DJ Yemi is a successful DJ who’s come out of West Virginia, a state not known for its musical contributions to the hip-hop scene. He’s seen a lot in this industry, has worked with artists like Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and more, and has a story to tell as well as offer advice to others who wish to learn the craft.
Check out our exclusive interview with him below.
What’s the music scene like in West Virginia?
The music scene in West Virginia is very diverse. You have the country roots and then you have the hip hop and pop influence coming in by out of state talent.
What made you want to break out of it?
Traveling to other states and seeing opportunities made me want to expand.
How would you describe your approach to DJing?
My approach is all about connecting with the crowd. If I can connect with the crowd by making them feel every song and beat I have done my job.
Who are some inspirations that have helped you craft your performance aesthetic?
No one particular person has given me inspiration. I have just looked at live performances on YouTube and my experiences at my own gigs have helped me grow.
What was the moment that you knew that you could do this professionally?
There were lots of little moments that bubbled into knowing a DJ career was on the horizon. But one was years ago when I got an EDM gig and I was able to change my live set with that concert. I created a set made for the event and did so good they invited me back.
What’s the hardest thing about being a self-taught DJ?
Hardest thing I would say is keeping up with the different sounds of music! So many different genres of music to maintain. You always have to be tapped in what’s making people move on the dance floor.
How do you go about connecting with such big artists?
I often look for an unknown artist with good sound and lyrics. Then, I build a relationship with them regardless of how big they get. Some have gotten to Billboard. The connection always starts at the root.
How has growing up in the church affected your approach to music?
When in church, the music hits the soul and has more meaning than just anything that you listen to on a daily basis. So when I look for music that strikes my interests, I look for the same feeling. Soulfulness and meaningful lyrics that stand for something.
What’s your favorite DJing story with an artist that you’ve worked with?
Not a story, but one thing I have learned about the great artists is that they put in the work. Late studio nights, perfecting everything from lyrics to the sound
What tips do you have for aspiring DJs?
The tip I always give is consistency! No matter what be consistent! On-time and ready to do a great job at any gig!
What would be your dream gig?
Don’t have a dream gig but my dream is to be able to continue to work with music and provide for my family!
Get To Know: Ant P is Detroit’s hardest rising lyricist
From producer to rapper: Ant P is an artist that you need to be familiar with. The Detroit-born rapper recently made tsunami-sized waves with his debut project, Bad Luck Bundy, in which he showcased his hard-nosed approach to lyricism that’s impossible to forget. To learn more about him and where he’s from, 4ShoMag sat down with him to get the scoop on one of the hottest rising artists out of Detroit.
Who is Ant P? If you had to describe yourself.
Ant P. is an Artist who grew up on the west side of Detroit off Schoolcraft. I would describe myself as “Most Known Unknown.” a rapper that’s in the city whom people know of, but may not know exactly who I am, if that makes sense.
How did you get into rap?
I got into rap in middle school when I was primarily a producer. I was working with some artists around that time and after high school and then we ended up falling out. I remember, til this day, them telling me that I would need them. They thought that I would struggle without them. At that point, I had a chip on my shoulder to prove them wrong, so I picked up the pen and got to work.
How would you describe your rap style? If you had to cite a few influences, who would they be?
My rap style is aggressive and straight to the point with a mixture of the aesthetic of cloud rap. I don’t sugar coat anything when it comes to it. as far as influences they are definitely out of the ordinary I will cite Sean Price, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, DMX, and Curren$y.
What’s the Detroit rap scene like? What do you believe your place in it is?
It’s a big melting pot of everything you can think of as far as rap. You’ve got your drug rap, scam rap, street rap, cloud rap, and pure hip-hop. i’m like a chameleon as far as i can mesh with all the sounds here. The group that I’m with, Cloudcatchers, blends in with everything as well.
Who are you looking forward to working with in the future?
There are four people in the city that I want to work with right now: Big Herk, Payroll Giovanni, Royce 5’9, and Boldy James. Nationwide, the producers that I really want to work with are Alchemist, Zaytoven, and Cardo. As far as artists go, I can say Project Pat, Jay Rock, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug, Future, D’Angelo, Chris Brown, and Rihanna. It’s a lot of artists, I know, but I’m a big dreamer.
What would you consider success at this stage in your career?
My biggest success so far is the release of my Bad Luck Bundy album and the subsequent praise that it received. It’s a great body of work that took a lot of work to complete, and I’m blessed to have a team that to help me bring my vision to life. I’m actively sharin git by working on more content from the album, as far as videos, and will continue to push it so everyone can form their own opinion on it.
What are you working on right now? When can we expect it?
I’m working on my second album, Anti Hero, and, sonically, it’s going in a different direction than Bad Luck Bundy. I’m aiming to drop it in October but, if things change, it’ll be out in November.
A Conversation With @LanaLadonna
There aren’t too many rappers with a voice like Lana Ladonna’s. She cuts through the air with a fierce energy that demands to be heard whenever she drops a sixteen. Her new project, $B1GLAN, is designed to make fans feel every bit of what she has to say and how she has to say it. Inspired by artists like DaBaby and Cardi B, it’s clear that Lana’s future is unstoppable.
