Ca$h: In It To Win It
By: Todd Davis
As the latest act to emerge from the 'House that T-Pain Built,' Nappy Boy Entertainment, Young Ca$h is out to show and prove that his mentor/boss isn't the only one who came to bring the, pardon the pun, Pain!
Although he's currently holed up in the lab, hard at work on his anticipated, still untitled solo debut, in the meantime peep Young Ca$h's undeniable 'star power' on two of the hottest records of the summer; "All I Do Is Win (G-Mix)," spitting alongside the self-proclaimed Teddy Penderazdoun, Bun B, Gudda Gudda, Yo Gotti, Tity Boi, Iceberg & Field Mob, as well as Travie McCoy's, "The Manual" -- Nappy Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooy!
When did you first fall in love with Hip-Hop?
It all began with my parents, they were both gospel singers. So, music has always been in me. I didn't really entertain it till about junior high when my homeboy wanted me to join a chorus class with him. I didn't even know I could sing till then. Then in high school, my brother was really into the rap thing, and I looked up to my brother, so I just followed his dreams to get into the rap game. So, we started a group called the 904 CLICK.
Where exactly do you hail from?
I'm from the westside of Jacksonville, Florida, and grew up between Duval County and Clay County. That's why I say, "DUUUVAL!" a lot, because it's a saying we say to represent where we're from.
Oh, okay. So, whose music did you actually grow up on?
I used to like a lot of
up north music, like; Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, and a lot of others until the
south came in with that major movement! The older southern cats I liked a
lot, like; Geto Boys, 8Ball & MJG, and, of course, my favorite group of
all time, Outkast. Outkast, and the whole Dungeon Family, influenced me musically,
but what really got me motivated to get in the business was the independent
movement that Master P and Cash Money, and all the artists in Texas, that
were making moves without a major record label.
I used to come to Tallahassee,
Florida, a lot to promote music, and one day at the radio station the deejay
played me a song called "I'm Sprung." It wasn't big at the time,
but I knew it was going to be a huge song. Then they told me the person who
did the track and the song was one of the guys from a popular Florida group
called the Nappy Headz. So, I asked the deejay how much did this dude charge
for beats, and he told me fifty dollars and called the dude to come meet me
at the radio station so I could buy beats. The guy was T-Pain! So, we met,
and I followed him back to his house in my Hummer where he had a lil studio
set up in his room. Then, I asked how much for tracks and he said, "From
$100 (to) $500 dollars." Then I told him how the deejay told me he was
selling them for fifty, and he told me that people have been hating on him
and try to lowball him to potential clients. Me coming from a place where
hate is at an all time high, and understanding his pain, gave him $1,000 a
track for 2 or 3 tracks. Then I told him to come back to my city and I would
work out another deal for 10 tracks, and we did. After that, he would come
to Jacksonville and stay at my crib when he was in town, and we became close
friends. Eventually, my music took notice to Universal Records, and I was
flying to L.A. to sign a deal and I told them about T-Pain and his song. So,
they agreed to fly him out, too. I signed my deal, and Pain didn't 'cause
they only wanted to give him a single deal because they didn't know his talents
at the time. Months later, he signed with Akon and the "(I'm) Sprung"
song blew up, as well as his career, while SRC/Universal we're dragging their
feet with me. Pain then told me a couple years later that he wanted me on
his label and bought me out of my deal at Universal, and signed me to his
label, Nappy Boy.
My music "vibe"
is a big melting pot of all types of music. I started off my career with "gangsta"
rap music, because that's what my life was. Basically just doing reality music,
but as I started to grow as an artist and started expanding my musical talents
and singing more, I started mixing my music with rock, alternative, pop, and
"gangsta" music. So, there really isn't a name for the type of music
I think I'm gonna name my first album Contradictions. I just feel like that's what life is all about. Sometimes you feel one way, and sometimes you feel differently. That may change though, that's just how I'm feeling right now.
Who all did you enlist in regards
to the album's production?
Keeping God first.
Besides music, is there anything
else that you'd like to get involved in or with?
What are your future long-term goals in life?
Simply to win!
As for now though, your debut
solo album is due out when? What will the "official" lead single
and/or video be? And, are there any plans to tour behind it?