In a revealing interview, Ya Boi L.I.V.E, an up-and-coming hip hop sensation from Long Island, unveils captivating details about his personal journey, ambitions, and profound dreams. Following the success of his previous release, “What Chu Working Wit,” the talented artist sheds light on his upcoming projects, including an exciting clothing line and much more.
Ya Boi L.I.V.E also delves into his heartfelt mission to bring about positive change in underprivileged communities plagued by poverty and violence. Through his music, he aspires to inspire individuals, demonstrating that life holds boundless opportunities beyond their current circumstances. By encouraging perseverance and instilling a sense of belief, he aims to ignite hope and showcase that anything can be achieved with dedication and faith.
Find out more details about this remarkable artist below.
The organic vibe that emerged on “What Chu Working Wit” was spontaneous and unplanned. Does your process typically depend on such moments of inspiration, or do you prefer a more structured and disciplined working environment?
The process depends because inspiration can come from anywhere at any given time. But once I get the idea, I prefer a quiet workspace so I can focus on what I’m doing. But I can also work while there’s people or other things going on around me. It just depends on the vibes.
The collaboration between you and A-La Da Analist has generated immense excitement. If you were to choose one iconic hip hop artist from the past to feature on a track with you, who would it be and what kind of song would you create?
I don’t know, that’s a hard one. But off the top of my head, I would say Prodigy (R.I.P) of Mobb Deep. I think we could’ve made some dope pain music and dropped a few jewels on the people.
Tell us about your upcoming releases. What can fans expect in terms of theme and style for your solo, group, and compilation projects?
The projects are still being figured out at the moment. In the meantime, I’ll be releasing singles every three weeks like appetizers before the main course, you know, to keep the energy going.
You’re launching a fresh merch line this month, which is different from your previous work with Daville Clothing. Could you elaborate on the inspiration behind it and how it reflects your personal identity?
My new merch line is called ‘L.I. Brand’ and the focus is on all things related to Long Island, New York, which is where I’m from. One of the main reasons I decided to start this clothing line is because I felt there was nothing cool apparel wise when it came to Long Island, at least not the things that I’ve come across, so I wanted to make some that I would actually wear and I’m sure others will, too.
Hip hop has always been at the forefront of fashion and style. How would you describe your personal philosophy on the subject, and how does it align with the messages and themes in your music?
Hip hop and fashion go hand in hand. The genre introduces people to new styles and new ways to rock old styles. I’m known as DaLivest “N” DaFlyest. When it’s time for me to show out, what I wear makes a difference. What you wear is a representation of you, if you look good, you feel good and that’s a fact. That’s always been represented in hip-hop music. When a hip-hop artist can make people dress like them, or stop dressing a certain type of way, that’s a true sign of how impactful hip-hop is in the fashion world.
Music has the power to bring people together across borders and cultures. If you were to go on a world tour with the mission of spreading a positive message, what three countries or cities would be at the top of your list, and why do you feel your music could make a significant impact there?
I don’t know, there are so many. But I would try to go to cities that have a lot of poverty and violence issues and places where communities need positive influence like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and many others. We can start with those three and eventually we’ll make our way around the world. I feel through my music I can show people that there is more to life out there than what they might be experiencing at the time, and with effort and belief anything is possible.
We often see rappers stepping into acting roles. If you were to star in a movie what kind of character would you love to portray, and how would your hip hop background influence this personality?
Maybe like a mentor type of role, like a dad or a big brother, you know! Something like that, where I can show resilience, dedication, and hard work pays off. If anything, that’s what my hip-hop background has taught me: you gotta have tough skin and want to achieve your goals as bad as the air you breathe in order to win…
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