Jung Youth – Talks “Yada Yada” LP

Jung Youth - Talks "Yada Yada" LP

Nashville rapper Jung Youth presents Yada Yada, his new album produced entirely by Central Parks, a Tennessee-based producer on the roster of Los Angeles label Cold Busted who also produced Jung Youth’s previous EP Duende, as well as providing the soundtrack for Monday Night Freestyles, a weekly web series with Jung Youth centered around freestyles and football. Jung Youth is a Red Bull Sound Select Artist and has shared stages with Mobb Deep and Juicy J. “With Yada Yada, Central Parks and I wanted to come straight out the gate and establish that we both take our crafts very seriously,” Jung Youth says. “I noticed that a lot of my favorite beats from him had these gritty and dark, entrancing vibes, and I couldn’t help but start rapping r-rated rhymes all over them like a jaded millennial idealist without any more f–ks to give. Some of the brashly sarcastic stuff was so off the wall that we would laugh, but there were also many moments of harsh realization and lucidity that created a fine balance of both arrogant and aspirational. We recorded all 17 of the project’s tracks in one sitting and it just all blended together organically. At the end of the day I would say it is appropriate to call Yada Yada a concept album–we worked very hard to tell this story while simultaneously paying homage and having fun in the process.”

SFHH: How do you think Yada Yada will be regarded in ten years?

JY: I’m sure it will be regarded highly in some camps and less highly in others. At the end of the day, it was a project that Central Parks and I both worked very hard on. It’s also safe to say that we both had a blast while making it. Yada Yada and the writing/recording process for it helped influence my life in a way that I never fully understood until now. As a creator or an artist, you are always a human first, and with that territory comes life, death, and everything in between. I don’t want to be one of those guys who only writes happy or sad songs all the time. Sometimes I want to make art that is emotionally complex and that can require getting down to the nitty gritty and saying things that others may find offensive. Sometimes it also requires going through different eras of investigation and experimentation, like Picasso’s blue period vs. his rose period. When all the smoke clears and if I can release all my music the way I want to, then Yada Yada will have an even deeper significance within the context of catalogue. In ten years? I hope it will be regarded highly enough that I can do a vinyl reissue or something like that.

SFHH: Which song on the album was the hardest to write and why?

JY: The hardest song on the album to write was probably “Diabo”, because that was the first track we started with. It gave me one of those ‘eureka!’ moments regarding the direction of lyrical inspiration and overall concept for Yada Yada, and everything really started to snowball from there. It was also difficult for me because it was like embracing this shadowy side of things and learning to tame the beast. That said, everything came together very organically with this project and although I spent a lot of time writing the lyrics for some of them, others just fell into our hands like a hail mary pass that we weren’t even looking for. 

SFHH: Which was the easiest and why?

JY: The easiest was probably “Knock the Dust Off” because we quite literally knocked that one out so quickly. We did all the vocal recording for this project in one crazy, unforgettable marathon session, and I just remember being in the zone, in the booth for hours at a time. I think I had only heard that beat like once before, if ever, and am pretty sure that it, along with a couple of others, wasn’t on our original tracklist for the project at all. But after we finished doing vocals for one song and were deciding what we were going to work on next, it popped into my head and I asked Central Parks if we could put it on for a minute. The next thing I knew, this one was done and we were vibing out hardcore. The best feeling i can compare it to is being one of those brick-breaker dudes at a martial arts exhibition/tournament. That’s what we were doing with this project: lining up bricks and breaking them down to dust. 

SFHH: You describe yourself on this album as a “jaded millenialist with no more fucks to give”. Can you elaborate on this?

JY: I’m generally a very optimistic guy, and always try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but having idealistic tendencies often sets one up for disappointment and disillusionment. That’s where the jaded part comes in. The millenial thing has to do with not just myself, but my entire generation as well. We have been exposed to so much craziness thanks to the internet and everything else that we’re numb to it and it gets kinda hard to see through all the smoke and mirrors sometimes. So, when I described the narrator of the Yada Yada story as a jaded milennial idealist without any more fucks to give, I imagined a character who could see through a lot of the smoke and mirrors and was confident enough to be fed up and still try to navigate the maze, but brazen enough to be comical and provide some opportunities for learning on the way to the other side. Hopefully I was able to accomplish that. 

 

SFHH:  What kind of vibe do you think your next album will have in contrast?

JY:  My next album is already done, so I know for a fact what type of vibe it has. All I will reveal right now is that it is different but still very dope. Each project I have done so far is different because I like to try different approaches and experiment with songwriting and sonic textures, but one thing that remains the same is that I always try to make the best music I can, whatever the style or substance is. Stay tuned, because this is just the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot of new Jung Youth music on deck.

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