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Coming straight out of Tidewater, Virginia, Young Money Yawn is helping carry on the legacy that the Clipse built. A Re-Up Gang affiliate, but an MC all of his own, the young spitta represents for the hood. Straight up. There’s nothing to sugar coat here, Yawn is from the same circle of hustlers that Pusha and Malice rapped about since Lord Willin’. After creating a buzz in V.A. all on his lonesome, Yawn has finally found the right moment to unleash his first collaboration with the big homie. Stay tuned!

MissInfo.TV: Tell us about your long standing relationship with Pusha T. Clipse fans will know that you been in their videos since the beginning.
Yawn: My relationship with Pusha goes back over 13 years ago. We met when I was still in middle school. Honestly, we had a real friendship before rap. A lot of our mutual friends were locked up and because of that we bonded. I remember one time he left his passport in Miami when he was on the way Paris to work with Kanye and Ross. He called me over everybody else to fly all they way out there just to give him his passport. That’s the type of relationship we have. The reason why you always seen me in the videos is because I was asked to be. He just wanted me to be apart of his movement on screen and off.

Read the full interview below…

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You really made a splash last year with your hood banger, “Gutta Gutta.” What did that record do for you?
Yawn: It just gave me a platform to be more of a well rounded person. Before that record I was already well known but not for music. It solidified me as a rapper to my community.

Where was the craziest response to the song? I know it was poppin all over V.A. but what other hood embraced it really crazy?
I’m from the Tidewater area, so those people see me everyday day. That’s where it got the craziest response, at home. When I went to DC, the record was embraced in a whole different way. I knew I was on to something.

How did you feel about getting name dropped on the last song on Pusha’s album?
That’s goes back to the last question. Look at the “SNITCH” record. That’s a real record and I was in the mix when the regime fell. Though I was younger and in college, I was around during that time. I’ll just say it captured that truth.

Tell us about your long standing relationship with Pusha T. Clipse fans will know that you been in their videos since the beginning.
My relationship with Pusha goes back over 13 years ago. We met when I was still in middle school. Honestly, we had a real friendship before rap. A lot of our mutual friends were locked up and because of that we bonded. I remember one time he left his passport in Miami when he was on the way Paris to work with Kanye and Ross. He called me over everybody else to fly all they way out there just to give him his passport. That’s the type of relationship we have. The reason why you always seen me in the videos is because I was asked to be. He just wanted me to be apart of his movement on screen and off.

How come you guys never did music before this? I was waiting for Pusha to slay that “Gutta Gutta” remix.
That’s how a lot of friendships become sour. Pusha been doing this for a long time. I was there when “Grinding” was made. I was living the life that they were rapping but never thought to rap myself. I would never ask P to jump on a record, not until I’ve made a name for myself. Now, that “Gutta Gutta” has gotten the respect in the streets as my area’s new anthem, who knows what the future may hold.

On the low, DJ Punisha has been telling me about you for like 12 months. When did rap as a profession become a reality for you?
When I started making money. If your not getting paid your not a professional. Period.

Not to dig too much into your personal life, but why do I know a handful of chicks that say you were a real “college and street dude” at the same damn time?
Because I was. My parents are from the same projects I’m from. I got to experience both sides of the grass. My pops was an educated business owner, while my mom’s side of the family was more into street entrepreneurship. I wanted more out of life than just to be hood rich. I was locked up during my senior year and still managed to graduate on time. I got my degree for personal gratification and networking purposes, nothing more and nothing less. So now that I rap I have contacts all across the country that can help me spread my movement.

Who do you plan on working with this year?
Me and DJ Drama been talking about doing a Gangsta Grillz. I would love to work with Meek. We have a lot of similarities. We both believe in putting ourselves in a good position to take care of our teams and allow them to do the same. Lil Bibby, Juicy J and Jacob Kasher on my list as well. I really like what’s going on over at Kemosabe Records.

Word on the street is that a big-time producer has been flying you out to L.A. Any truth to that?
Definitely. Dr. Luke has been giving me a lot of attention lately. I’m just humbled that the same producer and creative mind that is responsible for hits by the likes of Katy Perry, Kesha and Miley Cyrus is taking time out of his busy schedule to help me out. I mean the man is responsible for 30 #1 hits in the past 6 years. I’m just a kid from a small city that has been rapping for just under a year. It’s a blessing.

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