[ BayUndaground.com ] :What's good Yoey! Tell our readers some basic information about yourself.
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : Well, first off I'm a fresh new artist into the local rap scene. I've only been rappin' about 3 years and some change and my music career has been moving along. I started making music to try to find a way out of all the troubles I was going thru, from enemies trying to kill me, to minor and major legal issues. I was always pretty good at music and knew what I wanted to hear so I started from there hooked up with some dope producers and artists and we've been active with the music since. I'm really blessed to have so many people following my music and fuckin with me. Each year and every project I continue to see the fans grow and more people buying and supporting what I put out.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :First and foremost I must ask you about your stage name, which - as far as I know - evolved with almost each of your releases. You've debuted as Yoey 209, then you added "The Fundraiser", while the last few albums have been released as "Yoey The Fundraiser". Tell us about the etymology of you nick name, what's the story behind it?
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : Well, I'm really all about the 209, because it's a large area code that doesn't have any rappers that are too popular in it. We haven't got our shine yet at all and that disappoints me. Also as a teen and young adult I was out in Sacramento a lot. Did some time out there in kiefer, the W.E.T center and other facilities out there, I really had to put on for the 209 because everyone out there loves Sacramento so much. You gotta learn the streets and hoods out there and it's a whole different game. My hood name has always been Yoey, they been calling me that since a teen cuz I stayed with the product so I added the 209 to my name but then realized that I could go further with a name with more of a catch to it so I dropped the 209 and called myself "the fundraiser" and it's been picking up since there.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :For those rap fans that haven't had a chance to get familiar with your discography I will try to summarize your achievements.
- "Welcome To Death Valley" 2012
- "Too Gudda For The Radio" with Rich Bizz 2012
- "Mind Of An Entrepreneur" 2013
- "Emotions Of A Hustler" 2013
- "Peace Never Last" 2014
- "Emotions Of A Hustler II" 2015
Is there anything else? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've only found your music available in a digital version. Have any of the above dropped in hard copies?
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : "Welcome To Death Valley" was a starter mixtape I did that in about 2 months when I started out in 2012; that same year I dropped me and my lil homie Rich Bizz's tape "Too Gudda For The Radio" 3 months after that. Those were just tapes put out for me to get good at my craft. The beginning of 2013 I dropped "Mind Of An Entrepreneur" and those 3 projects are the only cds, I have no hard copies too. By Summer I dropped my first project as Yoey The Fundraiser and I was in a more business state of mind marketing my projects. In 2014 I did a lot of music but only dropped "Peace Never Last" so a lot of that music is still in my iMac or various studios or I put it on "Emotions Of A Hustler II" that's officially coming out just right now. But my music is in a lot of local stores up here in the Valley and is getting sold pretty good so far.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :I was always wondering what's the actual difference between a budget needed for an album to be released digitally only and money needed for pressing, printing etc. Don't you think that investing money in pressing hard copies (even some limited only quantity) would build you (or any other artists) a bigger audience and fan base?
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : Yeah it's always good to have hard copies. The main reason is because being in stores is great promotion and some fans really do want hard copies but it is another almost 1000 dollars added to your budget to do that most of the time. If you don't have the money to do music you should really wait until you do. There are very few people who were lucky enough to blow up without putting some real money into their music. But I would say it definitely gets you out there more.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :Since "Emotions Of A Hustler" you started to collaborate with big figures like San Quinn, Hollow Tip, Mac Reese, Turf Talk, A-Wax and many others. Tell us what happened and how you hooked up with those artists.
