Milly Esquire is a Baltimore, MD native, known for his versatility and originality in his music. With a presence and career that is not typically defined by hip hop’s current image, Milly is a trendsetter, blazing his own path and subsequently making an indelible mark in the music industry.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the man behind the YHGM brand – this is for you. Behind the brand, there is a true perfectionist who is obsessed making every single detail count on every level. Milly writes, raps, promotes his team, hosts events and everything in-between. He plans to release Millaveli during the Spring 2013 season. Before you embrace the lyrics – take the time to know the man behind them.
Allow me to introduce Milly Esquire…
DMVixen: Many may know you as Milly – but define Milly Esquire for the fans out there. How do you define yourself?
Milly Esquire: Well, the “Milly” portion of my name was given to me back in middle school by a friend. I was previously known as ‘Mark Milly’ . Mark being the name that I was born with, I decided to change my name to ‘Milly Esquire’ towards the end of 2011. [..] I would define myself as a very colorful, experimental, artist who loves to learn and try new things from both a musical & business standpoint. I’m pretty weird and …I don’t know just “different”, I guess… very versatile and all over place… as you can probably tell…
DMVixen: Breakdown the Y.H.G.M Brand for us. Who is a part of your brand and exactly what does it stand for? Tell us the Y.H.G.M story..
M.E.: The Y.H.G.M Brand (Based in Baltimore, MD) is a musical collective/hip-hop based lifestyle brand founded by myself & my business partner/childhood friend DJ Vanrod… with plans to go nationwide & international, this brand embraces the culture of young, hard-working individuals who plan to be successful through many different outlets. Y.H.G.M is the blueprint for “hustlaz” in every aspect from the street to the office.
I look at it as this generations; No Limit, Cash Money, Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders etc. (with a twist of course)… There are many different “identities” under the umbrella. Many have came & went. But I work with DJs, artists, producers, etc. – Just trying to tackle as many lanes as possible. Not to mention “The Incredible Creation” brand that I’m building as well…
DMVixen: Speaking of which – What is The Incredible Creation? Let’s talk about that…
M.E.: The Incredible Creation is a creative palate/umbrella organization that hosts an array of artistic abilities, facilitating in creating, building and supporting the dreams of those artist(s) invested in this artistic powerhouse. Joining together all facets of creative talents under one unifying brand who’s mission is to set the standard of being incredible though fostering the growth and development of its members personally, professionally, emotionally and by using the wealth of resources at its disposal, a unique perspective, an outlet to freely express themselves through use of their various artistic talents. The Incredible Creation in essence is a family full of different talents and outlets all connected by a sincere desire to touch and inspire the world through their gifts.
Major goals include: To become a successful “management, music publishing and entertainment company”. Showcase various media including: fine art, television programming, magazine content, blogging, graphic design etc. It started out as just a blog, www.theincredib
DMVixen: So you are looking to build your own brand and label at the same time? Sounds like a lot! How do you plan to balance all of this AND a successful career as an artist?
M.E.: YES!. I’m looking to do ALL THAT… + more… like I want to be mentioned with the moguls! The Diddy’s, The 50’s, The Shawn Carter’s… ya know? The fuckin Kevin Liles & Lyor Cohen’s etc., like I’m pretty dope as an artist but the things I can do from a business standpoint will be way greater, I think.
I just hope to have a strong team around me who is reliable and responsible. I’m all about getting shit done and that’s how most people know me for the way I conduct business. I do that very well & professionally. I hate sloppy, unorganized shit. My time coming…
M.E.: Millaveli is gonna be all over the place… you can expect to hear some soulful shit, some out of control, off the wall-ass shit etc. definitely a good amount of Baltimore club. You’ll hear Tupac’s voice, Janet Jackson’s voice, Michael Jackson’s voice… etc. umm.. not too many “unexpected” collabs on this… mainly just me showcasing some of my artists.. and a few outside features…. But the project overall will be like a story… it will connect… i want it to be like a movie to your ears.. if that makes sense lol
DMVixen: Waiiiiit – you sampled Janet, Michael AND Tupac? Im scared.. *laughs*
M.E.: *laughs* You’ll see. Well, there is a Mike sample there (2) & a Janet sample there but that’s just because of Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice” but her voice appears in 2 other places on the project though.
DMVixen: If you could work with any artists – dead or alive – which five would be on your dream feature list?
M.E.: Sade, Anita Baker, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift
DMVixen: Why those five artists? Taylor Swift though?! *laughs*
M.E.: Sade & Anita are like the f*ckin best… love their voices, their music is just beautiful. Jay? He’s the GOAT. I study the blueprint. MJ? F*ckin GREAT. Greatest to ever do it from a musical standpoint. Taylor? I love some Taylor. Even before the Kanye shit so yeah – shes just a great artist. I listen to her, shes just awesome. May not be the “cool-thing” but I’m not about being “cool”.
DMVixen: Out of your entire musical catalog, which project was your absolute favorite and why?
M.E.: Any project I’ve done before this one doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even exist. This is the most official and the most important. I hope it takes me to the next level. Hopefully I can remove any other “projects” from the past completely from the internet. I’m thinking about doing that – but we’ll see. I officially began being an “artist” again in January (2013) so i’m treating myself as if I’m brand new. So any other “Milly Esquire” works don’t even exist to me but I’ll probably let the older “Lucky / Mark Milly” shit stay around …*laughs*.
DMVixen: In this day and age, why remove the past projects? Wouldn’t you want the fans to see the full evolution?
M.E.: Yeah, I would. I’ll let the older stuff stay up now [...] I just plan to re-release some things that I feel didn’t get the proper exposure.
DMVixen: Smart man. Now – If you weren’t an artist – which profession would you have chosen instead?
M.E.: Well, before I was taking music seriously… I wanted to be a wrestler. *laughs*
DMVixen: WRESTLER? WHY!? *laughs*
M.E.: *laughs* I mean I was a child. I loved wrestling. Don’t judge me. But yeah, I was BIG on wrestling before I fell in love with music (age 12).
DMVixen: Whats one thing fans don’t know about you – but should?
M.E.: *laughs* I have fans? *continues laughing* Ummm… I have asthma.
DMVixen: Milly?? ASTHMA though?
M.E.: *laughs* Yeah and a bad memory! So, both of those have an affect on my “artistry”.
DMVixen: I cant! Any last shout-outs or things you wanna say before we close? This is where you can shout-out everyone from Pookie to your 3rd grade teacher. Go!
M.E.: *thinks* Don’t know a pookie and don’t remember much of anything from that long ago. But! I’d like to shout out everyone that’s been supporting me thus far! I’m not doing no individual sh*t because people get left out. *laughs* Shout out to everybody! The lovers, the haters – its all love. Peace and blessings.
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