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A Conversation With Pontiac’s @YAKTOWNBOYZ248

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YTB Kaine is one of Michigan’s hidden gems. With recent releases like “Vent” and “Some Money,” he shows a kind of versatility that normally isn’t seen until record labels and A&Rs get involved. He’s got something special to pay attention to and he’s on the rise.

4ShoMag talked to him about some of his music and where he’s at right now to paint a picture of where he wants to go.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

What’s the YTB in YTB Kaine stand for? 

YTB stands for Young Thugs Bussin it was Yaktownboyz which represented our city Pontiac aka Yactown, but it got changed for certain reasons. 


How did you get into rap?

I got into rap at the age 13 after listening to Eminem, T.I., DMX, Ruff Ryders & Nas. I loved the art. I started writing poetry and it turned into rhymes. I took rap serious after I lost my brother in 2013.


How important is authenticity to your message? 

Authenticity is important to me because I can’t tell you about somebody else’s life. I want to give my fans and supporters My Story. I want them to feel my pain understand where my aggression comes from when I rap. 


How has being from Detroit shaped your approach to rap? Who are some of your favorite rappers, past and present? 

I’m from Pontiac. Being 20mins from Detroit making a name for myself most people were scared to travel to those open mics, competitions, and performances. I went every night I had a show with my head held high ready. It was times I went on last bit after I performed I got love and things changed. 


How would you describe the Detroit music scene? 

The Detroit music scene popping right now. Their eyes are definitely on Detroit right now. Michigan has been had the wave they are just now making them pay attention. 


When recording a song like “Vent,” how do you decide what works and what’s too personal to include in the track?

When I wrote “Vent” I showed a side of me I was scared to show or express. I didn’t hold anything back like I usually would. I vented to my fans as I would to a shrink. I just figured they’d understand me more without judging me. 


Who are you looking forward to working with and why? 

I’m looking to work with Styles P. That’s my right-hand man favorite rapper. He got 20 years in prison. That’ll definitely make his bid easier. It’s a lot of artists that’s upcoming that’s hot. I just wanna work with other hungry upcoming artists like myself. 


What do you have planned for the rest of 2019?

I dropped a mixtape on June 22 entitled “Vent” and mid-July I’m dropping again “Still A Menace II Society.” My third mixtape, I don’t have a name for yet but that’s done. That’ll come sometime this October. I plan on putting the game in a choke hold. Bring back that old rap the G’s want to hear. 

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Interview: Slim Mason Is On The Rise And Wants You To Know It

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At 4ShoMag, we’re always looking to connect with the hottest artists in Detroit. This time, we’ve been fortunate to have a conversation with Slim Mason, one of the city’s most energetic up-and-comers looking to make a name for himself in the lucrative rap scene. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Who is Slim Mason?
Slim Mason is just a bipolar, hungry, young ass monster that’s ready to take over his city. I’m bringing Detroit into a new era and wave because my generation (Mid 90s-Mid 00s), which is the next generation, needs a voice. Because most of the niggas popping in the city is late 80s-early 90s baby’s, like Sada and Tee and them. They holding the house up before I tear that bitch down…

How did you get into rap?
I mean I’m from the east side of 8 mile and of course Eminem is the first rapper I saw that came from where I’m from. He lived on Dresden Street, which is 2 blocks from where I lived (Hamburg Street) so I was like if he could do this, I knew I could too because we came from the same place. He’s the biggest motivation for me and the main reason I been wanting to do this since I was 4, when my dad snuck me in the Bel-Air movie theater and I saw 8 mile when it came out. I STILL watch that movie when it comes on TV.

What’s the Detroit rap scene like in your experience?
It’s cool for the current generation which Dz, Sada, and Grizzley but my generation (the next generation) needs someone for OUR scene so I’m the one that’s gonna step up, it’s a huge challenge but I LOVE challenges because when you accomplish that shit, it’s the greatest feeling on earth

How important is expending energy when you record? Do you make sure your records are lively?
I make sure it’s live as fuck. I bring hype ass energy when I’m in the booth fasho. The studio is literally my favorite place to go because I get away from all my problems and spit my problems on the mic. It’s a “Therapy Funhouse,” that’s what I be calling it.

What do you hope to bring to the music industry?
Fun. 100% fun. Like rappers in the city right now is so serious, I HATE that. Like loosen the fuck up and turn up nigga. That’s where I come in and THAT’S why I’m different from any other artist from Detroit because I can out-energize a kid half my age but out-rap someone twice my age..and that’s RARE…

What’s one thing you would change about the Detroit rap scene?
Like I just said, make Detroit fun again, like I feel like ALL generations cabnfuck with me because who can seriously hate a young ass nigga having fun and doing what he always loves doing as a career..right no one..

Do you like being an underground prospect or are you ready to make the jump to the next level? Why?
I’ve been ready since I came out of my mama. Like I feel like I’m MEANT to do what I do, not just a “Rapper”, or a “Hip-Hop Musician” but as an overall artist in general, because I literally love and do all types of music, like R&B and Rock and shit. That’s another thing that’s different about me from other “Detroit Rappers”, I’m ‘All-Around’ and versatile as hell, one track I can spit a hot ass ‘16’ (BARS), one track, I’m yelling shit over a hard ass distorted beat, one track I can be singing to your bitch on some young Chris Brown shit, man you never know with me..it depends how I feel in the studio that day…

What’s your recording process like?
I write songs pretty much everyday, so I already got lyrics and I go in the studio and form the beat, cause I Co-produce all my songs, and I just go off the beat I’m hearing in my head, or sometimes I be voice recording on my phone of the sound of the beat that’s in my head. I got like 40 beats or even MORE on that bitch right now, no cap..

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Keep making noise on the Internet til I get that ONE break and when I do see an opportunity that possibly can make me blow even more, I’m gonna take that bitch fasho. ANY opportunity that’s reachable, I’m GRABBING that bitch with no heso…

Give us a good closing statement.
This is Slim Mason, if you never heard of me, now you do, and your Great-great-great-great-great-great grandkids will too…I’m gonna take over Detroit whether anybody likes it or no not, I’m coming nonstop at WHOEVER is on top, whether that’s Grizzley, Sada, Dz, Bandgang, Damedot, Cash Kidd, WHOEVER, I’m gonna take over the city and be on top sooner than later. Why? Because I’m the next big thing thing and ‘if I say something I mean it’…AIYHAH!

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In the latest episode of The Dorm, AllStar JR and JoJo have a hilarious tete-a-tete

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If AllStar Jr chooses to walk away from rap, he has a bright future in the hosting world. For our ongoing series The Dorm, the chillest interview spot on the Internet, the Detroit mainstay sits down with InLoveWithJoJo for a conversation rife with laughs as well as surprisingly pertinent information for anyone wishing to learn more about JoJo and her role in the modeling industry. It’ll be the best two minutes you’ve spent today if you decide to check it out.

Watch our interview below.

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