South Carolina Vs. The World!
“Icey, I’m so sick of you!” Yung Icey is one of those creatives that you just can’t ignore. Whether it be for his infectious video game sounding melodies mixed with his own sauce, or the work that he does in artist development, Yung Icey is a name that has been around for a while and will be around for a lot longer. The creative from South Carolina is more than just a producer. He’s built himself a platform that’s helped develop a lot of your favorite rappers such as Yung Bans, NGeeYL, Slime Dollaz, and D Savage. Yung Icey is just getting started on his music journey, but he’s already established himself as being one of the most important creatives of the new age both as a producer and artist developer. I recently hopped on a call with Yung Icey to discuss his origins, his production, musical inspirations, Yung Icey type beats, what he does for fun, the connection to NGeeYL, his goals, and his message to the youth. Check it out below!
Chandy: Give us an inside look into you! Name, age, where you’re from, and who you are/what you do!
Yung Icey: I’m Yung Icey, and I’m 23 years old from South Carolina. I’m a producer, and I do artist development. I’ve helped develop Yung Bans, NGeeYL, Slime Dollaz, Ron$oCold, and so many more. Just because I didn’t manage them doesn’t mean I didn’t help advance them through my production and platform.
Chandy: Where’d the name “Yung Icey” come from?
Yung Icey: You know that song Gucci Mane song “So Icy” prod. Zaytoven? Zaytoven is one of my favorite producers, and Gucci Mane is one of my favorite artists. “So Icy” was a song I played a lot, and I used to call myself “Icey.” It caught on in High School, and others would call me that as a nickname. When I started making beats, I didn’t just want to be “Icey,” so I added the “Yung” to make it sound fuller.
Chandy: Your beats are hella unique. You can’t pinpoint a beat and go that’s “Yung Icey’s style,” you know? You can make any style, and your beats tend to switch it up a lot. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Yung Icey: I don’t like to put myself in a box. Some producers like being able to make just one type of beat and attaching their name to it. Besides my tag being on the beat, I never want people to just be able to hit play and recognize it’s me on the beat. My inspiration comes from being bored of doing the same shit. I try to switch it up. I listen to all types of music, not just rap. It helps inspires me to make my shit sound different.
Chandy: Besides rap, what’s your favorite music to listen to?
Yung Icey: Old school rap music, Jazz, Soul, R&B beats, Rock music. Hell, even classical music. I’ll tell Alexa to play, Beethoven, in the house. Growing up, I would listen o Green Day, Slipknot, just different shit out of curiosity. I feel a lot of people be so stuck listening to one genre of music; it restricts how much inspiration you can pull or broadening your palette. It helps with sampling and stuff like that. I just love music and being curious about it. It’s opened me up to so much. A lot of my big songs/records have mainly been sampled records from other genres of music that inspired me. I’m not afraid to be open. Producers back in the day would actually go to a store and buy records, chop it up to sample and make it their own. That shit inspires me as well. I’m not knocking anyone, but a lot of music is cut and dry today. I love the creative process of it and developing my ear from the different music I listen to. I hear it in my head beforehand before I even chop up the record I’m going to sample.
Chandy: Playing older beats, the melodies sound a lot like they were inspired by video games. Did you play a lot of video games growing up? If so, what were your favorite video games?
Yung Icey: I did play a lot of games growing up. Growing up, I had an Xbox, but now I’m on the PS4 wave. I played COD and role-play games like GTA. I used to play a whole bunch of games on my computer as well. Role-playing games are my favorite; they have the most detail. Especially the music and the storyline. The soundtracks are so different. I would sample video game music and mix that with my own style.
Chandy: How do you feel about other producers trying to make “Yung Icey type beats” and putting them on YouTube? Do you take it as a compliment?
Yung Icey: I take that as a compliment. I don’t get mad. It means people are tuned in. A lot of these kids who make type beats on YouTube probably just started making beats, and the fact that I’m inspiring them is cool as hell. It means I’m doing something right. As long as you go hard, I’ll work with you. I don’t care about the following or small details.
Chandy: What’re your goals with music? Have they changed since starting?
Yung Icey: My goals have changed a lot since starting since I accomplished the ones I set in the beginning. As I grow as an artist, my goals change. One goal right now for me is to get a plaque. Everyone says I’ve made it, but I don’t feel that yet. I’ve built a big platform, and that’s gonna help me to the next stage. My goal is always to make good music first. I’ve accomplished a lot, but I still don’t feel I’ve done shit yet. I’m trying to do big on big shit.
Chandy: Besides making beats and music, what else are you into? What do you do for fun?
Yung Icey: I don’t just cook beats; I cook as well. I love sending time with the family and doing outdoor shit like fishing. I’ve been playing a lot of disc golf lately. I’ve also been doing a lot of traveling for pleasure.
Chandy: How’d your recent collab with Lucki on “Faith” come about?
Yung Icey: I always used to be a fan of his music. I linked with his manager Will first in NY who’s a good friend of mine now. We met 2 years ago in Harlem. One of the times I was NY, Lucki was there for a show, and we linked afterward. Lucki is really picky with his beats. If he doesn’t like it, he won’t rap on it no matter how big the producer is. I made the “Faith” beat one day, and sent it to his manager Will and Lucki rapped on it and sent it back to me the next day. I specifically made that beat for Lucki to be honest. It took multiple different beats for me to land Lucki on that song with how picky he is. Lucki’s song, “Faith,” was a record I sampled actually. The sample was actually from a different country. I got secret places where I find samples. I got an ear for this from all the different music I listen to. I bet people didn’t even know the song had a sample. Lucki is my bro now. Our friendship helps the music process be organic now.
Chandy: How’d you connect with NGeeYL and end up managing him?
Yung Icey: I really just tapped in with what’s happening in South Carolina since I’m from here. One of my homies put me onto his music. I did my research and got into him. We connected, and we knew we could help each other and wasted no time.
Chandy: What’s some advice you have for up-and-coming producers who doubt themselves?
Yung Icey: Just keep at it, bro. You won’t know your full potential if you quit. You can stop and get discouraged before your big break. For all you know, your big break could happen the day after you quit. Be true to yourself, but try to be different at the same time and learn new things. Try to outdo yourself. Competition doesn’t matter. Lock in with those around you and the people who believe in you. Build with them. Don’t worry about big placements. All that will come eventually. Everything’s about perspective. Just work on yourself.
Chandy: What’s something you want your fans to know about you to know that they can’t get from your music?
Yung Icey: I’m very humble and down to earth. I’m a human being just like you. Just because I make music, people think that I’m just an imaginary figure that isn’t real. They just hear the music and see the lifestyle. At one point, I was a regular person. They don’t see the work and the sacrifice. I go through real-life shit like everyone else. I feel that gets overlooked. It’s like the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.”
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