Casey Veggies: “When I was 12, I began to write my first mixtape, Customized Greatly. When I was 13, I recorded it and released it. I had a cousin who was trying to be a rapper, he used to have a studio. So he used to just let me come in, and get studio time. I used to sell candy to pay for it.

 

We didn’t [rap] to be the big artists. We didn’t think our images and the stuff we were talking about were going to be something everybody would accept because we were so different. That’s why I had the title Customized Greatly, because it was something from a different angle.

 

“From eighth grade going into ninth, I went to the studio as much as I could. My mom would drop me off after school or on her lunch break, and I’d just wait for her to get off work to come pick me up. Tyler and everybody [from Odd Future] used to come through, and we had it going on. It was me being a young, ambitious kid that was really interested in being a rapper. I just tackled the whole subject and I didn’t look back.

“We all were hungry, but we did it because we loved it. We didn’t do it to be the big artists. We didn’t think our images and the stuff we were talking about were going to be something everybody would accept, because we were so different. That’s why I had the title Customized Greatly: because it was something from a different angle.

“There was a lot of times where I wasn’t sure if rapping was what I was going to do [for a living] because I was still playing basketball from ninth to eleventh grade. I made my mind up [about pursuing a rap career] in eleventh grade when I dropped the Sleeping in Class album. I felt like I was making a name for myself, so I went with what the people were telling me to do. A lot of people were showing love, I was doing shows, and I saw something come out of it.”