Location: Chicago, USA
Age: 26
Releases: Cinderella “99 and Judge the Book

1. What’s the meaning behind your name?
It’s short for “Lluvia Rosa Vela.” My friends back home in Cali just started calling me Via one day, it just kinda stuck… and my grandma’s name is Rosa so it was kinda like… by way of Rosa.

2. What other names have you had?
Oh man. “Young V” thats what Keith used to call me I was a rapper back in ’08 and I jokingly called myself “young thug money niggah” but that’s another story lol. My parents called me “Juju” when I was little.

3. Which song of yours would you first want people to hear?
Hmmm that’s a tough one, sometimes I don’t want anyone to hear any of it lol but if I had to play one song for a new listener, it would probably be like, ‘We Can’t Touch’ or ‘Last thing I need’, just cause they might be some of my favourites I’ve done lyrically.

4. Who was your Hip Hop idol growing up?
I don’t think I had a hiphop idol I didn’t start listening to it ’til I got older and by then I didn’t have any attachment to anyone. But if I had to choose some emcees I respect I’d say, Big L, Immortal technique, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Ludacris and Mac Dre.

5. Which musician would you most like to work with?
Man I don’t even know lol. I don’t really think about that, I’m already working with such amazing people, I don’t feel the need to look elsewhere. I do however love Drake haha, I don’t know if I’d work with him though, that’s too much pressure.

6. If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing instead?
I’d have a little food truck on an island somewhere selling international vegan fusion tacos and fresh fruit smoothies haha. Nah, I dunno I’d probably still make music on the truck while I cook lol.

7. What’s success to you?
A healthy crop that lasts a whole year….

8. Which country produces the best food and men?
I had to think about this question cause I didn’t want to admit that America might be the best place. Not like AMERICAN food but like real american food, I know people usually think of hamburgers and french fries but I’m talking about the fusion of food we get since there are so many different kinds of people. Like Korean tacos, I doubt you could get those in Korea or Mexico before they were made here. Or vegan thai pizza….. but then at the same time our crops be like contaminated and shit, so we might have like the shittiest ingredients haha. I dunno man, food is weird. As for men, they’ve all lost their damn mind it don’t matter where they come from lol. Brazil though, their fusion is similar to ours but I like that their men aren’t afraid to be romantic or feminine, here it’s TOO feminine or not feminine enough lol.

9. What’s your vice? 
I’m not ashamed so they’re not really vices…..

10.What’s your favourite animal?
Horses I used to wake up every morning and ask if today was the day I got to ride a white horse lol. One day I’ll go to Montana and find some wild horses for shits and giggles, that’s definitely on my bucket list.

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