When did you start getting into music? And what initially sparked the passion for it?
“Junior [year] of high school, I was 16. The first thing I ever made was a diss rap, to this kid that was in my high school, just talking reckless. And I used to rap with my homie and that’s how we started as a duo. So, we made this diss rap and everybody heard it and everyone was like ‘Yo that’s crazy, y’all should just keep making music’ and I was like ‘Word,’ so we recorded a couple more things. The thing that really sparked it though was that year, maybe a month and half after making that first diss rap, I went to a J. Cole concert. He was performing at Port City Music Hall, here in Portland, back in 2010. He was like still pretty small but big enough to come out to Portland, Maine. But, it was an 18+ show so I had to get mom to go with me. We got VIP and I saw J. Cole do his thing and from then on I was like ‘Yup, that’s what I want to do.’”
What’s the most important thing to you when making music?
“The most important thing for me is just…making music that’s good vibes and I want people to hear the songs and be able to relate to it and just jam out, you know? And going forward I want to make more music that dives a little deeper into me as a person. I show off the fun side a lot and that’s mostly what it is, at this point, but going forward you’ll definitely hear more of me as a person and some of [the] things that I’ve gone through in my life. But, also the most important thing for me when making music is just that making sure I’m not being a liar and be real with it. Be real with my music and have fun with it.”
What is your favorite song that you’ve made so far, and why?
“The favorite song I’ve made so far is, I mean, it’s hard for me not to say ‘You Can Have It All,’ just cause like I was sitting on it for a few months before I dropped it. And I knew it was going to be dope and I knew people were going to like it a lot. In my gut, I was like ‘Yeah, this might be the one that might get people’s attention.’ I’ve dropped a couple others that were pretty strong but this one might be the one where people are like ‘Oh damn, he’s evolving as an artist, I see it.’ I think that was one of the songs where you really start to see my evolution as an artist, so for that reason that’s my number one.”
What’s something you wish you knew when you were just getting started?
“I wish I knew more about like the business side of things. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point where like I’m really starting to handle this. It’s like something that’s like a business, I guess, it’s a real business. It’s not just the music, there’s a lot more that goes into it. I wish I was a little more experimental when I first started. Because that was something I started to do more of over the past year or two, whether it’s singing, or beat selection. When I first started it was just like ‘Oh, bars, bars, bars’ and nobody wants their face rapped off all the time. So I wish I was more experimental, I wish I knew more of the business side, and I wish was more willing to take more chances in all aspects. Whether it was just like meeting people, or just not being scared to put my name out there and put myself out there a little more. Sometimes I would second guess myself… the confidence thing would have definitely helped me quite a bit.”
What’s next for you? Any new projects or shows in the near future?
“I haven’t dropped a project in a long ass time. I’ve just been playing the singles game this whole year, so 2019 will definitely see some things coming. A lot more music. I got a couple shows I haven’t announced yet but definitely will be hearing about them soon. One out of state and one in state. And then I’m heading down to New York in a couple weeks, got some things planned down there, making some connections, face to face, with some people. Because I’m a big face to face person, like doing stuff over the internet is, you know, sometimes you have to. But not always the best way to make a great impression, so being able to make those face to face connections will help so much. But just expect a lot more music.”
Your thoughts on the Celtics this year?
“Well, it’s been a little bit of a rough start, it’s been a little rocky, you know? Incorporating Gordon Hayward and Kyrie back in the lineup, I didn’t think it was going to be like amazing, or smooth, right off the bat. The 2010–2011 Miami Heat that had Lebron, Wade, and Bosh, that was their first season and they started like 9–8. So it takes some time to smooth things over but I think mid season towards the end of the season, everyone’s going to forget about the rocky start because they’re just too talented to not get it together, you know? I expect them to be the first or second seed in the conference. Kyrie’s getting his act together, he’s been killing it lately. You can tell Gordon Hayward is getting a little more comfortable out there, he’s looking good. Jayson Tatum, I don’t need to say much about that man. He kills it and does his thing all the time. The Celtics, they’ll be fine, and I totally expect them to win a championship within the next two to three years. I think, uh, you see a lot shit going on with the Golden State Warriors right now. But, you know, they got some problems internally, they ain’t gonna stick together after this season, I don’t think. And I think the Celtics are in prime position to be the next super team in the league.”