Yung Berg Speaks On His Jim Jones Cosign, Lil Kim Face Jobs & Auto-Tune (Pg. 2)

Are there any other big projects you’ve been working on?

Well, Jim Jones was one of those real dudes that came to me and said he seen and understood what I been through. He knew I wasn’t a street guy and was cool with that. Jim is a like a big brother and offered to step in and vouch for me in certain situations. He knew I needed a few key people in my corner, so we just became cool and came together for a few projects. Jim and Dipset are like legends to me, so I was actually a little overwhelmed at first, but this is just another way for me to grow.

Does that mean you’re signed to Byrd Gang or Dipset?

Even when I was signed to Epic Records, it was under my own imprint. But actually Jim Jones executive produced my next album, and I produced his next single called “I’m About My Business.” I also hopped another record from that project.

How did you get Lil B and Too Short on a record?

I reached out to Lil B before he really blew up because I always respected his hustle. He’s dropping so much content online and building up a fanbase all by himself. And he actually already had the song with Too Short on there, so I knew we had to make it happen for the ladies. Plus it was an honor to get anything with Too Short.

I noticed you threw a little jab at Lil Kim on that sing. Were you going at her?

Nah, it’s not that. I don’t censor none of my lyrics—it’s all about how I’m feeling at the moment. I said “Lil Kim Pimpin’/ I might pay you for a face job/ All Black everything don’t make me pull the race card,” but I thought that was just a clever little line. It was what was on my mind at that moment, but I love Lil Kim. She might pay me for a facejob [laughs]

You haven’t dropped the Auto-Tune element of your music. Do you feel like the trend is dying out?

I still love Auto-Tune—it really changed my life. With it, I can create the melodies that I want and improve my music because I know I’m not the best singer in the world. Me and melody go hand in hand. Yall know “Sexy Can I” did four million for me.

A lot of people may not also know that you produce most of your own records and for a number of big artists as you said before.

I’ve co-produced every record I did in my life, and I know what works for me. It’s not about just doing what’s hot at the moment. I know what my lane is—look I’m strictly here to make music for your girlfriend and the guys that needs this music to inspire the mood for his woman. I love all my female fans and appreciate that they are my core fanbase.

Why do you think the media is constantly throwing dirt on your name?

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