Casey Veggies: Our Interview With the 19-Year-Old Phenom
The 19-year-old rapper Casey Veggies is a founding member of Odd Future, he built a considerable buzz with his 2010 release Sleeping In Class.
He put off college in favor of a three-month nationwide tour with Mac Miller, and went on to ink a management deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation soon after. His new mixtape is called Life Changes, and we spoke with the Inglewood native at NoHo's Pacifique Studios about music, merch, the machine and more.
Why release Life Changes as a mixtape instead of making it your debut album?
It is an album but I'm releasing it as a mixtape. I had to take a step back and think about what's actually important to me with this. I just felt like me earning my respect and showing my fans and new people that I'm here to embody good music. I just wanted to show people I'm an artist and I do it for the craft.
On the track off your previous project Customized Greatly Vol. 3 called "Nobody" Jhene Aiko sings, 'Life changes...things don't stay the same.' Did you build your new release around this sound?
Yeah I think there was definitely a connection. The vibe that I had on that song and just listening back to it inspired the concept for this release. That's really what I wanted to give people, musically. It touches the soul. And so the way it all came about was around that song.
Is this one more mellow than your other releases?
It's more vibed out. I wouldn't say mellow but the concept of the album is very soulful. That's the vibe I wanted to give. I think you can hear the change in the music. It's just the natural growth. I felt like every line was something I could really tell my Mom, like I mean this. It's something Grandma, rest in peace, is something she'd really appreciate it. She'd be like, 'Boy you got something.' The music is something to make them proud.
You mention your Mom. How instrumental has she been in your career decisions thus far?
She has supported me 100%. But I think definitely, on my behalf, I proved myself day in and day out to let her know that this is something I really want to do. Plus I had stuff coming up. The homey Mac Miller brought me out on his tour a few months after I graduated high school. So she saw I had a foundation, respected that and let me do my thing.