How did you get started? Tell us your story!
I am DeLeon Dale. I started noticing I had a talent for music when I was 13 years old back in 2008 -2009. I wrote poetry before I was interested in rap so the conversion to a more rhythmic form of it. It felt natural so was like gas on a fire for me since I also had a ear for what sounds good musically as well. So when I was about 16 I started taking music seriously and came up with my first rap name even though it wasn’t really good. So I used my hood name "Pookie Rappin" on my first beat with my twin "YWN Fang" which was the start of what we are now known as (Twin Neph). I later met my other bros "Ill Money Wolf Gang," which later became known as "Wolf Gang" and "Da Finesse Team" with my brothers "Mike Finesse" and "Wolf King." After a period of time doing music with them, my persona "Yung RASTA" was born and the start of "Young Wolf Nation." Now in the present, I am currently working on solo projects after so many years of being a featured artist and evolving the abilities of my talents, I figured it’s time the world hear my story as well as the original dynamic duo with my brother YWN Fang.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
Everything I know about the music industry, I studied for years so I would know what to do and how to maneuver. As far as my talent, it’s just a god-given gift. I just have to remember to keep my blade sharp at all times.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
Every song I do, I consider an achievement especially my collaborations. I have a couple of good features with fellow members of The 808 Wave and features with my family and friends who I have established in my time on this journey like my wolves, KT and mania tracks with my homies Big Dawg status and CTG as well as Flame Rock and many others with more to come. I was nearly signed to turn up on go when I was younger but due to my situation with my group I declined. I also got a lot of energy from being a hype man for my cousin, 2 Turnt. I come from an era where a lot of great artists were born so it’s only natural the world be ready for a Yung Wolf.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influence of the music world are all the great old school founders. Growing up riding with my dad, I had the chance to listen to planet rock Jam and other pop lock style of music that caught my attention and inspired my rhythm. It was my own interest for the funkadelic sounds of Bootsy Collins that inspired my soul and the adoption of James Browns motivation became mine as well. This gave me the aspiration to rise from being a no-one to being the greatest person I have ever seen. That’s why I am all I listen to on my playlist now besides the gang's; I only listen to Yung Wolf music.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The biggest obstacle in this industry I face is the constant popularity contest. It has never been something I bothered to care for. I have never felt the need to want popularity, but that is something that comes with this line of business. I’m starting to overcome it by being more in touch with my fans and interactive with people all together.
How would you describe your sound and style?
Undefined. My style consists of the ability to be versatile with any flows. I don’t like to stick to one particular cadence, that way my fans never know what to expect they just know OG HEF going to a drop a instant hit whether it’s slow, fast, an anthem, a strip club banger, trap music, or even harmonizing for the ladies. I could be doing all-in-one on a single track. A diverse artist means diverse music and I aim to please all audiences.
What are some of your goals this year?
I want to become more of a mainstream artist. I have been Indie and underground for a long time. Now it’s time to expand my listeners and showcase my talent as well as push Twin Neph, my bro. Sticking to my roots is a natural reflex when it comes to building a musical career.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I’m really more so interested on who wants to work with me more so than wanting to work with anyone. I have so much work I have to do on my own career with my in-house team; I haven’t been paying attention to other entertainers, producers, or engineers so it’s up to the top 3 of each genre to reach out to me.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process is complicated because I have so many different ideas and strategies on how to execute them but once I focus in on one thing it’s on to the next. When I start one thing, the next thing doesn’t start till the previous task is completed.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Nachos, tacos, and wings with fries are always my go to foods, especially if I cook the food myself!