Young Mel may have a star studded family tree, but this rapper stands on his own two feet. Jay-Z – yes…..the Jay-Z – is Young Mel’s uncle/father figure/support/mentor and everything else in between, but no, Young Mel is not using Hov as a shortcut for his journey to stardom.
This Brooklyn born, suburban New Jersey bred youngster is looking to make serious noise in the game and is not afraid to tell you exactly what he wants for his future. He isn’t a man of many words, but the words he does share, are indeed potent. Following this interview, Young Mel said, “I’m gonna let my actions speak for me.” With a confidence level that seems to be genetic, Young Mel is out to prove to everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with.
You started writing poetry before you started rapping. Do you still consider yourself a poet?
Yeah, kinda. I’m a poet over a melody now.
Why do you rap?
I just love rap. I first fell in love with it when I saw the “Ain’t No N*gga” video. I was eight then. It was shocking to see my uncle shine for the first time. I knew it that it was what I wanted to do. I was shy until I was about 16 and I started letting people know then [that I wanted to do music].
What is your favorite music?
Hip-hop, of course. I really love that [Katy Perry] song, “I Kissed a Girl.” I do like some pop and some rock – like Linkin Park and Maroon 5. I would like the chance to work with Adam Levine in the future.
If you weren’t a rapper, you’d be…?
Uhhhhhhh. I’d probably be in college studying engineering, but definitely geared towards music.
Read more about Jay Z’s nephew here.