Casey Veggies has organically been in the hip-hop game since a younging. With his voice and sound, he has been in the game by signing with Hov at a young age and exploring his opportunity to create his story to the world. Ever since he had left the label, he felt that it had stopped him to create an authentic sound and the message it brought to his fans. We have caught up with the California native and discussed about why he split from the label, the five tracks that he tribute to the late great Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller and more below.
RESPECT.: How did you get that name? Define Casey Veggies.
When I was 13 years old, Veggies came from my company, Peas and Carrots International. Casey is my real name and Veggies embodied the company. Veggies are also good for you, and I just wanted everything I put out to be good for my fans.
RESPECT.: Define the authentic LA / Cali sound.
We have our own rhythm and groove that sits at a certain tempo. That two step music that has a certain bounce to it.
RESPECT.: With your project called ‘Organic,’ what will be different from the last?
It’s a statement project. It took a few years for me to work on new music. So, I had a lot to say. I stand up for what I know and believe in. I take pride in my art and all I know is how to be myself. I give you that raw.
RESPECT.: There are some tracks that tributes to the late great Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller, tell us about that and how you emotionally went through it and the process.
After losing them both, I had my energy taken away, but I knew they would want me to follow through and finish my album. They both were my close friends and I had dope relationships with them so it definitely hit hard.
RESPECT.: Why the name Organic?
It’s my favorite word. I use the term on how to go about things. The best relationships and music happens organically. It gives you the most raw feelings and emotions. This album really came together organically too. Nothing about it felt forced.
RESPECT.: With you not being with the label anymore, did it push you back to not make the music you don’t want to make? What were some advice that you had before getting into the game?
I wanted a certain integrity when it came to my creative process. I stopped worrying about the outside pressure and focused on me and my element. I went back to making music that felt good to me. Before getting heavy into the game, I used to play basketball. I drifted from that lane completely when I was 18. Shortly after, I met Hov and was signed to Epic Records and Roc Nation by the time I was 19. I was just a young kid following my dreams growing up in Inglewood.
RESPECT.: With fifteen songs on the project, what message or sound did you want to bring?
It shows you the growth and where I am at this present day. I wanted to give the people my honest message after the whole label situation and five years of touring. Just let them know where I’m at in my life and how I feel about certain things. My fans expect a lot from me so I had to come correct.
RESPECT.: What can you say is that one memory you had with either Mac or Nipsey before they passed?
They both have good energy the hard work ethic. They gave me a lot of inspiration. I got to see Nipsey work on Victory Lap and do things on his own terms. Mac pushed me forward and gave me positive energy all while succeeding his own. When we were on tour together he would always be encouraging me.
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