YUNG BRUH (August 2008) | Interview By:
Hard hitting rhymes, distinct voice, intelligent and driven. These are all
qualities that Yung Bruh possesses. The younger brother of West Coast legend
Kam is making a name for himself. His single, Gangsta is starting to rise up
the charts and his focus has never been greater. Read on to find out why this
former University of Oregon football standout feels that football and the
music business are more similar than you think. YB lets us take a glimpse into
his world and tells us about the three, yes three projects heís working on
which includes a super group with Kam and Glasses Malone.
Make sure you request his single, Gangsta featuring Game and J. Holiday and
donít forget to read on to discover why Yung Bruh is all about Quality over
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Interview was done in August 2008
Yung Bruh Interview Audio:
Yung Bruh Gave Dubcnn A Shoutout:
Dubcnn: Yung Bruh, welcome to dubcnn. How are things going man?
Oh, thank you man. Everything is going good. Grinding like bad brakes,
like I say. Just trying to make it happen.
Dubcnn: Now for those who donít know, you are Kamís younger brother but I
donít really want to get into all that stuff. We can get into that another
time. I just wanted to touch base with you on a couple of things. I know that
you attended the University of Oregon but there was a family medical emergency
that prevented you from completing your Senior year. Are you going back to get
Yeah, well it probably wonít be at Oregon if I do. My momma always wanted me
to (attend college) but thatís what happened. I stopped (attending) during my
Senior season at Oregon because my mom passed. But I was blessed to get 7
months with her before she was gone and one of the things she wanted me to do
was get that degree. So even though I got my opinions on but I gave my word to
my momma so I definitely gotta uphold that. So, it might not be at Oregon
because thereís too many issues I got over there.
Oregon was cool but it really wasnít my little cup of tea so I might finish it
out here at one of the little universities out here. God willing thatís what
Iím going to do. Plus my Queen is on my back about it so I definitely gotta
get it done.
Dubcnn: I know how that goes because I had to end of finishing (my degree)
going the round about route. So I know how it goes. What were you majoring in?
My major was in English. But with football, sometimes itís really backwards.
They say Student Ė Athlete but itís Athlete Ė Student really because they are
going to change your major if itís something that conflicts with their
schedule. What happened was they ended up giving me Sociology because the
classes I was taking was messing with the practice time. So they needed me to
be in there so they pretty much rearranged it. So thatís what itís pretty much
gonna be if I finish itís going to be Sociology like a Social Worker or a
teacher or whatnot.
Dubcnn: Interesting. You played linebacker right?
Yessir, I did. A Headbussa.
Dubcnn: Now was it Middle Linebacker our Outside Linebacker?
I played it all. I got recruited as an Outside, Strong Side but when I got
there I was so versatile that they put me all over the field. But I was a
strong side Backer. I was pretty good. I pretty much made it to the pros a
little bit. Like I said, I was in a camp but came back home. 6í3Ē, 245lbs. 5%
body fat and ran a 4.4 40. I was with it man.
Dubcnn: In talking to you as we set up the interview and doing research and
finding out that you were a Linebacker in college I thought you might have
been Middle Linebacker. This is the reason why: Youíre an intelligent brother
and it comes across that way when you talk to you. So can you draw any
parallels Middle Linebacker, kind of the captain on the defense to being in
the entertainment industry? Can you make any comparisons?
Yeah, I mean everything you have to do. Everything is riding on you. Youíre
the one that issues out the plays which is similar to your songs when
everybody is expecting you to come with it and perform. Thereís definitely an
audience. I went from 50,000 screaming fans to hopefully more *laughs* You
know what Iím sayiní with the rap thing. But itís definitely the same with the
training and discipline. Running Gassers when playing football and lifting
weights and I just transfer that into the pen. When Iím out here in these
streets and meeting up with these connects every song I do and everything I do
in the booth I go hard as if I was on that field
Dubcnn: Gotcha. Now the song that is definitely getting much love is called
ďGangstaĒ and it has Game and J. Holiday. Years ago you used to record or you
were in a group with Game. When you got back on a song with Game was it kinda
like riding a bike because of the chemistry you had before?
Exactly. And for those that donít know me and Game were actually a group
called the Conference. Actually Western Conference but thatís a basketball
thing and we were scared to get in trouble with the name so we shortened it to
the Conference and later somebody cameÖI think it was Treach of Naughty By
Nature that had a group at that time so we had some little legal issues with
that. It eventually turned to the Starters because he played basketball and I
played football. But thatís how that went.
Iíve known dude since he was about 13. He was playing football with me on the
Compton Oilers and I never knew he rapped though and the same thing with me.
My brother would be dropping me off to practice in Compton, coming form Watts
to Compton everyday. Thatís when Kam was popping because his album had just
dropped so everybody was looking. Anyone that knew me knew me from football.
Eventually, long story short, some time passed and we was on the same team. We
met up at the JC and he was still playing ball and I remembered his face and
he remembered mine. The next thing you know I caught him in a freestyle bustiní
and killing everybody. So I said Ďok, what you doiní?í He was trying to get up
with my brother and at that time my brother was pushing me so it just clicked
I gave him a little cassette tape of Game bustiní and freestyliní and my
brother was on him and we became a group. Shortly after that I got my
scholarship and when that happened (Game) started getting on his independent
grind and doing mixtapes and that led to Dr. Dre and eventually G-Unit. Thatís
how that went.
Dubcnn: Now I know you were inspired to get into the game by your older
brother Kam. Youíve been in the business for a little bit. I have two younger
brothers myself so I try to shield them from making some of the same mistakes
that I did. So what advice did you ignore that Kam gave you that turned out to
be one of those ĎI told you so momentsí?
