Anonymous asked: What's your take on this years XXL Freshman list? Do any standout to you in particular? Would you like to the list in the future or doesn't matter?
TDE was a no-brainer. nice to see NY get two ambassadors. in general, it’s cool to see there be enough actual emcees for an enjoyable cypher.
regardless of ppl questioning the integrity of process, it’s still a major accomplishment. it’s definitely an opportunity i’d accept, but it ain’t the only way to heaven.
Anonymous asked: Who are some of your favorite, up and coming, beatmakers/producers ?
dopetilinfinity asked: You've got that real hip hop, and raw, gritty beats with Handful of Dust and When We Were Kings, but Joy & Pain is definitely a different sound, with a more musical/electronic vibe, but dope nonetheless. All are great projects. Where do you see your sound and musical style going from here?
i’m looking to settle in a broader hip hop/rap sound. to date, the sound has been defined by the project. moving forward, I’m looking to stabilize that. I won’t revisit the sound of Joy & Pain and Handful of Dust again (outside of something like Polaris or Nina). and WWWK obviously is a throwback sound. A song like Stolen Whips fits in the direction I’m going in. In general, the “underground” sound and aesthetic is something I’ll be putting behind me. But I can show you better than I can tell you…with the next project.
Anonymous asked: dude, why do u sound like blu? who's rappin in all of ur traxx? im kinda confused but its dope!
probably stands out more since he produced the EP, and he has a distinct production style.
Anonymous asked: what's the story behind you and Blu?? How'd you guys connect and what's your relationship with him like now?
i reached out through a mutual friend because I wanted him on “Polaris”…then we discussed him possibly producing an EP for me (Handful of Dust). the relationship is a professional one. working with him has been a great experience.
Anonymous asked: how did you figure out that you wanted to rap and how did you get over that hump to do so.
man, always loved hip hop. always felt like i had a way with words. i didn’t actually take the idea of me rapping seriously until the landscape of hip hop started to change post-kanye. i got over the hump when my manz DG believed in me.
differentkindaguy asked: Huge fan of your amazing work. If you don't mind me asking, how long have you been working on your poetry/rapping? Also, any advice for an up and comer?
thank you. poetry, pretty much since grade school. i had a rhyme book in HS, but I never did much more than cyphering/battling after that. been a “recording artist” since ‘08. at that point i was decently skilled with the bars, but mad amateur as an artist. couldn’t make a song to save my life. but the beauty of artistry (when you love music), is that the process of improving is enjoyable. it’s like what i would imagine playin hoops to be like, if you love the game.
exoticrefugee asked: Son... you got some good good shit. You have a sick flow, alluring ass lyricism, and last but not least SUBSTANCE. I like Hand Full of Dust but I must say When We Were Kings is my favorite ep. I was sold on the tribe track, you get cool points and a cyber high five for that. Hurry that ass up and do some shows. - A FAN
man, i’m tryna redirect traffic back to When We Were Kings at every opportunity. especially in an environment like today, where a lot of ppl are into the whole nostalgia theme. i’m not tryna bring back the 90s, but that was a special project to me. classic era, classic feel. and i think we did a damn good job with it.
thank you, announcements on shows to come. where in the US are you?