It's amazing that it's already been a year since the 2014 XXL Freshman cover, when we unveiled our Dirty Dozen featuring two R&B artists for the first time ever. But now it's time to check the report card (click the image ...
Singles: “R.I.P. Kevin Miller,” “Ronnie Drake,” “Shot You Down”; EPs: Cilvia Demo
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“If [Young Thug] ain’t on it, that’d be the one that’s surprising me. Actually, my biggest surprise who is not on here is Vince [Staples]. Vince is hard. Vince is one of the hardest niggas I know as far as my age. He’s one of the most authentic dudes out of the LBC.”
“My influences are OutKast, Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, ScHoolboy Q and Wayne. Q is a dude I listened to before I came to TDE. He was the first one I listened to. I heard of Rock first, but Q is the first one, like his wordplay and his stories really made me listen to it.”
“I was real talkative, real shy at the same time. I got too much of an opinion. So sometimes, my opinion is too much for somebody else my age. I like to think I am beyond my years, sometimes.”
When you decide on your career field, it’s up to you how everything happens. You are in complete control. Whether you have to talk to anybody or have to interact with anybody, you just go make music. You don’t have to do none of that extra shit. When you are in music, it’s rare that you get to do what you want to do. So my plan is to make the music that’s good as I can, so I don’t gotta do shit. No matter what I gotta do. The shit I don’t wanna do.
I’m just happy to be a part of this. I’m happy to get to experience this. It’s an experience that a lot of people don’t get to have. You feel me? I just want to soak it all in.
I feel like it just speaks volumes that TDE has been on lock for the last four, five years. As far as development, isn’t this an example of developing artists? I feel like TDE developed more artists than anybody else besides maybe Funk Volume. They got three. We got five.
I never felt like an underdog in TDE. I don’t know how people will take that. I didn’t grow up with these guys, so I am adopted, and I am just happy to be there. They love me. There ain’t no pressure or none of that stuff. They signed me to be me. We met over dinner, and a week later I was signed. Niggas fucked with me. Ain’t no pressure. Ain’t make you freestyle for two hours type of shit. It was about the music. It was about how real the music was. They fuck with me, and I fuck with them. That’s why I got it tatted. It’s for life, my nigga.”—As Told To Eric Diep
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