Casey Veggies: “I don’t think I got into hip-hop until I was 11 or 12. I got into Kanye West heavy. College Dropout inspired me to get into hip-hop, because he was doing something different.
“I learned about Nas’ Illmatic after I learned about Kanye. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize: I wasn’t aware what a lot of the classic 90’s hip-hop was because I was still such a young kid. So I had to go back and learn all that later on.
“That when I got into albums like The LOX’s Money, Power & Respect, Ma$e’s Harlem World, and even Dr. Dre’s 2001. When I got into 2001, I got inspired, because I’m from the West, so you connect to it and understand it. Now, I be seeing all the legendary West Coast artists [in person]. I’ll be at the studio and I’ll see DJ Quik, so I feel more connected to it. You come from being on the outside, then you realize you build up to where you’re on the inside now, and you see it from a different angle.
I learned about Nas’ Illmatic after I learned about Kanye. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize: I wasn’t aware when a lot of the classic 90’s hip-hop was because I was still such a young kid. So I had to go back and learn all that later on. I found my love of hip-hop and then went back and did my research.
“I’m so influenced by old school music, but I still have that new age that I’m trying to go for, because that’s what I represent. I was giving them all my angles. A lot of artists out here are really giving people a diverse angle, because the West was always super-diverse when it comes to music. We pretty much given off who we are.
“I put out a project through Delicious Vinyl. They were the first company to release Pharcyde, and in September 2011, they released the vinyl for my Sleeping in Class. That’s just showing people we’re doing classic things. How many artists can really say that? It’s big for me to be involved with something that means something to the culture. It’s showing younger kids what Delicious Vinyl is, if they don’t know about it. That’s what’s dope to me.”