Sudanese American alternative rap artist Yahya stops by to tell VIPER about his favourite mixtape of all time…
What’s your favourite mixtape ever?
‘Finally Rich’ by Chief Keef
Why is it so significant to you?
It embodies an energy of wealth and carefreeness that I had never experienced before.
Were there any artists or producers that you discovered through this tape?
Chief Keef got to explore his flows more than ever on this project at such a refined level, it opened my ears to hearing new ways to put sonics together.
Where exactly were you when you heard the mixtape for the first time?
I was on the bus on the way to middle school, I sat down, hit play and just went into my own world.
Did it come into your life at a significant time?
Yes, it was a transitional point in my life moving in a new town and being as uncomfortable as ever in my own skin at the time it helped me navigate with confidence that transcended through the music to myself.
How did the mixtape cover make you feel?
Such a simple cover, but very impactful it showed me that the strength of the music truly reflects on how I view the art; this was just a true classic.
Describe the mixtape in three words?
Innovative. Exciting. Trailblazing.
What song is your personal favourite?
‘Understand Me’ with Young Jeezy, both artists deliver very powerful verses over a YoungChop production that just really bring the song to life, I can just see everything they’re saying.
If you could put a price on this mixtape, how much would you pay?
Did you have a physical copy?
Yes I do.
Which is your favourite that you have a physical copy of?
This is my favourite physical album I own; physicals allow us to preserve the art in a way that can never be deleted or lost – archived in the most beautiful way.