On the first day of Rock the Bells 2012 in San Bernardino I had the opportunity to chat with west coast rapper Casey Veggies. Veggies, an Inglewood, California native originally began has rap career alongside Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator. The 19-year old emcee ventured out on his own and produced a series of mixtapes titled Customized Greatly.
The Customized Greatly series caught the ear of a guy named Shawn Carter which lead to Veggies signing with Roc Nation. Veggies is still hard at work before the release of his debut studio album. He recently released the third installment to the Customized Greatly series and just completed an opening slot on Big K.R.I.T.’s Live from the Underground tour.
I spoke to Casey Veggies after his energetic performance at Rock the Bells’ Guerilla Union stage. Veggies spoke about his signing with Roc Nation, the Customized Greatly mixtape series, and his performance at Rock the Bells.
SS: How’s it feel to be performing at Rock the Bells?
Casey Veggies: It feels great, man. I’m just out here enjoying it and soaking it all in.
SS: How do you feel your set went?
Casey Veggies: It went real good. It was smooth. I gave it my all. I’m out here tired, I been doing a lot of shows. It feels good to come back home and have people check me out.
SS: Are you still on that Big K.R.I.T. tour?
Casey Veggies: I just got off the Big K.R.I.T. tour three days ago.
SS: How was it?
Casey Veggies: It was a good tour, solid. Me and K.R.I.T. both do that real music that people latch on to so it was good to do a smooth real music tour, you know what I mean?
SS: Who are you excited to see as a fan perform at Rock the Bells?
Casey Veggies: I’m excited to see everybody. I looked on the main stage and everybody is dope.
SS: Tell me about the Customized Greatly Vol. 3 mixtape.
Casey Veggies: Customized volume 3 is my third installment of that mixtape. I been doing it since I was 13. It’s a series that shows my growth and people really responded well to the last one.
SS: Since you were 13?
Casey Veggies: Yes.
SS: How did you say at 13, I want to rap? Who inspired you to want to rap?
Casey Veggies: I just inspired myself. A couple of artists like Kanye West and Nas inspired me. The College Dropout album inspired me as a young kid to get out there, get creative and go all the way with it.
SS: Your most recent video is Swag Worth a Mil. What inspired that song?
Casey Veggies: It’s one of those things as an artist if you sign a record deal you wanna know how much you’re worth. Anybody would be good with a mill. I feel like me as an artist and a young visionary I’m definitely worth that million.
SS: Around the time you were born the West Coast was pretty much running Hip-Hop and a few years later there was kind of a drought. Now it seems like West Coast artists are getting shine again. What’s your opinion on the resurgence of West coast Hip-Hop?
Casey Veggies: I feel like the sh*t that’s going on is great. The way it’s looking right now we’ll be unstoppable in years to come. All the new artists, movements, and groups, we’re doing the freshest sh*t. I’m just happy for the future of the west coast.
SS: How’d you end up hooking up with Roc Nation?
Casey Veggies: Mutual people man and people taking notice to something that’s real and genuine.
SS: Explain the name Veggies?
Casey Veggies: Vegetables are just good for you all around. They represent growth and are good for your soul. It’s sh*t to keep you going and that’s what my music is.
SS: What’s next up for Casey Veggies?
Casey Veggies: Great things, man. Keep working hard, keeping getting better, that’s the main focus.
Download: Casey Veggies – Customized Greatly Vol. 3