By: Zoe Hines
Founder of Ballistic Sounds.
Southern charmer Yani Mo is known for her smooth sensual sound. She’s been compared to Outkast, TLC, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. The Georgian native released her debut album The Moment in mid June showing off her diverse flow. Ballistic Sounds caught up with the rapper discussing her start, dream artist/producers and her newest project.
Read all about it below:
When did you start rapping?
I've been rapping since I was kid. The first rap I can remember writing was a rendition of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back" but mine was about boys with big ears. I would record songs in my homie/neighbors room over Nujabes and Dilla beats and we'd burn cds to play for whoever.
What made you realize that you wanted to pursue rapping as a career?
In 2012 I knew for sure. I had some friends who formed a hip hop collective out of Decatur and they released a project. I remember listening to it and thinking 'Shit, I could do this.' I was heavy on the spoken word tip and was only recording songs for fun, but at that moment I made it a goal to put my own project together and I did. I had one month to do it because I was using some 30 day trial software. I put it out on Facebook and received so much great feedback from my friends. And That was that.
Do you have a dream artist or producer that you are looking forward to working with in the future?
I would love to work with Missy Elliot, Brandy, Timbaland, Kendrick, Bon Iver, and Kings of Leon. I'd put all of them on one project too. That would be so badass.
You’ve opened up for popular artists in the music industry, what have you learned from that experience?
I guess I've learned how different people entertain. Everyone has their own style and stage presence but there are a lot of commonalities when it comes to putting on a solid show. I soak it all up. And if anything, I've learned that I'm on the right track.
What do you think of your debut project The Moment?
There is soul, amazing production, and a series of captured moments. Whether they're introspective, reminiscent, hilarious, or sexy. You'll get a little deeper into my mind.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself progressing and evolving always. I want to go on a worldwide tour traveling with the people I love and making music for the people I love.
The Moment is available on Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music!