To go indie is a thing. But to put an album in the stores, you need a distribution label.
I push myself in a lot of aspects when I write a song. I write a piece and where most people would stop and say, ‘Oh, that’s the hook right there,’ I’ll move that to the first four bars of the verse and do a new hook.
Kanye West is my favorite artist.
You know, there are artists who are 35 and up that still make rap and that still works for them. I don’t know if I want to be that guy.
My favorite artists always documented emotion. Marvin Gaye and Al Green and Sade and Aaliyah.
It’s important for me to let my fans know I really don’t care. I’m confident.
I try to really capitalize off of what other rappers really can’t do. There are opportunities that rappers I love simply can’t get, because… you know… I don’t have the tattoos; I have a different image.
I just have a thing in my brain that when I’m about to do something that’s genuine or authentic, I think of it in song form. I’ll be like, ‘Yo, this is a human emotion that no one talks about.’
When I’m writing, I’m thinking about how the songs are going to play live. Fifty bars of rap don’t translate onstage. No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd. They want a hook; they want to sing your stuff back to you.
You do get certain publications in the States where, if things don’t go according to plan, they flip the story and it becomes very negative.
When I think of myself, I think of Toronto. My music would never sound the way it does if it weren’t for Toronto.
I respect Chris Brown. I’d like to call myself a friend – I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that.
I’m not going to lie; listen, I’m nice at basketball.
There were people who incorporated melody before me, but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.
I feel that when you care about your music, taking risks is something you should do to keep things exciting.