Yung Villigan takes some time out of his schedule to answer a few questions. He tells us about coming up with the concept for his latest video GMOG and what he thinks of race relations in this country.
Newport, Arkansas rapper and Adaman2m Entertainment artist Yung Villigan presents the ForeverLit Films-directed music video for “Got Me On Go”, the Lexi Banks-produced single from his debut mixtape Dreams To Be The Man. Villigan recently released visuals for single “Live It Up” (Youtube). When asked about the new single, Villigan says it came from “how I was feeling at the time. My little brother had just been incarcerated and it was a lot of stress at home so I just felt like it was time to go and step out of my comfort zone and chase the dream.”
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What’s something unexpected about Yung Villigan that we may not assume?
A lot of people are surprised to know that I know how to skateboard. Like actually skate. It’s an old video on YouTube that I let people see and they all have the same look on their face. It’s funny. Yall check it out just type in ‘Marcus Balentine skate video’.
What was your process for storyboarding and shooting the new video? How long did it take? Any memorable moments?
The GMOG video was a lot of fun. I gotta give a shoutout to the homie Livesosa because he helped bring the vision out. Wasn’t too much of a story line behind it. Just a lot of turning up and some beautiful women. The video ain’t really take too long to shoot. What I liked even more is everyone who was a part of it was cool and the energy was good so it came out even better. I can recall at one point we were shooting with the smoke machine on and I’m smoking and forgot I had ordered a pizza like 15 minutes before we started, so the pizza man came to the door and saw these lights everywhere and all this smoke is barreling out the door, there’s a girl dancing on the wall while being filmed, and he’s looking like “what did I just walk into?” It was wild.
I feel as if my message is just different from a lot of what’s being put out. Like I feel like I have a purpose coming from where I’m from. It’s like a lot of places and a lot of people really don’t make it out. Especially with this music, I feel as if I give the kids of my neighborhood some hope. I tell em all you got is a dream and chase it and don’t ever take no for an answer and push yourself to be great.
What do you think are the ingredients that make a classic rap album?
Having fun and not putting yourself in a box. Being true to yourself as an artist and open to other ideas.
How do you feel about the state of race relations in America today?
I see it on social media and TV, but I guess we are kinda out of the loop out here in Newport, Arkansas. See, poor is poor and poor don’t have a color. Some of my best friends are white. We all in the same struggle trying to survive and make a way out. We don’t see each other as black or white, we just homies til the end. We all in the same struggle trying to survive and make a way out the gutter.