Casey Veggies: “I’m a true L.A. native. I was born in the city, at Kaiser hospital. My mother went to L.A. High School and my father went to Crenshaw. That’s Los Angeles to the fullest. I have family from Texas and Louisiana too, so there’s a Southern backdrop in my family. But mainly, we were all born and raised in Los Angeles.
“When I was about 5 years old, my dad used to be Jay-Z and Dame Dash’s bodyguard. It was one of those things where your pops is doing something and he’s not telling you everything he’s doing. He was like, ‘You’re too young, you don’t need to know.’ What I need to know is, ‘Why is my dad [a] bodyguard for Jay-Z?’ I can’t even remember if he told me why, but it’s something crazy.
When I was about five-years-old, my dad used to be Jay-Z and Dame Dash’s bodyguard. When I was growing up, he used to always give me game because he knew I was getting into music. He would tell me stories about Nas or Jay-Z and different artists like that.
“That’s a part of my history. When I was growing up, he used to always give me game, because he knew I was getting into music. He would tell me stories about Nas or Jay-Z, and different artists like that. He once told me about when he was with Nas, and Nas did a verse for somebody, it took him 15 minutes and he made $15,000. There were dope stories that my dad knew. But nowadays he’s into event promotions.
“My early life was pretty modern. I couldn’t remember all the different spots, but I lived in at least three different households. By the time I hit six, I was living in Inglewood, in a nice little apartment, right in the middle of the suburbs and the hood. Some stuff happens every now and then, but not all the time. It would be cool and calm, I could walk home from school without being around the negative.
“I went to La Tijera Elementary School in Inglewood, and played basketball. From there, I went to a middle school called John Burroughs Middle School. At that point, a lot of stuff changed, because I started to see a lot of different ethnicities of people. I made a lot of new friends and saw a different side of the city. I felt like it brought the artistic side out of me, it brought out my imagination. I was able to see the hood and see the good areas.”