I had the opportunity to talk with Ohio-born rapper/producer Mathaius Young for a quick Q&A with Lyrical Lemonade. He currently resides in Indianapolis and is fresh off the release of his debut album “Take The Night Away” featuring several local artists including Lil West & Drayco McCoy. Be sure to get familiar with Mathaius below and don’t forget to check out his debut project right here.
1. First off, could you give a brief introduction to the readers who may not be familiar with you just yet?
Mathaius Young, I’m 21 years old living in Indiana. I’m a producer and a rapper, that’s pretty much it.
2. When & why did you make the move from Ohio to Indiana?
I moved to Indiana when I was 12 because I got caught skipping school and smoking weed. So my Mom made me move to my grandparents for the Summer, and then I got here and didn’t want to go back. I told my Mom I wanted to stay here for a year and just never ended up leaving.
3. You’re currently signed with Nomad Music Group, when did you make the decision to sign with them and who joins you on the label?
I’ve been signed with them since November of 2015. It’s me and Lil’ West who’s on one of my songs on my project. I think we’re going to be the only two, I don’t know if they’re trying to sign someone else.
4. I am definitely rocking with your debut album “Take The Night Away,” could you go into some detail on the title choice and the overall tone of the project?
Originally, the album was going to be called “Time Will Tell,” and I only had a couple tracks done. Then I made the song on there that’s called “Take The Night Away” where I’m singing, and that’s when I actually just changed the name once I made that song. That’s when I figured out what direction I wanted to take the album in. I was going through a hard period and I was connecting to that type of vibe like real dark. And I drive a lot too so when I’m driving from somewhere at night that’s when I get to thinking a lot and just vibing. So I just felt it would be right to call the album that for anyone doing the same thing.
5. There are very few artists in the industry who can rap & produce their own songs. Were you producing or rapping first? And do you prefer one over the other?
I was producing first. I started producing in 2013, and then just fell in love with it. I stopped playing basketball in High School and needed something to do, and my friend told me to try FL Studio and I tried it and it was super hard. We started hanging out more and I got the grasp of it and just went with it. I was trying to sell beats and my early ones were too trash, so I said forget that and started rapping over them. Tyler, The Creator was poppin’ then too and I was trying to make beats like his and mimic his voice real low and real dark. I prefer producing, it’s like second nature man. With rapping, I’m always trying to make sure what I’m saying is perfect, and producing for me is quicker too. I’ve been free styling though too, which a lot of people are doing nowadays.
6. You recently linked with Sonny Digital for an XXL Freshman Freestyle beat, can you talk about your relationship with him and what you’ve learned from such a decorated producer?
For sure, that’s my big brother. He hit my manager up and got in contact with me and we’ve been chopping it up ever since. I went out to L.A. and linked up with him in the studio, I walked in the doors and it was all love and we got talking for a minute catching up on stuff. We got to work, we got really high and started making beats. At one point he fell asleep and he was chopping up a sample for the XXL thing, and I just layed down some drums and he woke back up, added more stuff and finished it. That’s basically how the XXL beat came together, and I didn’t even know what he was going to do with it. He emailed me and asked if I had checked the XXL Instagram, and I checked the video and it was that beat.
7. If you could give any advice to an upcoming producer or rapper, what advice would you give them?
I would tell them whatever you want to make and what you feel is right to you, make it. Ask for your friend’s honest opinions, because you can make something and it can be really tight, or you could make something that’s really bad and your friend could say it’s tight and lead you to believe that what you’re doing is your best. Whoever’s around you needs to be pushing you to be greater than you already are. You can always be better, never forget that.
8. Finally, I noticed you have an EP dropping when you hit 3000 followers on Twitter. Is there anything you could tell us about that?
First off, I need that 3k on Twitter. I feel like I haven’t been doing a lot of music but I need ears on this. I need more ears than there’s ever been. My last album was special to me, of course, but I think this one’s really, really, really cool. I got some stuff lined up for it so I’m going to make sure as many people hear it as possible. Spread the word. I was about to announce the title but I’ll wait, it’ll all make sense when it comes out.
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