Written by @zomb_slays

Edited by @drakobills

Born in California but raised in Korea, Lil Yu is making waves with his unique sound and wants to make power moves all 2019.


First things first how old are you and where are you from?

I’m 19, but I’m turning 20 soon. I was born in California and moved to Korea in the 4th grade. I stayed in Korea till the end of high school, and currently, I go to college in New York.

Wow so that’s huge jump, tell me about your high school experience. What was that like for you? ,

I was in a really sheltered high school with around 100 in kids in my grade. Honestly, they were all nice people but I just didn’t vibe with any of them.

Yeah I can only imagine what that was like. So obviously you wanted to go back after you graduated. Tell me about your early music influences, what did you listen to growing up?

Really early on, I was into a lot of punk and emo bands like Pierce the Veil, My Chemical Romance, A Day to Remember and Sum 41 then I listened to rap until I found Soundcloud.

I had a feeling those were the vibes you liked for sure, at what point did you start creating music yourself?

I honestly picked up a mic like a year ago because I couldn’t find music I really liked or because there was no more new music out.

So you just decided you’ll make your own, I like that attitude a lot. Your music seems like you’ve been at it for years but for only a year or so that’s crazy. What’s your favorite song you’ve made or released so far?

oooooo hehe… That’s a hard one. Probably Memories w/ Capo on the Connected tape. I remember how amazing making it was.

(Listen below.)


A lot of your songs are so hard! I love memories. How did you end up linking with Capo, hinoni and the seattle boys?

It started when I stopped by Seattle on a trip to LA. I stayed with Capo and we made the Connected EP and then we linked in LA and I met Shame. It’s been almost a year since I met Capo.

Damn that’s so lit you guys been working that’s a fact. What are some of your goals for 2019 music wise and overall?

I have so much unreleased music right now that I honestly just cant wait to drop. I’d like to work with a lot of Korean artists too but I really don’t have any set goals for this year.

Honestly super excited for anything new and that’s gonna be dope working with Korean artists because not a lot of people have that connection so that’s huge for you. What other artists would you like to work with in the future? Big or small.

There’s a lot of artists I wanna work with. This dude named 한국사람, Futuristic Swaver, 100 Gecs, and Cyberspace would all be amazing to collab with.

Your work this year is gonna be insane a lot of us are super excited for it. What’s your number one goal in music overall? Is this something long term for you?

I never really had a goal. I was always sad and annoyed at things and I didn’t really talk about how I felt to other people, so it was an outlet to just talk about my life. I love making music, and hopefully, I can keep it long term.

That’s such a positive thing honestly and that’s one of the only reasons I’m creating myself. You mentioned college earlier on, is that something you enjoy right now? Tell me about your current NY experience.

I’m not the biggest fan of living in New York. I have dope friends (not that I have many of them haha) but I really don’t like going to classes because it’s not something I’m necessarily passionate about.

I kinda had that feeling, I’m not too far outside of Boston and I’m not the biggest fan of that either. At least your friends keep you going while you’re here, what keeps you going outside of music? When you aren’t creating what are you usually up to?

Music really is a lot of what keeps me going. When I’m not making music, I’m listening to it. In my free time, I’m usually just chilling in my room. Classes take up a lot of my time so I’m pretty boring outside of music.

Honestly, I feel that a lot and that’s not a bad thing either as long as music keeps you pushing. One of my last questions I had for you was what would be the first thing you would do if you got filthy rich?

Probably, immediately get myself out of New York and move to a secluded part of Korea or Tokyo and attempt to do something in fashion. That would be cool!

That’s what I wanted to hear! I could definitely see you getting into the fashion side of things and really making a name for yourself. Tokyo looks amazing that’s easily one of the places i’ve always wanted to visit. My last question for you is who are your top 5 favorite artists of all time?

  1. Bladee
  2. Lil Soda Boi
  3. Futuristic Swaver
  4. Clairo
  5. Lil Uzi


That’s such a power list and Soda is killing it lately. Do you have any last words of motivation or shoutouts before we sign off?

Thanks for doing the interview, it was dope! Make sure you keep an eye out for more Hinoni. Also, thank you to anyone reading! I’ll keep trying to drop music as often as I can.

Absolutely it was totally our pleasure thank you for taking your time out, we’re definitely gonna keep our eyes peeled on you guys.