Earlier this year I went to Los Angeles to speak with a few of the city’s up-and-coming Hip-Hop acts. One of the artist I met was Casey Veggies. I was a huge fan of Veggies “Ridin’ Roun Town,” and he was one of the main reasons I wanted to go to the LA – the beautiful weather and tacos aren’t bad either.
I met Casey at the Trap House, one of his friends’ stores on West Pico Blvd, and greeted by a wide-eyed, 17-year-old grinning ear to ear. He was just excited to hold an MTV mic. During the interview, I was intrigued with the fact that Casey was still in high school and juggling a budding rap career.
I'm certain he's not the first up-and-coming rapper in high school - feel free to name some commentors - but he was really talented and seemed mature beyond his years. I know people always say that, but I was a mess at 17. I couldn't imagine touring, playing varsity basketball and maintaining my course load. I just had to do one of those and barely did.
"It was crazy, because I had went on tour with Mac Miller and we were gone for like two weeks and I got on temporary independent studies, and I got a big packet of work," said Veggies.
"I’m focused. This is my first tour, and I got to foucs in on making this transition and I got to do this packet of work. It was definitely a challenge, but I was just in the car working on stuff from city to city, just doing stuff slowly."
Fast forward a few months later, and we're sending camera crews into Inglewood High School to talk to Casey's English Teacher, Mrs. Shannon Kirk. We talked to a couple of people in Casey's life and I always thought it would be dope to talk to a rappers English teacher. Kirk said she was just as amazed by Casey as I was
"I was proud of Casey because he would leave for sometimes a week at a time, sometimes a little bit longer. I would always give him a crazy packet of work to take with him," said Kirk.
"There are students who get independent study if they have a medical issue or something, and I don’t ever really get those back, completed, because it’s harder to do the work on your own. Casey always came back with a completely packet no matter how hard the work was, how difficult it was and he always had a really good attitude, and just seemed more mature than kids his age really are."