Fredo Bang’s artist, Lit Yoshi, drops a brand new mixtape, LIfe of an Ape today. The incarcerated Baton Rouge rapper kept himself busy in the studio while on house arrest awaiting trial and today is unleashing 21 tracks of pure street fire.
Life of an Ape is light on features – Fredo Bang, Lil Loaded, Sevenhardawy, Big 30, Pooh Shiesty and his own artist, Hotboydue have the honors – but Yoshi has no trouble carrying this project alone. He is definitely not short on subject matter as he waits on decisions filed by his recently-hired new attorney.
Lit Yoshi rose to fame alongside Fredo Bang on the banger, Again, after signing to the former’s Bang Biz Ent label at only 19. Yoshi followed that hit with Straight Facts which garnered him his first 1M views on his own merit. 2021 saw Fredo and Yoshi arrested in Miami after the roommates were the subjects of a Federal search. Lit Yoshi currently resides at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Yoshi’s manager was able to catch up with the rapper by phone recently to discuss his new project and how he’s holding up. You can read that interview below.
Lit Yoshi Interview
1) Why did you name the project Life of an Ape?
If you know me you know I represent those three letters TBG for those that don’t know what that means. That’s ‘top boy gorilla” which my uncle IVY started. RIP IVY . However I got a song on the project called life of an ape that will give you a better insight on why I named the project life of an ape.
2) Tell us about your features on the project?
Self-explanatory them my brothers and right now it’s all about family. Maybe later I can get into bigger features. But all we got is us right now. By the way go on YouTube and check out my 1st signed Artists on Head Youngin records Hotboydue. We have a lot of entertainment and a lot of talent.
3) Tell us how you came up with the 21 tracks on the project?
I was on house arrest so the only thing to do was go to the studio and come back home so I spent a lot of my time in the studio.
4) How do you feel about your headspace right now?
I need them to know as a man I stand tall and I’m going to make it. Also keep me in your prayers. I have more court dates coming. I’m back in court to make things right. This has helped me open my eyes to see what is real and what is fake around me. All we got is us god and God
5) What’s your favorite song on the project?
Basically all of them but I’m gonna go with Head Youngin because it’s featuring the best upcoming rapper out of Baton Rouge Louisiana right now.
6). What does Head Youngin mean to you?
Head Youngin is symbolic of me being on top young. Meaning my maturity level ain’t equal to the average person my age. I know some 40 to 50 year old kids. I also know some 18, 19 year old grown men.
7) What do you want people to know about from listening to your project?
I want people to know who I am. I want people to know about me. I want people to know when they listen to me they’re listening to some real shit. I want them to know I am the real deal. I’m not a fake.
8) Tell me about your upbringing?
My real name is Meyoshi Edwards. I grew up with both my mother and father. Middle child to two sisters. I grew up playing basketball in high school. But I always love going to be in the streets. I got expelled from two high schools. But lucky for me I was still able to get a real high school diploma and 2020.
9) What was your life after high school?
I started rapping when I was 18 years old. I didn’t take rapping seriously, I did it for fun. My uncle IVY, the owner of TBG, put me in the label. On the label was Fredo Bang, Boulevard Quick and G Money. One day I noticed all three of them were in jail. And I was the only one left to represent the label. So I started rapping. But as soon as they came out I was back to being in the streets. But after being in jail two or three times. I decided to take wrapping seriously. The streets are no longer for me. I got with Fredo Bang . Did a couple songs with him. Saw my first million views on YouTube on my track Again ft Freddo. So I signed to Bang Biz as Fredo‘s first artist.
Rawrrzone Picks Spoken Word meets RnB, “Take Time”
When all else fails music heals. over the last few years many have bonded by the pain of grief and the comfort of music. Mac Groves, Brody Jamez , and Travis J The Poet is bringing the raw in the emotion to life. The song Take Time a testament to those they have loved and lost from mental health problems. The track bridges the gap between R&B and spoken word poetry, the messaging giving the listener the green light to allow them to grieve and to take it all in. The song gives the listener validity that they can take the time needed to process the loss and find the strength to move everyday.
The visualizer on youtube delivers positive calming visuals to accompany the messaging behind the lyrics. This is one of those uplifting tracks you need to move through hard times.
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New Jersey Singer Apryl Talks New Music, Plans For The Future & Writing A Book
As the New Year is upon us, how do you plan on generating more influence on the music industry?
I plan on doing so by doing more live shows, releasing merchandise and by putting out a new full length project.
Why should people listen to your new single “Bruised Girl”?
Bruised Girl speaks to the feelings behind trauma, specifically childhood trauma which I’ve learned influences our adult decisions and relationships. But it doesn’t stop at the feelings of the trauma. It provides you with an affirmation to live and heal. This “Bruised Girl” is going to WIN!
Talk a little bit about the production of this single?
This song was produced by my husband (Evibe Productions) and we started with what we wanted to talk about. This song took many dips and turns but allowed us to infuse our sound with a blues effect hints, and the live guitars as well.
What are some things that you incorporate into your everyday life to prompt your healing process?
I journal everything and create affirmations. I am my biggest critic but I am also my biggest fan. My desire is to be authentic even in my healing.
Can you talk a little about your most recent performance and what your experience was like?
I recently performed for 2 events in the same day. One performance was for Homeless Person’s Memorial Day, and I was able to engage with the homeless and share not just a song, but also share some of my story. This allowed me to comfort them and share words of victory in spite of their situation. However, I started the day sharing with senior citizens as I do every Christmas through a program I call Gifts for Seniors through my program Pink Heart Rehab. I gave gifts, encouraged and sang for them, and it turned out to be encouraging to me as I was not having a great mental health day.
What is up next for Apryl?
Check out Apryl’s new single “Bruised Girl” below.
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It’s getting spicy in the Rawrrzone as ATL’s own B3autiful comes to the Rawrrzone with her latest single Mercury Beautiful has gotten our attention drawing mid 2000’s RNB / Pop vibe. The premise of the song drawing the sensations of Mercury her aura like a drug wanting more and more. B3autiful’s harmonies mesh well with the production hypnotising her audience to follow the imagery of her day dreaming of pleasing Mercury and the things that can happen when they are together. Her delivery reminds us a bit of Teyana Taylor and HER with a splash of pop and a lot of swag.
The song which was a follow up to her singles I Don’t Understand and No Control giving us a different side of her. We see a growth of production from No Control to Mercury but we also see how versatile she is in terms of her craft and Since its release on December 9th it has made headway getting love from Florida , New York and surrounding states. The young creative has been on a mission to make sure it is known that she is here to stay and we can’t wait to see her go through this journey.
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