Los Angeles-born singer and rapper Young Scrap is winning listeners over with his own blend of Hip Hop and R&B, affectionately self-described as “Trill And B.” His latest project of the same name draws from those familiar influences, and presents a luxe collection of 18 tracks fit for chillin’ and partying alike.
Chiseling the project down from over 300 songs, Trill And B is a strong introduction to who he is as a performer, with DJ Mustard, Lil Wayne, Jahlil Beats, and Yo Gotti giving him an early co-sign.
Standout tracks include “Trill Vibes,” “Sounds,” “Pyrex,” and “IDGAF,” all encompassing a sound that is equally smooth and rough around the edges. Trill And B showcases how far the artist has come since his 2007 debut. Tracks like “So…Real” and “Options” present a maturity that shines through and reveals Scrap is interested in something more than putting together party anthems (although we’re not mad at those either).
The Source: How long have you been doing what you do? How did you get started?
Young Scrap: I’ve been doing music since about the age of 12. I got started by always being around entertainment. My uncle had a R&B group called Ideal. I always observed him and my dad making plans for them and making them come true.
Is there an early memory you’d like to share about getting into your craft, such as when you realized this was more than just a hobby or a passion?
When I dropped my song “Watch Me Work,” the feedback was crazy! It was like, ‘We love what you’re doing and we want more.’ That was one of my first full R&B songs I released, so it just felt so surreal to see the people gravitate towards me in that way. It made me feel like, ‘Okay, you can do this.’
How do you describe your sound? What do you tell people who haven’t heard you before?
I like to call my sound “Trill And B.” That’s pretty much my middle ground for both of my talents. My “Trill” monger comes from the Houston vibe I have embodied and given my own R&B twist.
Who are your influences?
My influences are everywhere! But would have to say UGK, Bun B, DMX, Jin The Emcee, Luther Vandross, Genuine, T-Pain (his writing skills are amazing), and Drake.
What do you hope people take away from listening to your music?
I hope they walk away remembering me, talking about me, singing my music. That’s all I ever want.
Tell us a little bit about what concepts or themes that reoccur in your new project?
At the time of this project, I actually had two girlfriends living with me, so the artwork, the music, the content, all the way down to the “Trill Daddy” tag on the songs all describe that time during my life. Imagine Taz and his Angels on wax! [Laughs]
What was your creative process like for this project?
This was the hardest recording process ever. I created this whole album using Twitter, from the features to the production, which was just crazy from the beginning. I found some really dope artists and producers because of it—Carlon, Rico, Jayare, Jaida and LA Envy. After we found the production and talent, I recorded over 300 songs with my engineer Joey Magic over a year and a half. The songs picked really just reflect the idea I had for the album extremely well. I honestly couldn’t be happier with the way this Trill And B project came about. Every song is a memory.
What are you hoping to accomplish next in your career?
Next for me? A hit record. Sold out shows. Writing placements for your favorite artist and whatever else presents itself to me. I’ll take it, as long as the opportunity is right.