THE PACK JOIN THE PARTY
Words by Julia Beverly
(l to r): Stunnaman, Young L, Lil B, & Lil Uno
Would you say you switched up your sound a little bit with this new project, Wolfpark Party? What’s your vision moving forward? Young L: I haven’t been making an effort to switch up the sound, that’s just what happened. I think I’ve just been changing [as a producer] but I wasn’t necessarily trying to change the sound of the group intentionally. You have some tracks on this album, especially the singles, that sound more dance/techno than your previous projects. Young L: Yeah, I think that’s because we got some outside assistance from the leader of the Cataracs. He produced “Wolfpack Party” and “Sex on the Beach,” which have more of a dance flavor. The album is called Wolfpack Party, so it’s designed in a way that people can just put the CD in and keep the party going. Lil Uno: Personally, I’d say I’m pretty consistent. I feel like the album has more of a mature sound. It all depends on the beat, you know, and that’s how I vibe to it. Do you think that expanding your sound is broadening your audience? Young L: I think it could broaden the audience more towards people who like dance music, because it’ll attract those kinds of people to our music. Also, I think it’s just kinda the right time for us. So yeah. Have you been getting more attention from mainstream outlets aside from just the “urban” side of things? Young L: A little bit. It is geared towards some of the electronic dance music kind of thing, so I’m sure there are some new people that fuck with us now. What have you been working on independently of the group? Lil Uno: I’ve been working on this LUT project. It’s not really a group, they’re just like family and we make music together. The LUT stands for Loyalty, Unity, and Teacher. Young L: I am putting out some solo shit. I don’t really want to go into too much detail about it, but I am doing some deep shit. I’ve got a lot of beats on the project The Jacka is doing with Freeway. I’ve also got a lot of songs with Husalah. I’m doing a lot of stuff also in my own camp. We’ve been doing some mixtapes just to keep the online shit poppin’. I could make beats all day but I can’t write raps all day. I do more production than anything. I always wanted to be a rapper but the way my personality is, I had to kind of put that on hold for a while. That’s why I was the last person in the group to start rapping. The way my personality is, I don’t enjoy rapping at all. I’m not really an outgoing person. I felt like I had an opportunity to do it so I should do it, but my first love has always been producing. I like to get in that zone. I can make the most beats from 12 at night til like 3:30 in the morning. That’s
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when I make the most beats. When you go into the studio for a session what are a few things you need to help get you in that zone? Young L: To keep it real, I don’t need anything. I only need my energy. I’m the kind of person who sleeps a lot and I don’t have a lot of energy in general, but when I get to that point later in the day I get more energy. If I’m driving home listening to music and I make some [beats] in the house, you know, all I need is some energy. I’m not a person who needs alcohol or pills or anything like that to make beats. It comes naturally to me. A lot of people expect that Hip Hop groups won’t last too long since they always seem to break up. Even though you all have branched off and done other projects, what do you think has kept The Pack together? Young L: I think one thing that has kept us together was knowing that we couldn’t really be successful without each other at that time. We were aware of the fact that we needed to do a Pack album before any of us could have any success solo. That kept us together, and I think dedication as well. You don’t want the group to think of you as a traitor. And we all know each other very well. Nobody knows us as well as we do. There’s a lot of history that we would be shitting on if we were to break up. The reason we stay together is more on a personal tip than the music thing. Lil Uno: From my point of view, I’d say we’re all in this because we know what we want to do with our music and how we want to go about it. We all have a unique sound, so when we put it all together it sounds good. It’s fun and everybody else likes our music too. But we were friends first before anything. We have a lot of memories. Between the music, the past, and the relationships we’ve formed, we understand each other. I know what makes everybody in the group mad. I know which buttons to push and which buttons not to push. And we all know that about each other because we’ve been together for so long. I grew up with Stunnaman. I met him in seventh grade when I was skateboarding. I met D - Uno - in high school. I spent more time with D in high school than with any other guy that I knew at the time. That’s really how we got to know each other. So I see you’re the one who called in on time for the interview. Are you the responsible one of the group? (laughs) Young L: I just make sure I handle the shit that needs to be handled. If we go to a club, we go to the club promoting our records. So if we go to the club I’ll be the one to pick up Uno on the way. If I have to pick up whoever, I’ll pick them up. I’m just trying to make shit happen. I don’t want to say that [the other members] aren’t responsible but I would say I’m pretty responsible when it comes to handling stuff for my group or for music in general.