I would say to the best of my ability I try to really listen to his
instructions because I have been around him as far as this music stuff since I
was 16 years old. I was pretty much schooled just as much as he was. Because
as he was getting into it I was soaking it up as well so I got to see how
things went. Like the little situation with Cube and paperwork and people that
said they were going to do things and it didnít turn out that way and played
him and what not. All of the ups and downs of this business. So I pretty
muchÖeverything he says is right and exact. Not all the time but sometimes I
may feel otherwise but everything he pretty much told me happened. So I do my
best to listen to him because for one, heís a vet and two heís my brother and
pretty much raised me. So I canít think of anything he told me to do that I
Dubcnn: So I know that you just came up on a year of marriage.
Congratulations on that. And we know that marriage is all about communication
and compromise. Now take the music industry. Youíve been grinding it out for
awhile. I think music business is about relationships and perseverance. Would
you agree with that? If not, what do you think it comes down to?
Exactly 100%. Itís definitely a marriage, itís a balance. Itís not going to be
all cookies and cream off top. Thatís where a lot of people get mistaken
because they think theyíre going to blow up or whatever their plans envision
are going to work out when they want it. Thatís not gonna happen. You gotta
compromise and give up stuff and you gotta sacrifice. Even if you sacrifice
itís not guaranteed that itís going to work out how you want. And thatís how
marriage is. But you gotta keep grinding and working at it so itís the same
thing. You gotta get that love and that time in with that music just like you
gotta do with your partner whether male or female.
Dubcnn: I read where you said that you have three projects going on
simultaneously right now. Thatís very ambitious. Is it hard to focus on them
separately to make sure each project is given itís own attention? And what can
you tell us about those projects?
The only hard part is kinda like recording. More the energy it takes because
you are stretched thin. But as far as trying to adjust to the themes, thatís
easy to know what the theme is. Like I said, Iíve been around my brother for
so long and every single one of these vets so I soaked up everything about how
With this Watts Riot project with my brother and Glasses (Malone) we already
know what that theme is. Thatís the easy part and something that Iím used to
because my brotherís known for hardcore political conscience rap and thatís
exactly what this is. So, me being his brother of course Iím going to get
laced with it and the same thing with G. G has it in him so that part is easy.
The other two projectsÖmy project the West Nile Vol. 2. is just me so thatís
not too hard at all. Itís just about knocking out the joints Iím on and being
satisfied. Anything you gonna get with me is going to be quality. Quality of
quantity. I donít want to half ass nothing. Everybody that knows me knows that
and thatís just how I was trained. My brother was like Dr. Dre/Joe Jackson
*laughs* I had so much red marks like an essay. So many red marks and errors
and stuff and got better. After going through that training and knowing I have
to bring it every time I submit something to him you start to get used to it
and get better. Thatís what I forced me to do. Thatís basically what it is man
and why I donít half ass nothing. I say this all the time like a little
parable. Itís like home cooking, know what I mean? Iím sure everybody Granny
or momma who cookedÖyou might want Wendyís or McDís but eventually itís going
to get you sick. It may taste good going down but in the end its going to get
you sick. But if its right, home cooking you just donít like waiting for it.
Itís hot, in the kitchen cookingÖyou might get some hair in your food *laughs*
but when itís done everybody can smell it and everybody wants a piece and
everybody in the hood at your doorstep wanting a piece. Thatís how you know
itís done right.
Same thing that I apply to this music, itís home cooking. So I ainít gonna
rush nothing or half ass nothing but I guarantee when it come out everybody
will know about it and itís going to be right. Same thing with the W2 project
which is just me and my brother. That came aboutÖitís tax time, you know what
I mean? So thatís why we call it the W2 Boys, itís tax time. Everybody that
owes my brother and owes me, itís time. Thatís just industry, not really
taking shots at anybody. Itís just about giving us our just do. Iím new but
Iím not new because everywhere he went I went. He just got the name and Iím
just the little brother but we paid our dues and weíre tired of showing
receipts. So give us what you owe.
Dubcnn: I hear that. So whatís next up for Yung Bruh? Let the people know
where they can keep in touch with you at with a myspace or website or
Next up for me just more joints. I got a couple of more singles but most
importantly this song here featuring Game and J. Holiday called ĎGangstaí is
the #1 priority now. Iím trying to get it everywhere I can and itís doing a
great job so far, more than I could ever do. After that I plan on dropping a
digital album too which is old and new joints to get the buzz out.
You can reach me manÖyou can reach me in these streets first of all, Iím
everywhere. But hit me on my MySpace,
Iím so lonely itís just me and my brother, G and Tom *laughs* Not Young Bro,
not Young Buck, not Young Berg *laughs* No disrespect to those YoungísÖit may
seem like Iím new but Iím pretty much a vet even though Iím young. Iíve been
around just as much as anybody but it looks like Iím the biter now with that
young stuff. So those that hear me, Yung Bruh, please donít think Iím biting.
Iíve been Yung Bruh since I cold crawl. Thatís a hood name. It was given to me
and I didnít have no name for years and thatís how the name came about. ďOh,
thatís Kamís young bruh. Whereís your young bruh at Kam?Ē And I didnít have a
choice. Like, man I got a name! *laughs* Thatís how Yung Bruh came about so
just shorten it up for YB and thatís what it is.
Dubcnn: Any last words for dubcnn then?
Be on the lookout for your boy Yung Bruh man. Watch out for my man Glasses and
my big bruh Kam of course and the Warzone. Beach Cruiser coming soon on
October 7th I believe. Watch out for West Nile. I want to thank dubcnn and you
Javon. Shouts out to Nima and everybody for giving me this shot and letting
the people know a little bit about me and who I am. There it is and expect
nothing but the best from us.
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