YK Toon might just be a kid, but he’s well on his way in this rap game. Hailing from Houma, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge, the “Free Ziggy” rapper has built an organic following through releasing music independently. The combination of lyricism and street life over trapped-out beats is one that does not go unnoticed.
Most recently, Toon recruited Quando Rondo to hop on the “City Rollin” remix — a street anthem for hoods all across the world. King Ice chatted with Toon about his jewelry preferences and goals.
Do you feel like as an artist, you have to wear jewelry?
Nah, I don’t feel like that. That’s what people want to see. It makes people pay attention to you like “oh he’s doing shit. You seen that boy’s new chain?” The streets get to talking: seeing what you got on, looking at your page. Your page gon’ go up. It’s all about how you present yourself. A rapper gets big on his appearance. You don’t show no flaw right?
As you got bigger, did you have to live up to that rapper image?
Yeah, I don’t let anybody play with that. You gotta do me something. I don’t let nobody play with my top or none of that. Somebody recording that, that’s going all everywhere. Bring your boys way down here. But some people’s music might be good, but they say “you don’t live what you rap.” Negative energy and shit. It is what it is.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
My album to be #1 in the world. I want to hit it one time. At least be on the charts: Top 10 or Top 5.
Anything you want to let us know?
I got a song coming out with my dawg SK, it’s called “Yeah.”