Born: May 24, 1989
In anything I do I try to stay true to myself because I think that's what matters most, and then the challenge is getting all these different sides of my personality to fit together in one box. It isn't an easy task. But that's basically what the end result represents.
In a sense, touring is crazy. You go city to city playing the show over and over again. But there's something magic about being in front of people, so it's not like going through the motions every night. It's a different experience.
I think it's important to say something. If you're making music it's kinda' like, oh, cool, so is everyone else.
When you're choosing the track list and the sequencing, it's important to make sure that there's some strong concepts on there and that it matters and it says something... that it sticks with people.
I always think I'm going to record a lot on tour but it's always hard to fit it in the schedule, and there's a whole lotta' other extra curricular activities that happen on the road.
I'm on this raised-platform-stage and I'm put on display, but at the same time I'm just a human. I'm just a regular person at the end of the day and, you know, I just want them to know that I do appreciate every single one of them.
Music meant more to me than a social life and just hangin out. haha just being tired of repacking my suit case every couple of days, and anytime i wanted to cop some new clothes i would have to throw away something I had to make room in the suitcase.
I think it's important to evolve and grow and take risks creatively, instead of repeating yourself and doing the same thing over and over.
I've matured as a person and so has the music... It's gotten more sophisticated and interesting I think.
I dunno, there were always people believing in me, but you just gotta be confident in whatever you wanna do.
Just wearing all black comes from Johnny Cash. I'm on the road so much that if I wear all black my clothes never get dirty. You can't tell if I've worn the same shirt twice.
I think, back in the day, when I was first starting to make music, all I wanted to do was to get a record deal.
I see myself as a hip-hop artist, but I never wanted to make music for a specifically white audience. Thats not what I grew up around.
I was slicking my hair back when I was in sixth grade.
I grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California.
I had a job since I was old enough to work - since I was, like, 14.
I didnt grow up around all white people, I never wanted to gentrify hip-hop, Ive never wanted to speak to an all-white audience.
If you push yourself to stay hungry, you're always working towards at least taking steps forward. If you're taking steps forward, then you're making progress.
I've put myself in this position where I haven't set myself up with a Plan B. I don't have a safety net, it's all in.
Success is just being able to do what I love for a living, spend all my time doing it, connect with fans, and continue that for a long f - king time.