We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Rap Artist…You-C!!! You-C is a very unique rap artist with a hip hop & rock n roll sound that we were able to meet at the Chicago Music Industry Panel & Indie Showcase where he performed a capella style. What really caught our attention was how You-C gave the crowd energy as if he was performing with a live band. You-C is currently in the process of releasing more creative music & even a few mixtapes. Lets get to know You-C…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who You-C is & what You-C does.
You-C: My name is You-C, the 3rd Letter. I’m a rapper/producer/singer-songwriter/engineer. Recording artist for Flawless Leauge and member of the illustrious ShazKrew.
3 Voices: You started rapping at age 11. What inspired you to become a rapper?
You-C: I’ve always been interested in entertainment at a very young age. I found rap at 6 by watching BET (106 and The Basement) and I didn’t start writing my raps until I was 11. I was in Mississippi for my uncle’s funeral and I was chilling in the room with my mother and she had came up with a song for me to do. I thought it was real corny, so I wrote my own lil’ 16 bars and I thought it was hot…BOY WAS I STUPID LMAO!!! Watching other guys on TV and always wanting to be THAT GUY inspired me to really want to rap.
3 Voices: Who are some artists that have influenced your music career?
You-C: My top 10 are André 3000, Eminem, Nas, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Common, The Game, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, and Kendrick Lamar. Each one of these guys inspire my creativity, storytelling, lyricism, my boldness to stand out and be myself…so originality, entertaining, etc. Only recently, I found myself truly listening to rappers from the 90s like early Jay and Nas, Biggie, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Method Man, etc.
3 Voices: You hail from Markham, IL. How would you say that had affected you & your music?
You-C: To be honest, Markham is a very boring place. Like Markham truly didn’t affect my music in like a major way. All we have in Markham is the Rink (on 167th and Dixie) and Adrianna’s. I spend most of my time in different spots…mainly Midlothian and Chicago. Those two places are where I had some of my best and worst times growing up.
3 Voices: If you could work with any three artists in the world, who would they be?
You-C: André 3000, Frank Ocean, and Freddie Mercury.
3 Voices: Tell us about your EP,“Searching For Myself”. What is your personal favorite song from it?
You-C: Alright so back in 2012, I put out my first mixtape “Cough Drops & Water Bottles”. After that tape I started planning out for my second mixtape, “Do You-C Me?” Well around this time, I joined the ShazKrew pretty full on and we were working on our first mixtape…really them, cause I was only on two songs but whatever…and DYM? was planned to be released in 2013 around August, but the Krew was like we are gonna drop “Access Denied”…first mixtape, go get that from BandCamp.com – PLUG!!! So I was like, “iightimma fall back and let them drop the tape” but I also wanted to end 2013 with at least 1 project. So SFM is really 7 songs that I decided to take off “Do You-C Me?” and create a concept with. Basically it’s about me finding my sound and finding my place in music. I have interludes in-between the songs to let people know about who I am when I started rapping, to who the ShazKrew is, and then thanking them on the journey. As far as my favorite song on the project, only two stand out to me: Pure Imagination and Root of All Evil II. Pure Imagination was incredibly personal, like around this time I had just started a new job and sh*t was going on at home with my family and I was just like this is too much. So I jotted it down on the metra…I used to write my raps on the Metra back in college. Now Root of All Evil II is the second installment in the ROAE series…right now there is three. And I found the original of the beat…Glee’s version of Someone to Love by Queen and did some nice engineer work to make it more theatrical. Yeah, plus the lyrics are just wayyyy colder than the first one.
3 Voices: What is next for You-C? Are there any exclusives you can share?
You-C: Right now I’m finishing up Do You-C Me? and I’m looking to drop it March 14, 2015. After that I’ve got another EP and my 3rd mixtape in pre-production mode. The EP will be a collaboration tape with myself…as my producer name: Oliver Velcetric and it will be called “The Rapper N The Producer”. My 3rd mixtape will be called “Music, Money, and Masturbation”….YES, THAT IS THE TITLE!
Oh sh*t, I almost forgot. Me and the founder of Flawless Leauge, Ulysses aka Man Bites Dog are working on a mixtape together as a group called “Made In America”. The project is called “MIA: The Soundtrack for the Culture” and then the ShazKrew are putting together a mixtape called The BLKPRNT…wait for that. Be on the lookout for RocSmoov’s mixtape F.U.N., I got a feature on a joint called “Wayne On Em”, as well download DJ Ambo’s mixtape “No Lack Zone, Vol. 1” from DatPiff, I’m featured on that as well.
3 Voices: Tell the people how they can reach you. How can people find you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc?
You-C: Alright. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all the same – doyoucme3. Soundcloud is You-C. But since I know you’re lazy, let me give you links. P.S., if you wanna book me, features, branding, etc. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
One more thing before I go… YEAGER!!!
And there you have it! You heard it all from You-C himself! Be sure to follow him on all social media sites and be on the lookout for his upcoming mixtape “Do You-C Me”. Much success to you You-C and keep in touch!
Here’s You-C “D.R.E.”
Here’s You-C “Did Me Wrong”: