INTERVIEW: Caskey (@Caskey407) Caskey Talks Being Birdman’s (@BIRDMAN5STAR) Only “Blue Eyed” Rapper?
When Birdman signed Orlando rapper Caskey to YMCMB, he loosely described the young Orlando talent as the first “blue-eyed” rapper signed to the label. .
Recently Caskey spoke AllHipHop.com about his new situation at YMCMB, where he explained that as a culture, we are passed the white rapper stigma.
“I try not to have too much care for the white rapper thing, I understand that the stigma has existed in the past, but we are passed that in my eyes,” Caskey told AllHipHop.com. “I understand that the stigma has there culturally and its a big step, and to even Birdman, he called me the first ‘blue eyed’ artist on YMCMB and I know it was a big deal and he wanted to make it right.”
The story of how Caskey signed to Birdman’s imprint is typical for this era of blog friendly rappers who have signed major deals. He worked on getting his word out to the labels via viral videos.
“He [Birdman] stumbled on my video, I wanna say he was with DJ Khaled, and I had a lot of videos online and when he found them, they ended up watching all of my videos in one night. Then he called me the next week,” Caskey revealed.
Although he’s added to an already stacked roster of artists like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, DJ Khaled, Bow Wow, Lil Twist and others, Caskey said he has no concerns about making sure his material is heard.
“I don’t have any concerns about that mostly for a two reasons. One – we have a strong team away from the label, with my management and production, and I know with my work ethic, with the resources we are being provided its something we are going to make happen,” the rapper continued. “Its something we live and breathe everyday. Then two – just seeing Birdman and Slim’s passion for my project, I think that gives me a lot of confidence going forward”
In the interim, Caskey is focused on putting together visuals for his already released project No Complaints, which was produced primarily by the Avengerz.
“That was my second mixtape that I was really pushing behind and it was my first tape that was really catered to really treat it like an album with all original material,” Caskey said. “It had a real distinct sound to it and I think with that we had a real clear marketing campaign and how we were going to promote and I think it had the passion in it behind the sound and the passion behind the push to get it out there.”