On Quincy Jones As A Major Influence:
Detail: “Detroit has a lot of churches. Gospel music is really strong in Detroit. It’s the strongest in Detroit. I think Motown music is gospel music, but just more poppy. Just going to West Grand Boulevard to the Motown Museum. That’s the first thing I did when I got out of jail. That inspired me to do music.
“One of my biggest influences is Quincy Jones. I felt like he was the only guy that produced … you got all these groups from The Pointer Sisters to Four Tops to The Temptations. When you think of a Temptations and a Four Tops that’s eight guys doing the same thing, but he gave them something different. All of the projects that he was working on, his sounds, his genres that he tapped within that Motown sound were very broad. I felt like coming out of Detroit, I felt like I can work with a Katy Perry and then a work with a Lil Wayne. I felt it was possible.
“Those are my inspirations of producers. Pharrell. He’s sound is so unique. He crosses so many genres. I am a major fan of Pharrell. I don’t know if he likes my music. I think we tried to get together a while back ago. It didn’t happen. I heard something that he didn’t want to work with me or some weird shit. I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ I’m a major fan of Pharrell. I couldn’t be a bigger fan.”