my greatest piece of work yet, and embodies my entire sound into one tape.
Any upcoming shows you want to plug? Nothing coming up as of right now, but I’m always doing shows up in Richmond, VA. I’ll post about it on my instagram (@yung.flex.la.flare) or my twitter (@yungflex666).
Where can my readers stream your music and what site is best if they want to follow you? Where are you most active?
SoundCloud.com/yungflexlaflare is where all my music is. And definitely my twitter and instagram that I plugged earlier. And add me on Facebook too (Yung Flex).
As we wrap this up, is there anything else you would like to include for our readers. Anything important i missed?
VA is coming up in the music scene very very soon. Be on the lookout, we have a lot of fire here.