I recently got the chance to catch up with our young Northwest rap prodigy, Yung Zakk, to find out what's in store for the future, how Sugar helped, and what drives and inspires this rising star. (read full article below picture)
Yung Zakk: Ive just finished my 1st mixtape "NICE GUYS FINISH LAST" avalible Dec 25th on misscaseycarter.com also avalible on hotnewhiphop.com/yungzakk. In addition Ive completed few videos that are in the prosses of being edited. Ive also started working on my next project with J ROC (artist / producer of Track Addictz from tac). I have spoken with SeaSpot Media Group about some things that have been going on with me and I will be doing a follow up interview with them some time soon.
Sugar Pie: Do you feel like winning the contest helped your career? Explain.
Yung Zakk: Very much so. Winning the contest has opened alot of doors for me allowing me to meet people in fashion, media, blogs, music, photography, and more. All these people have created a huge marketing avanue for me.
Sugar Pie: Who is Yung Zakk?
Yung Zakk: Im an artists out of Tacoma, Washington. Ive been making music for a few years now and I'm just starting to put it all together. I believe persistence is key and that if u never stop you'll the last one standing. I just want to make good music and represent the NW well.
Yung Zakk: I would say my music is aggressive and motivating but still somewhat humorous.
Sugar Pie: Where do you gather your inspiration?
Yung Zakk: My inspiration comes from my life experiences and a lot of that comes out in my music.
Sugar Pie: What do you think about the current state of hip hop?
Yung Zakk: I like the current state of (most) hip hop everybody has really stepped their game up. MMG, YMCM, WIZ, EMINEM, ROYCE DA 5'9, YELLOW WOLF, SLOTERHOUSE...
Sugar Pie: How do you think you'll change the game?
Yung Zakk: By touching subjects that everyone can relate to on beats that you can still feel and get down to.
Sugar Pie: What do you think sets you apart from other emerging rappers?
Yung Zakk: My voice, rap style (how I put my word together) and just speakin about my life experiences. No one person is the same so if I do me I going to be original no matter what.
Sugar PIe: What artists present or past inspire your music?
Yung Zakk: Eminem and Ludacris because its one thing to rime and put syllables together but to do so while expressing who you are and how you feel, to me that's art.
Sugar Pie: Who's in your camp and what are their assets and roles?
Yung Zakk: Im with "CHART TOPPAS MUSIC GROUP" Fiesta, Kraff The Boy, EQ The Magic Maker, TDH, Low Drama, Young Neph, and Talisha. Fiesta is an artist, producer, and CEO of the group. He is a true leader and student of the Hip Hop game and he guides us all in the right direction. Kraff, EQ (prod./R&B), Talisha, and TDH along with me YUNG ZAKK are all at the forfront of this group, musically representing a younger more energetic crowd.
Sugar Pie: Where do you see yourself and your camp a year from now?
Yung Zakk: I see us traveling a lot, allowing many others from other states get to know us and become apart of what we do.
Sugar Pie: What up and comers should we look out for?
Yung Zakk: Look out for Xavier Lee he's got hot mixtape called "BACK TA SCHOOL" available on DATPIFF.COM. Kraff, hes got some great music coming your way. Also Yung Starr and Lil Rip from Money Kla$$ (Tac group). And lookout for Track Addictz (Reall Beats & J ROC a production team from Tacoma) they have a great industry sound they work hard and are extremely talented.