Urban Magazine June 2017 - Page 35

boy face emerging international star When did you start performing? Moms would have me acting in plays as a kid. I think I my first performance in front of industry tastemakers was in NY at a Maria Davis showcase at Soul Cafe. But before then I tested the waters at middle school talent shows, and in high school at house parties, (rapping for Big Homies on the Set.) After high school, I’d put together my own shows with my crew and we’d perform at those. Practice makes perfect. Name some of the artists who have inspired or influenced you? I’m inspired by every artist that takes their music seriously. For the longest time, I’d have an opinion on what made an artist good or bad. But finally realized that my opinion really doesn’t matter. Millennials came in the game and redefined that artist sh*t. So now I like listening to the artist I can relate to like SchoolBoy Q, Tupac, Migos, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick, Common, Groove Gang, Hov, Lil Half Dead, Figg Panamera, Rihanna, Tee Grizzly, Kehlani, J Cole, Rae Sremmurd, Dave East, Kanye, and Treach. But the main artists who inspire me most is any artist that has ever fought to uplift those that are oppressed. How would you describe your style? My style is like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. My artistry has taken on many different forms. Gangsta to Trap to Edm. There’s a lot of street sh*t I can’t rap about because I’m not a snitch, and I don’t self-snitch. But nowadays, I’m removed from the streets (so I can speak about more sh*t) so a new style is being developed. I’m in the process of doing for rap what The Weeknd is doing for Pop & RnB. Rebuild that sh*t from the ground up. URBAN | 35