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INTERVIEW: North Carolina Duo Jae Mansa

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We been cooling, taking it one day at a time for real!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fate”?

The song is about not listening to the haters. Following your dreams and passions while silencing the negativity!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Not really! We was just in the studio and our producer SL cooked the beat up. The beat was so crazy we thought the song needed a strong hook first and we sent it to our guy SL cause he is crazy with the hooks. When it came back we knew we had something and put down the verses and that how FATE was born!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was crazy for real. The strip for it was dope and working with the kids as well.

The single comes off your new album Yung Kings – what’s the story behind the title?

King Mansa musa, African king rule the Mali empire and Timbuktu. He accumulated his wealth from gold and salt. The richest man in the world still today. He build the unique mosque and he founded the first University. He gave out so much gold Mecca he crashed the economy…so we based everything around that and try to build like that.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s the same as always. We put down a rough draft and if we like it or not we go back and build off the song for real.

How Jay Z and Wu Tang Clan has influence your writing?

We grew up listening to them. We try to keep an old school feel with new school production.

How do you go on balancing your classic roots with the much modern ones?

We mostly listen to Fab, Pusha T, J. Cole, Kendrick, so we pay respect by keeping bars in our songs , but we also add the bounce to so it came give people that new school feel but keeping to our roots on what we grew up listening to.

How would you say your family bonds gets to influence your music and, say, the approach?

The love always there. They don’t let me go to far left. Always let me know where music comes from. We speak from the heart we not tryna be something we ain’t. Lol and they always let me know. They know me for me and not the music.

What role does NC play in your music?

I look at it like this as long as I’m rapping NC always gone play a major role cause that’s my hometown.

What aspect of destiny did you get to explore on this record?

Letting people know they don’t know MY FATE. No matter what they say to me they can’t shoot me down or knock me off my horse. Ima be what i wanna be cause i wanna be it.. forreal

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

My life! Even the people I grew up around I talk about them in a lot of tracks. But I don’t name drop. If you know me you know. Point blank.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hitting the road always a plan for Jae Mansa baby. We always opening for whatever. But we putting in major work. We taking whatever they giving and more.

What else is happening next in Jae Mansa’s world?

We gone keep running until we hit this 100 million baby. We ain’t taking no for an answer.

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