Interview: TK N Cash Talk Making Hits, Working With Young Thug & Juicy J And Their Principles

In case you haven’t noticed, the summer of 2015 has faded to black, and the frigid days of winter are only a few weeks away. Now, just because the days of mini-skirts and tank tops are ghost, that doesn’t mean that turn-up records disappear, too.

Here’s where TK-N-Cash come in. The Augusta, Ga, duo comprised of 21-year-old Tevin Thompson (TK) and 20-year-old Derrin Towsend (Cash), may have a hit on their hands with their radio banger, “Mind Right,” an ode to staying focused on the mula as opposed to chasing women.

Mentored by legends such as Ludacris, and now 300 Ent’s top gunner, Lyor Cohen, the frolic, yet focused young bucks have put in years of grinding which earned them the respect of their musical peers such as Kevin Gates, Juicy J, Meek Mill and Trey Songz, among others. Now, TK N Cash are zeroed in on cranking out material for their not yet titled debut album, which will feature Young Thug, August Alsina, and Ty Dolla $ign.

Recently, VIBE strolled over to 300 Ent’s office to catch up with the budding superstars. During our sit-down Cash and TK gave us to scoop on  their come-up, future plans, and guiding principles, and much more.

VIBE: For those that don’t know, briefly explain how you guys got your start in music?
TK: I’m an army brat. Well, I’m originally from Augusta, Georgia. I moved around a lot. But, the last place that my pop’s was stationed in, my next-door neighbor had a studio. And I’d always hear music blasting, going crazy. Back then, home studios were rare. But I seen him walking out the house one day and I asked him, ‘Yo, what do you do?’ He told me that he rapped, and be in the studio recording. At the time, my brother rapped. So, I just snuck over there.

Hold up. When you say snuck, do you mean you broke into the crib?
TK: Nah, I went over there without my brother. I went over there by myself and recorded my own song. And dude was like,’Man, you sound better than your brother.’ And since that day, it’s been my passion ever since. So, I came back home to Augusta, and my dad got sent overseas to Kuwait. Before he came back, he told me that when he get back we’re going do it for real. As soon as he got back we started going crazy, building our campaign. I was thirteen then.

Cash: Mine is simple. My brother got locked up. He was doing “Gold Jingle” commercials. And one day he called me from jail and told me that he needed me to do a commercial with him when I was just 14. {eople told me that I sounded good, and I should write a rap song. I came back to the studio the next week to dp the song. They were like, ‘You sound good.’ He had a label then called Dollars Make Sense. And everybody had money so I started calling myself Cash.

So, how did you two hook up then?
TK: My father and his brother put us in the same studio. But we always knew each other.

Cash: We were the only two in our hometown that were really taking music seriously. I had rap vans, and posters everywhere and everything. For that size of a town and what we were doing, it wasn’t seen before. I was the only one doing it, and he was too.

 Y’all are young and are now getting major attention. How are you guys handling all that?
TK: We still new, so it’s going to take time. But, we stay prayed up and go. Prayer is the key. Just be focused at all times and keeping the right people in your corner.
Cash: For me, I’d say time. Organizing your time. There’s no structure to this. It’s so spur of the moment that you can’t really put it in a real schedule.
TK: And being with family. I got a daughter, so it’s hard trying to spend time with her.

How old is your daughter?
TK: She’ll be four in January.

Does she know that you’re a little more famous than most?
TK: Yeah, she knows all of my songs. She sings my songs, and all that.

What’s been the hardest lesson thus far?
Cash: You can’t depend on nobody. No matter what the contract or what’s on paper, it’s all about acting. Period. That’s facts.

A lot of pressure?
TK: A lot of pressure.
Cash: It’s definitely pressure. Especially after “Mind Right.” But not because we didn’t have music, but because people don’t know what it’s like behind the scenes. It’s a process.

You guys are young, so what do you remember about hip-hop back in the day?
Cash: I feel like a lot of realness is missing. I remember like in the early 2000’s you’ll hear a song and you’ll feel it. You’d be like: ‘Oh damn.’ Everything was big, everything was real life but now you can say whatever on a track, and it’s going to go. As long as you got a catchy beat, a catchy hook, it’ll go.

Is that one of the things that you guys are focusing on?
TK: Honestly, I don’t even care about nothing nobody else got going on. Just to keep it 1000, I just want to make music and whatever we bring, we bring. It is what it is.

The public has a perception about Young Thug, but what’s it like working with him?
TK: He’s real smart. He can have real intelligent conversation with you, especially on music. He’s very musically inclined. It kind of tripped me out.

What exactly tripped you out?
TK: He’s on the same shit I’m on. It’s rare that you can have a real music conversation with someone. He’s like a producer. He came in knowing exactly what he wanted to do. That was pretty dope.

Other than music, what are you guys interested in?
Cash: I like business. I graduated from college in business. So I do want to own a couple businesses, clothing stores, etc.

What college did you graduate from?
Cash: University of Phoenix in 2013.

TK: I’m all about music, me. I got writing credits with Trey Songz, Meek Mill, Juicy J, helping with hooks.

Yeah, so you’ve worked with Meek Mill and other artists. So what’s your take on songwriting?
TK: If you in the studio with me and we vibe and you got something to contribute to the song to make it a better song, I’m not proud, I’m trying to make the best song we can make. I don’t care about none of that. Songwriting, that’s together, but now writing whole verses that’s something else.
Cash: I don’t feel like that. Because when you hear a song that you like you think that’s them. You fall in love with them because you think that’s them, you know what I’m saying.  What if somebody likes “Mind Right” and then they find out that it was all false? They’ll be like: “You Fugazie, you can’t even talk to me no more. I don’t feel like you came from a sincere place.’ That’s how I feel about the whole situation.

What do you guys stand on as young black men? 
Cash: Just being real with ourselves. And whatever you got going on or passionate about just do it.
TK: Respect, love, family, staying positive. Just ambition, you know what I mean?