Ahead of the release of her new project, Lana Ladonna sat down with 4ShoMag to discuss her new project and more. Check it out below.
Who is Big Lan?
“Big Lan” is the new head bitch in charge, AND THAT’S WHAT YOU GOTTA KNOW! (Laughing but very serious), no really, Big Lan is who I feel I am at this point.
A few people, more recent than not, have called me that as kinda like a joke because I’m short as fuck in real life, but my presence isn’t. Plus, everything I do is big, DUH. I also refer to it as another personality. The woman I’ve grown to be, my interests, my expectations, my vibe, are all components of this boss ass, glamorous, fearless, relatable being that “Big Lan” encompasses.
How did you get into music?
I’ve ALWAYS loved music. From Prince, Luther, Sade, Tina Marie, and more my mama used to play around the house to today’s artists – I’ve always spent my time listening to music. After graduating college, and knowing I wanted to be in the entertainment industry, but not knowing how in the hell I was gonna tap into it, I literally just decided one day – “I think I wanna try being an artist.” Plus, being back at home was a reality check. “Damn, my people really not rich.”
“I really gotta create the life I wanna live from the ground, up.” Of all my failed attempts post-grad (youtube talk show series, writing for baller alert, radio, etc.) it was the one thing that stuck and actually felt right. I feel like people didn’t take me seriously at first because it was so random; shit, I kinda didn’t either. The feeling my first performance gave me though, I knew this was what I wanted to do, 100%.
What was the creative process like for #BIGLAN? What will we learn about you on the project?
My process this time around was honestly a lot harder. With my first tape, Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1, I was just having fun. Not to say making my new tape wasn’t fun, I just felt very pressured this time around. Like, I legit have “fans” and people checking for me. That shit had my anxiety through the damn roof.
It took me so long because I kept discouraging myself, and being all scared and stupid. After I got outta my own head some time in November, it was just the same vibe – get me a lil Henny in my system, say what I feel, and just… be myself.
I think people will learn that 1. I really do this shit foreal, like I’m a real artist. The songs, to me, are versatile and I like that. Secondly, more of my personality shows. Naturally, because it’s more songs, but I feel like every song is relatable to men and women. I looooove to talk shit, and I think that’s why my music has sparked as quickly as it did because who doesn’t love a shit talker? In all, people are going to learn what Lana LaDonna is about! Owwee, and that I love the cash app!
What’s your recording process like?
My recording process is…. Random. Sometimes, I like to catch a vibe, and create in the studio. Other times, I like to create in the comfort of my own room. It really just depends. There have been times where I couldn’t sleep, and I thought of one line, turned on a beat, and made a whole song. That’s what happened with “YKWTFGO.” It was like 3,4 in the morning, and I was in my bed TURNT lol I still don’t know where that energy came from. I was damn near whispering the lyrics as I was writing them because it was so late, and I stay with my mama lmfao I do though HATE a bunch of people in my session. Everybody has a suggestion lol STFU PLEASE.
Your music is very direct and to the point, confident, and unapologetic. Who inspires you? What about them do you bring to your music?
It’s kind of cliche, but Cardi I feel like is what makes me so unapologetic with my music. Her come up via her personality is what made me ever think I could give music a try in the first place. All the artists I listen to in general inspire me though – Megan makes me wanna be in my rapping bag. Drake makes me wanna be relatable to both men and women. Da Baby makes me wanna get into the pockets of beats. Future make me wanna be… toxic and lit. Everything inspires me in some way. Plus, I’m really bold and unapologetic in real life. 99% of the things I talk about, I’ve actually experienced, felt, and/or thought at some point. I’m heavy on the no rap cap. The other 1% be me speaking this into existence.
How would you describe the Detroit music scene? How would you say that you fit into it?
Mmmmmmmmmmm, I would describe the Detroit music scene as….. extremely diverse. We have a lot of different sounds, but some are just more popular than others. I don’t know how to describe it. We fasho have our own sound, our own wave, that’s definitely like no one else’s. People try to mimic it, but imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Detroit people talk shit all day, every day. That’s 110% where I fit in. I’m also the epitome of a Detroit woman – bold, confident, fashionable, bossy lol with the shits, you know how we comin’! *flips inches*
I also feel like we’re kinda slept on though, but it’s cool. I’ll be helping change that real soon.
What are you looking to accomplish with $B1GLAN?
With $B1GLAN, I wanna wake niggas up! Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1 gave me a nice lil buzz, but I really wanna turn up foreal. I want to collaborate with other artists from the city, shit everywhere, and just expand my brand. I’m looking to accomplish overall growth with this project. Scratch that – I WILL accomplish overall growth with this project, so get you some popcorn baby, and enjoy the show! *blows a kiss*
@ohwoweli breaks down his beat-making process in new video
Nobigdyl’s “Stix” is a behemoth of a banger. The rapper’s bars make for an extra helping of stylish vigor that makes it a hit, but it’s really due to the thick, pumping beat that you want to hop out of your seat and go crazy.
Thank Wow Eli for this. The 20-year-old rising artist and producer made one hell of a riveting beat with enough bass to give you heart palpitations. In his new breakdown video, he shows how he made the beat for everyone interested.
Take a look at it below.