isn't afraid to take charge of his business. Actually, he prefers it.
"That's how I do everything. All my mix tapes were all pretty much produced solely by me--that's like 3 or 4 mix tapes I've produced," he says.
Young L got into the rap game in high school when he joined up with Keith “Stunna” Jenkins, DaMonte “Uno” Johnson, and Brandon “Lil B” McCartney to form the Pack; a Bay Area crew with a fetish for skateboarding and hip hop.
The Pack found some mainstream popularity in 2006 with the release of their mix tape Wolfpack Muzik, Vol.2. The leading track, “Vans,” became one of the Pack’s most popular songs, as well as one of the most controversial. MTV banned the video because of its blatant product endorsement of the famous slip-on sneakers. Still, the hit brought them to the attention of LA rapper Too Short, who signed them to the Up All Nite label.
Young L then started producing his own mix tapes, which he used to create his own sound. “After a while, making party music just got kind of tired and you're like, 'Ah man, I don't want to do any more party music,” he says of his musical switch. He released his latest mix tape, Enigma Theory, just last month. "It's more experimental, less party-based, less up-tempo, less derogatory probably,” he says. “I would say it's a little more outside the box.”