Casey "Casey Veggies" Jones may be young but he definitely knows the value of prioritizing. Although this 90's baby (born July 18, 1993) came into high school with hoop dreams, playing shooting guard for Inglewood High School's Sentinels, the L.A. native soon realized that in pursuing basketball he was really just sleeping on another talent- rapping. Back in ninth grade, the young MC had been recording songs and posting them on his Myspace page just for fun. After receiving positive feedback on a few of the tracks, Veggies began to re-evaluate his relationship with music. "I was just writing and writing but then when I began recording things just started to fall into place," says the 11th grader. "The response I got made me take it more seriously." With his first mixtape project, 2007's Customized Greatly Vol. 1, the 16 year-old lyricist proved that he had the potential to be more than just another Myspace artist. He followed up that project a year later with Customized Greatly Vol. 2 which produced "I'm Right Here" and "It's All Good," two songs that picked up around the city. By junior year, he realized that this was something that he not only wanted, but needed to do. So he traded in the hard wood for the stage, dusted off his rhyme book and started getting even more serious about his music. He was making a name for himself amongst the younger crowd in Los Angeles, but now he has his sights set on greater gains. Vol. 1 was somewhat of an experiment, Vol. 2 a test, but now the teen-aged spitter is ready for graduation. Sleeping in Class, his third solo project, and arguably his most evolved yet, promises to be a culmination of the lessons he's learned over the last couple of years. The tape intends to prove that while the young artist is not quite seasoned, his potential is definitely ripe. "I'm trying to be diverse and versatile but at the same time I want it to be more real than gimmicky," says Veggies. "It'll be real hip-hop and me most of the time trying to convey a message but there will be fun songs here and there." But the humble 90's-born baby has already laid a strong foundation for that.
At only 20 years old, Travi$ Scott's music has already taken him quite a few places, even if he isn't famous enough to be recognized in any of them yet. He's lived on the east and west coasts, as well as the "third coast" of his native Houston, Texas, but has seen exotic locales while traveling with the most famous of his early fans, Kanye West. Since meeting early last year, the two have spent countless hours in the studio, the fruits of which can be heard on "Sin City," Scott's standout contribution to the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer. In his verse, Scott paints a vivid picture of a girl caught up in the allure of the fast life: She stepped into hell, cause when it got cold/Don't look in her eyes, you might see straight to her soul/Don't say yes to that good cause you'll never know/Cause we lost in the city, where sin is no biggie! he raps. The charge is something Scott himself can identify with, his music career having taken flight at an astronomical speed over the course of just a few short years. Travi$ Scott grew up in Houston the son of a drummer and grandson of a music scholar, bitten himself by the music bug after witnessing the showmanship of late 90's rap videos from Mase and Diddy and then later on, experiencing the revolutionary production of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. Scott began making beats when he was just 17 and sought out the tutelage of the local names he had access to, who just so happened to be dirty south hip-hop legends N.O. Joe and Mike Dean. It wasn't long after that he would venture out to New York to see what he was actually made of. "I'm really into depicting what's in my life," Scott says. "Anything I say in these verses, that's who I am. Those are real stories." Things didn't quite take off the way he imagined in New York, Scott having to couch surf when money got low, so he bounced to Los Angeles for another fresh start. The leap of faith paid off with Scott catching the ear of the "King of the South" himself, T.I., who signed him immediately through his GrandHustle/Epic imprint. With Scott working with T.I., it wasn't long before Kanye West got wind of him, both superstars still utilizing the young prodigy whenever possible. And though he continues to work on music with his mentors, Travi$ Scott's own Owl Pharaoh EP is soon to set the world ablaze, Scott using everything he's learned from his forefathers to make the project he's sure will satisfy a rapidly growing fanbase. "People are gonna feel the imagery, what my life consists of, what the world of Travi$ Scott is," he says. "What is this kid thinking? Who is this kid? What is he trying to tell us? That's what they gone feel through these songs." So far they've had only morsels to chew on, but the demand grows with each leak like "Blocka," the song he co-produced with Young Chop and raps on with Pusha T, or the super-stylized "Quintana" video or the riot-inducing, Mike Will-produced, "Pus$$y," which features Chuck Inglish, Fredo Santana and Gunplay. Travi$ Scott has collaborated with some of the biggest names in rap and he hasn't even released his EP yet. "It's like becoming friends," Scott says of his music. "Once people get to hang around you more and more, they'll start to understand you. They'll either catch on or they'll get left behind." And soon enough, the world will know what so many of our favorite rappers already do: That Travi$ Scott is the future.
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