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : Really either I met them in the streets and really fuck with them or I reached out to do music because I like their flow or I got patnas that know and they linked up. I've learned that most rappers are connected somehow out here. Out of all those artists you named San Quinn is the one I fuck with the most. He calls me almost weekly whether it's just to check up or if it's on some music shit. That's what I believe is being an all around real dude, but we chill quite often and we been in some situations. He lived close to me for the last year so me and him got a chance to get to know each other. He let me know there's always room for me at Done Deal and he a real genuine dude all around. I got a lot of homies that fuck wit A-wax and I always liked his music since a youngin, so I knew we was gonna link up. My patna Louie who shoots my videos also shot Wax's videos so I'm hoping the video will be coming soon. I really just started makin' my rounds and I have tons of music with some people's favorite artists that I haven't even dropped yet.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :"Peace Never Last" was entirely produced by Filthy Fill. What was it like working with a leading beat maker of Nasty North camp? Do you plan to collab with other Nasty North / Monster Grip artists?
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : I was in Sacramento one day back in like 2012 and my patna put some Mac Reese on and I was feeling it. I had to reach out and work with him and we ended up doing a lot of tracks together, almost enough for an album. Then I worked with Lil Toro next. I liked his flow as a Latin artist and me and him made a banger called "Its All Fam"; after that I realized they both got dope production from Filthy Fill and I was already in that genre of music myself to begin with. So I got about 20 beats off Filthy Fill to start out and made an EP. He is a super dope producer and real easy to work with. He don't make you wait for anything he's always ready and takes this music shit serious. That's what I liked about him in particular. He showed me love too and didn't treat me like I was just another music knock. His sound is a sound I really began to love after making a few tracks with the big homie. As for any other Nasty North artist I don't really have plans to work with them. I mainly just fuck with Filthy Fill and I'm sure that will continue. Me and Lil Toro have talked about doing a collaboration album as well. I think I could bring some hot music out of him and my in-house producers will give him what he needs and he'll get to work with artist he hasn't worked with yet.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :You've recently released your latest project - the second part of "Emotions Of A Hustler". Tell us something more about it.
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : My personal opinion is that it's the hottest mixtape I've dropped. I love it. I got way more lyrical on this one and I continue to progress on every project. I'll be havin' a few more music videos dropping off this one I just haven't got around to shooting them but I'm planning for July. I have one video out now for it called "Verbal Corruption". I really advise people especially if you really about that life to go get that. Give me a chance you'll become hooked on my music.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :Coming back to your joint work with San Quinn - I've heard you're planning to bring a duo album with him; shed some light on this one too.
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : Like I said earlier Quinn the big homie and he was working in the studio I be at on his "For The City" album that is still in that studio and hasn't been released yet. He was living close, so we linked up and we've done about 20 songs so far and the album is called "Slow Feet Don't Eat", it should be dropping soon but we might make it 2 parts. It really brings Quinn out and I chose good production from C-Loz, Sirealz and it's mainly produced by my boy Serg who be making a lot of my beats in general.
[ BayUndaground.com ] :Stockton is a huge, underground turf for rappers. Are there any diamonds in the rough that you'd point out? Who's gonna blow up in the nearby future?
[ Yoey The Fundraiser ] : Honestly I think that Stockton needs more rappers and way more unity; everybody in Stockton and the 209 period is slept on or they just don't have enough music or good quality music. There's a couple cats doing good out here but I'm tryna be the one out here that really puts the twomp nine on the map. One thing I can say is there's a lot of fans and music supporters out of Stockton. When I hit the mall I almost always see somebody who wants to take a picture or get a cd out there I fuck with the people for that. Stockton is a place most poor people choose to live because the cost of houses are so cheap. Me myself, I moved out many years ago but I'm out there often enough. I know tons of people out there and fuck with certain hoods. You can't just expect everyone to fuck with you in Stockton. They'll see you took a pic with a female or got some people they ain't feeling in your video and you can get hit at any moment. So if you plan to be a rapper from out this section and if you plan on getting a big name you gotta be ready for anything that comes along with it. There will always be somebody hating on you. Or someone whose day ain't going good and they don't care if they live or die so they try to take it out on you. Stockton has one of the highest crime rates in the country. I like it out there but it's no place to raise the kids. At least I want better for mines. I currently live in between Sacramento and Stockton about 20 mins from each and I've been living out here for sometime now; and it's easy to dip in and out of either places.