Young Breed Talks MMG, Rick Ross, Seven Tre Chevrolet, and "Workin' Smarter, Not Harder"
Old-school Chevrolets and Miami hip-hop go together as much as the driver and the gold teeth brightening up their smile.
Boxes, donks, and bubbles have become a staple of the 305's rap scene, whether it's seeing one gliding on 24-inch rims or hearing about them in a song. Remember "Chevy Ridin' High" a few years back?
Well, Maybach Music member Young Breed has got that same admiration for classic cars, naming his latest mixtape, Seven Tre Chevrolet. (The project features Washington DC's Fat Trel, as well as Iceberg, K Kutta, Styles P, and, of course, MMG boss Rick Ross.)
Just the other day, the 25-year-old Carol City rapper hung out with Crossfade at Spanglish Studios in Miami. We spoke about the significance of Seven Tre Chevrolet, what separates him from Miami rappers, golds, using the Internet as a resource, and more.
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Crossfade: What's the significance of Seven Tre Chevrolet to you?
Young Breed: I own a seven tre Chevrolet. The significance to me is coming from Dade County, the city I'm from, we restore old-school cars. So for me to have a '73 Chevrolet that's almost like the mascot of Dade County, it means a lot to me. That's almost like the ideal model of what people get when first get a Chevy or something to restore. Those are the years of donks, which are from '71 to '75. And that was why I picked that to be the name of my mixtape, my new street album, Seven Tre Chevrolet.
You'd never ride in a bubble?
A bubble? Actually I have rode in a bubble before. The Caprices. The '98s, the '90s model. Yeah, we don' rode in them. My peoples, we had a clique of Chevys and stuff and we have different models of them.
What's the greatest advantage of being a part of Maybach Music?
I think the greatest advantage is just being able to be a part of it, man, being that it's a major independent label, especially with my CEO being from here. His hometown being Miami, Dade County, where I'm from. I think it got a few advantages. Just knowing that you're under a CEO, an artist that's actually a CEO of the company, and he's grinding, putting in the ground work, and being proven that he's going to continue working.
A lot of Miami rappers talk about dope, the trap, or even seven tres, boxes, bubbles, and everything. But what separates you from others who say they bring that "real" life?
I think the main thing that separates me is my music. You can do that by listening. If you listen to my music, you'll hear a trap record, you'll hear a dope boy record. But then you'll hear records such as "Give Her What She Wants," featuring Omarion. And you know, I've had several records with Reese from 3 Piece, where I cater to the ladies. I think it's just the way I deal with the different genres of music is what separates me. I'm always inclined to doing music with different type of music.
Right now, we're in Spanglish Studios. I deal with Latin artists and stuff like that. I think my versatility just sets me apart form everybody else.
Speaking of versatility, there are guys on Seven Tre Chevrolet that you would expect, such as Rick Ross, Fat Trel, and Boosie. But the one that sticks out is the track you have with Styles P.
"I'm Bout Whatever." That's the big homie. Just us having a mutual partner that we both consider family, the big homie Demi. We just lined it up. And I've already rubbed elbows with the big homie with my CEO doing a lot of music with him. Us being on the road and he seeing me grinding and stuff, he ain't have a problem. It was done. I emailed him that record and he sent it right back the next day. Just for a dude of his caliber, with his track record, for him to do that that meant a lot to me. And it just shows you that I am, just like you say, I'm open to doing versatile records. People didn't expect to see a Styles P feature on a Southern dude from Miami, Dade County's album. That's a big thing and I definitely pride myself on doing stuff like that.
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