[FEATURES] Young Khalifa
To make it in this industry isn't necessarily as easy as one thinks. While it can seem like your favorite artist is an overnight success these days, such isn't really the case. For artists like Young Khalifa, it's definitely a steady grind for success. His grind is finally paying off, as he's part of The Get Lifted Tour with Snoopadelic, Country Boy, and Macshawn100! It all goes down tonight in London, Ontario.
We caught up with Young Khalifa to talk about this weekend's tour stop!
U.G. Digital Mag: What’s good with you man? You have a whole lot going on?
Young Khalifa: Oh my god, it’s crazy man. We’re getting ready for the big show with Snoop, Snoopadelic! Snoop D-O-Double-G, we’re getting LIT man..
U.G. Digital Mag: That has to be huge man, doing this with Snoop. What does that say for your career man? That’s so huge….
Young Khalifa: I’ve been doing this for 4 years seriously. It’s amazing and unbelievable.
U.G. Digital Mag: You’re seriousness, and the way you work is not even a question. Hands down, Snoop won’t work with anybody who is not serious.
Young Khalifa: I take it so serious. It’s my life and passion. Without music, I have nothing. I have to really push. I’m excited and humble. It’s amazing. It’s another stepping stone in my career. I’ve done shows with Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, and I just want to be recognized for my hard work.
U.G. Digital Mag: That’s happening already, no question. Your positivity is truly awesome, and I see the passion you have. It’s definitely shining through!
Young Khalifa: With anything, you have to work hard. I try to help a lot of people around me, and I just want to succeed.
U.G. Digital Mag: You don’t hear that hunger so much anymore, so it’s really good to see it.
Young Khalifa: Man, I’m stressed out, running around like crazy to studios, and it’s crazy.
U.G. Digital Mag: But you have to admit, even with the stress, I’m sure you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Young Khalifa: Oh me, I live this. I love it, but it’s scary at the same time because I have had upsets, ups and downs, and so on.
U.G. Digital Mag: So what can we expect fro the show?
Young Khalifa: I used to be formerly known as YG. I did a show with Meek and it was LIT.
U.G. Digital Mag: I’m planning to hopefully be there man, and we’re rolling from Cleveland, so that should tell you how much we really dig your brand man. Are there other shows lined up as well?
Young Khalifa: With the shows, places out here is crazy and its hard. Snoop is a big boy, so we gotta make sure he’s OK, and in his zone. We’re gonna get LIT. I might do this song called King James, since you’re from Cleveland.
U.G. Digital Mag: That’s dope man. Where can everybody check you out online man?
Young Khalifa: I had a lot going on and I had to step back a little bit. My son was just born recently, so he takes a lot of my time. On Instagram, I’m at @youngkhalifa93, and then I’m on Soundcloud as well.
U.G. Digital Mag: We’re definitely following for sure man. We’re looking forward to the show too man. What’s the one thing you want your fans to know, especially the ones who can’t make it to the show?
Young Khalifa: For those who can’t make it, I wish you were there. I love having a crowd of friends and family, but you can always expect the nest from me. We will be taping the show and it’ll go up online.
U.G. Digital Mag: So then we can run it as well.
Young Khalifa: Definitely. We can all help each other. This world needs to united and be unified. People need to help one another. That’s the most important thing. I want everyone to love one another, accept each other and don’t hate on people’s religion and culture. Why be mad and sad? Let’s get LIT.