Coming off the release of his Skywalker mixtape, this diverse artist continues to stay on a mission to rap stardom. Get to know more about the West Coast MC who got props from DJ Mustard.
Standout: “Summer Life” Featuring YG
Also check out: “Flexin” Featuring Honey Cocaine
And: “Miss Behave”
Hometown: 626/LA, YoungCalifornia
I grew up listening to: Mainly rock and hip hop. Growing up on the West Coast, I listened to 2Pac, Dr. Dre and Snoop, but I was also into more eccentric sounds. I love underground hip-hop, such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Blackalicious, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Underground rap was what helped me get into freestyling and trying to become an MC. On the other side of the spectrum, I had uncles who listened to a lot of Nirvana, Radiohead, and Sublime. That’s how I got the idea to use [Sublime's] “Summertime” hook in my song featuring YG. I remember riding in their truck while they blasted rock music. Being a kid, I just absorbed everything that had melody and rhyme.
Most people don’t know: I am traditionally taught classical piano and violin. I was made to take lessons as a kid and I hated it. I eventually picked up the guitar from the pure interest of wanting to play. I used to compose all my songs by guitar. I would play them endlessly until I figured out what I wanted to sing and write. The rap part came naturally because I’ve always had a passion for freestyling and listening to Hip-Hop. I believe that artists should always be unique in their characteristics, so I began blending all my influences and skills into my recording. Now I don’t regret ever being forced to take all those piano and violin lessons. It’s all contributed to how I write music.
My style’s been compared to: Wiz Khalifa on some of my newer stuff. Personally, I don’t see it, but maybe it’s because we both smoke way too much…
My standout records and/or moments to date have been: Releasing my track “Summer Life” featuring YG. This record appears on my first official mixtape called Skywalker, which is hosted by my sis DJ Carisma. It was the first track I’d ever featured someone on, and it happened to be an established rapper. YG laced his verse quick ’cause he was vibing the music. He got in the booth and murdered it. One of the highlights would be when DJ Mustard walked into the session, heard the song, and genuinely complimented me on my work. Coming from one of the hottest producers today? Shit, I’ll take it. Not too long after YG tracked his verse I released the single. DJ Felli Fel spun “Summer Life” on Power 106 out in L.A., which is the second biggest rap station in America. The music video’s got hundreds of thousands of hits now. I could say this song was the record that really helped propel my career as an artist.
My goal in Hip-Hop is: To leave something positive behind for the future.