Rapper, singer and producer Yumekou recently released his debut album Human Attachments. Named after the Japanese words representing ‘dream light’, the LP aims for a vibe in tune with this meaning. We caught up with him to find out more.
Human Attachments is mainly about a story of love and the worst attachments. We stay so attached to everything on this Earth without understanding that once it’s our time to go, all of this will no longer exist. So it’s best if we just enjoy every bit of it.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
My name is Yumekou, born and raised in Huntsville AL , Growing up I never quite fitted in , I always was on the creative side regardless though I never swayed from that path. I got into music around 9th grade or 10th . My cousin wanted me to feature on his song and ever since it’s been history.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
A LOT. Almost every artist or musicians or any interesting person inspires me, I take bits and pieces from everyone, I feel like that’s how life should be.
How would you describe your musical style?
My music style is wavey, I really like vibes, but I’m also a deep thinker and sometimes can get in that bag if I choose to. I feel like making vibe music makes my deep stuff easier to digest when I come across to making it.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
If I could collaborate with any living artist man that would be a hard answer to choose from. I feel like it’s so many, but, if I had to choose one person, it would probably be Childish Gambino.
I feel like we are in the same thing of being a Jack of all trades, so meeting someone that has been successful in many fields and just being guided by them would be amazing.
Tell us about your debut album Human Attachments. What’s it about?
My debut album Human Attachments is mainly about a story of love and the worst attachments. We stay so attached to everything on this Earth without understanding that once it’s our time to go, all of this will no longer exist. So it’s best if we just enjoy every bit of it.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote most of if not all of it back in 2020 , I made over 100 beats trying to find the perfect sound for this tape , I make sure not to rush anything while also trying to get a good pace going for myself. I recorded it at Traq Studios.
How does Human Attachments represent you?
Human Attachments is literally me, like when you press play you are getting a side of me that most people if any people really know. I wanted to make sure that people could understand me a lil more even if it’s just 20 mins.
Can you talk us through each track?
‘Who Am I’ is basically how I was feeling from 2018- till now it’s literally me just pouring my heart out on the beat.
‘Watch Out’ is about me just watching out for all the fake stuff and stay mindful of the things around me and what I can control.
‘Chill N Vybe’ is a song about just chilling with a girl or just really trying to get her to understand that you’re the one she need to mess with.
‘Feel Me’ is basically me finally with the girl and just going thru stuff and getting her to understand why I’m acting a certain way.
‘Space’ is basically the end of the relationship, people change, seasons change, everything changes, etc.
‘Change’ is very important song to me , it’s a deep song and I made it around the BLM protest I just felt like some stuff I had to get off my chest. But it’s a double meaning, change dealing with money, and change dealing with the world.
‘Fake Friends’ is pretty self-explanatory, everyone had to deal with them.
‘Unattach’ is basically everything summed up in one song. We all have to unattach at the end of day.
What are your hopes for ‘Human Attachments’?
My hopes for Human Attachments is to be a timeless piece of body of work. I want it to be when everyone presses play years from now and even a year from now and hear it again and it adapt to their life at the specific moment in time for them. I want Human Attachments to be timeless.
What else is coming up for you in 2021?
A LOT of things are coming up for me for 2021. This musical journey is a constant grind, and I have a lot of things out of music I’m doing too so it’s important to adjust and find a good schedule for yourself. As of right now, I have a show on June 12th been working on new music for my next album and just trying grow day by day. The opportunities are everywhere.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
My piece of advice would be: “Work Hard and understand things take time don’t beat yourself up. You do that then you not going have enough time to fix yourself.”