Who’s your inspiration?
“My biggest inspiration is Metro Boomin. I’ve probably listened to “Without Warning” 500 times at least. The way Metro’s able to create such simple beats that so perfectly capture the dark vibe that 21 and Offset are spitting lyrically will always inspire me. Other than that I’m inspired by Rage Against the Machine, Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, and Linkin Park. What ties all these artists together is that they just say exactly what’s on their mind. RATM speaks on corruption and systemic violence. Danny Brown is brutally honest about the duality of his creativity coming from drugs and how that damages him. Linkin Park not only fuses rock and rap but they also just make you feel like you can let out all those pent up emotions. Kendrick is just Kendrick, I don’t need to elaborate on that one.”
What’s your favorite music to listen to?
“There was a long period of my life when I first started producing that I recognized how far behind I was. Every week for a year I would listen to a different genre of music and try to find what made it different. What type of time signature is being used, what kind of style of drumming are they emulating, what are the instrument staples of the genre etc. One week it would be bossa nova, next it would be baroque orchestra, next would be funk. Nowadays when I want to listen to music I just hit shuffle and see what comes up and try to pull inspiration from whatever I can. I think it’s important to not just listen to one genre because it closes you off from innovation within your own music. As a producer, you have to be capable of digesting different styles of instrumentation, rhythm, groove and figure out why that works within its context. To be proficient in a genre absolutely means, you know, figuring out what the current trends are for 808 patterns or what the best hat sample is for this type of melody or whatever. To be proficient in music as a whole means absorbing lessons from every possible source, and sometimes that means turning away from the genre you’re working in and paying attention to what makes other genres special.”
Who’s one person, dead or alive, that you’d want to work with?
“Juice wrld 999. I feel like he was having such a positive impact on music before he was taken. The day he died I remember I just watched videos of him freestyling non-stop on eminem beats and just crying. He was so talented and such a bright light that you didn’t even need to listen to his music to love him. His music definitely embraces who he was and I really loved that.”
Are you signed to a label?
No, I’m gonna try to stay independent as long as I can.
Who are your biggest supporters?
“My mom. The day after I got my face tat I met up with her and told her what it meant and she just accepted it. I don’t know if she understands what I’m trying to do exactly, but she sees my vision and she’s always pushing me to go harder. I’ll never forget how hard she worked to make me the person I am today and how much unconditional love she has for the people around her. She’s my role model forsure.”