Young O is currently one of the hottest UK based rappers on the scene; so hot, he’s made it onto the playlists of many musicians including he likes of Calvin Harris. With the release of his new single “Yeah I’m The Man” and his collaboration with Nutz to design a line of headphones for release soon, it’s clear to see that this guy is clearly the next big thing. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with he rising star at the arty Sanderson Hotel for a little chit-chat about everything from the single to Cashtastic and Cocoloso’s.
So your new song ‘Yeah I’m The Man’ is very different to your other style of songs. Some people would call it dance orientated. What would you say to anyone that says Dance music is on its way out?
For anyone that says a style of music is going out, I would say that music is timeless. I don’t think a genre of music can go out of style – I think we just have phases that we go through with music. There are trend,s and it just depends on the current trend. I think the next trend will be Afrobeats for summer with producers and artists like Fuse ODB, it is doing very well.
So the video for the song is not your typical video, why did you use two women for lead roles’?
People don’t know this about me but I actually direct my videos. This song is a bit different to anything I have ever done, so in turn I wanted the video to be different as well. I did not want another club video so I decided to use my imagination and have the video themed around the two women.
So talking about the two females, do you agree with same sex couples?
Yes I do, I think that it shouldn’t matter who someone is with. People should be together as long as they are happy.
The women in the video are also very pretty. Would you describe them as your ideal women?
I am getting older and I do want to settle down, but my ideal for a woman has changed. I think those women are beautiful. But I also want a woman who is driven and ambitious. I want her to be a good girl but not a goody two shoes.
Same sex couples are prominent in the news right now, is it safe to say then that you follow politics and the news?
Well I am a homebody at heart so yes I know people may think it’s boring but I do keep up with the news.
What do you think about Rapper Cashtastic who has been deported recently?
It’s really sad. There are a lot of criminals that are in this country still and have not been deported but you have a young man who has established himself as an artist. He’s a role model, he pays his taxes and is loved. I have tweeted him a few times and I just hope this situation is resolved quickly.
You have worked with Splurge boys producer, how was that and are there any other producers that you would like to work with?
Working with Splurge boys producer was something that I always wanted to do so that has been a good experience. Producers I would like to work with … That is a good question … I don’t know if many people know this but Skepta produces and I would love to work with him at some point. Also I would love to work with Wiley. Those two people are at the top of my list at the moment but there are other producers I would work with.
You also worked with Sneakbo. What was that like?
He is a really cool guy. I had seen him around a few times and we always said hello but when we worked together, it changed our friendship. He came down to the studio and wrote his verse in like 30 minutes. We had my favourite drink to get our creative juices flowing.
Drink?! Yes please, enlighten me – what is it?
A Cocoloso, you have got to try it! It’s a mixture of Coconut Ciroc and Mango Juice. You will love it.
I must say guys last Saturday I rounded up the girls to try this drink. As promised – I did love it but be warned, it’s a sneaker. You know the type that just hits you suddenly…
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for his EP which is scheduled for release this year and considering I’m going through a black and gold phase those Nutz headphones sound like a right treat too.
Download “Yeah I’m the Man” single from iTunes.
- Latoya Lovell, Contributor
Young O and Cocoloso’s @OfficialYoungO #CocolososForTheWin
Young O is currently one of the hottest UK based rappers on the scene; so hot, he’s made it onto the playlists of many musicians including he likes of Calvin Harris.