Photograph by @doryymiller
by Cami Thomas
Q: Thanks for answering a few questions for the blog! How’d you hear about For the Culture?
A: I saw a backseat freestyle with the homie Najii Person in it.
Q: Did you grow up in St. Louis? What’s your connection to the city and what does it mean to you?
A: I grew up in Saint Louis. It's engrained in me. Everything i do. My vernacular is Saint Louis, my creative process is Jennings, MO. It means the world to me. I take pride in being from here. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
Q: How did you first get involved in music?
A: I was listening to Lil wayne, my favorite rapper ever. The way he rapped and presented himself made me want to do music. How cerebral he was while still being cool and calculated made me wanna write. I knew I could combine all the worlds together.
Q: Tell me a bit about yourself? Your upbringing, key points in your life that have helped shape your music and sound.
A: I grew up in southside Saint Louis then moved to Jennings when i was 13. I take both of those segments in my life as key factors in who i am. Bing on the southside made me humble. We were poor as hell, hotdogs every day. It made me appreciate the struggle. I remember I was 9, and I had a gun put to my head for no reason. I remember those emotions I felt: the fear, the urgency, the doubt, the anger. the vulnerability. You hear all that in the music. You hear me being me.
Q: What are you listening to nowadays? Who are some of your favorite artists in the game?
A: I listen to alot of my friends and peers as opposed to “the game”. I try to stay out of that mind frame. There's so much diversity here musically, we have our own Rap Game.
Q: What makes your sound unique? In your opinion, what separates you from other sounds in the city?
A: im not afraid to look or sound stupid or try new sounds. all my emotions are in it. Like every song is a peephole into my psyche at the moment.
Q: Where can we usually catch you? What do you like to do for fun?
A: Catch me in the scene. I try to be active in there as possible and support as much local stuff as I can. We all have to do our part to support these local geniuses if we wanna see Saint Louis become a staple.
Q: There’s a lot of crazy shit going on in the world right now. Do politics or current events ever have an impact on your music and creativity?
A: I do believe in music reflecting the current sign of the times, but my music is gonna always be about what I feel at the moment. I feel torn by the issues our country faces and sometimes it gets too overwhelming to even put in a verse. It's gotta feel right.
Q: What’s next for you? When can we expect to hear new music?
A: I'm finishing up my project entitled “Wrote A Self-Portrait”, my magnum opus. I have a video coming in April titled “NightDrive” too. It's fire *laughs*.