Memphis’ own YTB Fatt is the latest rapper to sign with Moneybagg Yo’s Bread Gang record label. We sat down with him to talk about what has inspired his career, his relationship with Moneybagg Yo, new projects, why he doesn’t want to work with rappers outside of his label, and more.
Umu Fofana: There’s a lot of hard rappers coming out and you’re one of the hottest in West Memphis right now. How does that make you feel?
YTB Fact: It makes me feel good, but it’s like a little more work to put in until I’m really comfortable. But I don’t want to get comfortable. I’m trying to feel good… I’m just grateful. I will be grateful.
breathing: What made you start rapping?
YTB Fact: They were really rapping in my hood. Half my hood was rapping and they really didn’t rap about everything. So I just took it upon myself to start rapping so I could just let everybody know what was really going on. However, they did let people know what was going on, but they didn’t want to let them know everything.
breathing: Who did you grow up with? Who would you say has inspired your career?
YTB Fact: Yo Gotti number one. Meek Mill, who else? There are just so many rappers out there, I don’t know where to start. Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, like many of those who were the highlight when they were in their prime.
breathing: How does it feel to be the new star on Moneybagg Yo’s BreadGang label?
YTB Fact: I really don’t feel like a star. I’m not going to lie, but I really feel like I was meant to be around. Like how they treat me, how we maintain our relationship, it feels like we all like family.
breathing: So it feels natural.
YTB Fact: Yeah, it’s like I’m just blending in.
breathing: What’s the story behind you meeting and then signing Moneybagg Yo?
YTB Fact: Um, I bet a lot with his little cousin? Mm-hmm. <утвърдително>, I bet with him. He doesn’t know I rapped, we just hung out and bet until they started playing my music at the craps games. Then he was like, “Who’s that?” And then I was like, “The person you’re betting with, that’s my music.” He said, “Okay.” Shout out to Fat Wizza. He started telling people about me and then the word just started to spread. I was already hot as Arkansas. When we got to Bagh, they just told me to get to Miami.
breathing: So how has your relationship with him been now that you’ve signed on?
YTB Fact: Big brother, little brother? We are talking about real life situations. Our relationship became really deep, like we were talking about real family issues, personal issues, like everyday life. I go to him for advice really every day.
breathing: You guys just released a new single together called ‘Shot Off Gumbo’. How was working on this record?
YTB Fact: Bag believed in me and I’m going strong. Working with him is the best because he understands me and knows my potential for greatness.
breathing: But what was the inspiration behind the record?
YTB Fact: The song is inspired by our lifestyle and partnership with Gumbo brands.
breathing: It’s a drug. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
YTB Fact: I’m wearing my whole hood—well, not my whole hood <смее се>, because my entire hood is really deep—but I wear like half my hood in Miami. My hood and my family got mixed up. I put them up in a big Airbnb, it was fun. It really was the best highlight. When I travel with the tag, I feel like I’m traveling with my family. To be fun.
breathing: Are you working on any more projects at the moment?
YTB Fact: Right now we’re putting out visuals, but I’ve got about three albums. I was working.
breathing: When do you plan to release your debut album?
YTB Fact: Probably like in the summer. But now I’m just going to stick to the visuals to get to album time.
breathing: Any big collaborations or performances coming up?
YTB Fact: Yes, I have good joints along the way. Me and Bag have some stuff. We cut it [Lil] Dirk.
breathing: How about your dream collaborations?
YTB Fact: I don’t really have anyone in mind that I want to work with. I just really love working with my label, everyone with the label. I swear that’s all.
What is your creative process?
what are your overall goals with your music career? Your long term goal shall we say?