Jaden Smith Dedicates His Last Album To "Females": Ex-Lovers, Strangers & Eve

Jaden Smith not too long ago dropped his newest venture entitled The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story. While this launch lands inside his Cool Tape sequence, the brand new assortment songs resonated together with his listeners in a different way compared to his earlier ferings. The inspiration for the 11-track tape is perhaps the supply this distinction.

Smith shared his “imaginative and prescient” for the album which took the shape a dedication to ladies who’ve influenced his life instantly or in any other case. He says thanks to some and apologizes to others, particularly somebody he refers to as “Eve” who is perhaps the identical one talked about in his music “E.”

He attributes his musical output to those female entities and expresses gratitude for his or her contribution to his life.

Thutmose Wants To Inspire: Brooklyn Rapper Talks "Man On Fire," Nigerian Heritage & More

Thutmose is contemporary f the discharge his debut solo challenge, Man On Fire which arrived a bit over two weeks in the past. At a time the place rappers from NYC are starting to make extra noise now than they’ve prior to now few years, Thutmose is paving his personal lane and sound within the rap recreation. Throughout his new challenge, he makes use of components home, hip-hop, hints Afrobeat and extra to convey his distinctive life story.

Thutmose’s story isn’t anyplace close to the everyday American story, nevertheless it does inch in direction of the American dream. The Brooklyn rapper was born in Lagos, Nigeria earlier than his household immigrated to New York City in 2002. His household escaped violence within the West African nation, however his beginnings in America weren’t simple both. However, the transition from Nigeria to Brooklyn is what he credit for permitting him to experiment musically. 

“I’ve all the time been looking for my place, discover myself, nearly like a journey. I really feel like music’s very comparable in a method. Just like ‘okay cool, I’m in a brand new area,'” he informed us over the telephone. “Moving from Nigeria was like ‘Cool, I’m in a brand new area. I get to discover, I attempt issues out.’ I really feel like my music grew to become very authentic, very experimental, and nonetheless has a sense ‘me’ in it.”

Thutmose lately obtained on the telephone with HNHH to cut it up about his newest challenge, Man On Fire, working with Scott Storch, showing on the FIFA ‘18 soundtrack, and far more.

This interview has been edited for readability.

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HNHH: First f, I simply wanna congratulate you on dropping Man on Fire. I simply listened to it and it’s actually dope. I needed to begin f speaking about your title. I do know it derives from an Egyptian pharaoh, however I used to be simply questioning what facet his life and legacy recognized with you, and impressed your title?

Thutmose: Being born in Nigeria I used to be a fan large, symbolic, highly effective African symbols. Obviously, Egyptian tradition has so much these. And to me the symbolism behind the king is when kings speak, individuals pay attention. It represents Africa as an entire – its robust, highly effective. And it’s like taking that into the artwork, which was to me, crucial. Thutmose symbolizes that to me. Just like a robust, highly effective image.

You have been born in Nigeria however moved to Brooklyn in 2003, so I used to be questioning if you happen to recall your first reminiscence touchdown in America?

My first expertise was fairly loopy. Walking out the airport to love seeing snow for the primary time, shifting to Brooklyn and simply experiencing an entire completely different tradition. And Brooklyn will not be all the best way much like Nigeria, clearly. But it has so much like the identical vibe. Walking out the airport seeing snow for the primary time and experiencing a brand new tradition. Nigeria has so much the identical components, they each have a really fiery environment. Everybody is making an attempt to make it, discover their very own place, get it. And typically it actually will get difficult, it undoubtedly takes a while to get adjusted to.

As you become older, how do you are feeling that transition from Lagos to Brooklyn impacted your view not solely the world but additionally the way you create music?

Experimental, for certain. I’ve all the time been looking for my place, discover myself, nearly like a journey. I really feel like music’s very comparable in a method. Just like ‘okay cool, I’m in a brand new area.’ Music to me hasn’t all the time been apparent. I’ve been a author my entire life. So simply shifting from Nigeria was like ‘Cool, I’m in a brand new area. I get to discover, I attempt issues out.’ I really feel like my music grew to become very authentic, very experimental, and nonetheless has a sense ‘me’ in it.

That’s one factor I actually appreciated about your challenge, was simply what number of completely different sounds and influences you might hear all through the entire thing.

For certain. That was one other factor too with this fiery stuff, simply speaking about psychological fires for me, particularly my upbringing and transfer to New York. Just New York having that fireplace factor down, it sounds are already on the market. It’s one other approach to tie it collectively to the “fireplace” theme.

Is that the place the album’s title got here from?

Yeah, for certain. It was undoubtedly impressed by like my transfer to New York and my introduction to the sport and making an attempt to face out. Man on Fire simply embodied that for me, you recognize?

This is your debut solo challenge, so I needed to run via some the songs and collaborations. So the primary monitor I need to deal with with you is “Pressure.” It’s one essentially the most private songs on the challenge and also you go into fairly vivid element about SWAT raiding your loved ones’s while you first immigrated to America. I used to be questioning if you happen to may inform me a bit about that, and the way did you get the Erykah Badu clip for the intro and outro?

At the time the raid] appeared nearly regular for some motive. Being younger and shifting to a brand new place, you’re not what’s regular in that area. At the time I nearly considered it as regular as a result of all the things was chaotic. I used to be in the lounge when SWAT group was banging on the door. I wakened early within the morning, heard a noise and bumped into my mother and father’ room, hid beneath the mattress so I could not be discovered. For me it was — on the time it was bizarre, as a result of like I mentioned, on the time it felt regular ‘trigger all the things round me was chaotic on the time.

And with Erykah, it simply made sense as a result of like, I had recognized about her since I used to be younger, even like in Nigeria. She was one the few artists that I used to be conscious . Not each artist can communicate for that aspect the world. So, Erykah Badu, I used to be properly conscious her and had all the time adopted her since I moved to New York. I’m a fan her messaging, and just like the stuff, she talks about, how she talks about actual life and the way to settle conversations you’ve got with a deep, clever particular person.  I discovered one an interview hers speaking to Peter Rosenberg and Ebro. She talked about just a few issues that struck me. And we ended up reaching out to her and he or she cherished the concept. And it was a blessing to have her approval and particularly what the music means to me. It was only a excellent mixture, makes excellent sense. And I get to pay homage to a legend within the course of.

Have you guys spoken since she heard the monitor? Is there any chance you guys getting within the studio sooner or later?

That’s a chance. I do know she’s open to collaboration sooner or later. I used to be ready for her, hopefully, this subsequent challenge. Hopefully, we will get it going, maintain it rolling. I’m wanting ahead to that.

So one other collaboration I needed to speak to you about – I noticed Tricky Stewart’s title on the tracklist, for “Say It To My Face.” He’s one essentially the most revered producers within the trade, so I used to be questioning how that collab happened?

Yeah. I used to be in Atlanta for like per week, similar to cooking up with just like the best producers on the market. I used to be in Tricky’s studio for like a day or possibly two days. I used to be doing like 7 songs. That monitor was like a blessing, man. Obviously, Tricky is a legend in his personal proper however we have been within the studio, he was like taking part in a ton beats and I used to be simply getting in. I used to be simply feeling impressed, to be trustworthy. Being in Atlanta for the primary time and being within the studio with him, I used to be like I gotta come appropriate. Before him, the largest producer I in all probability labored with was Scott Storch.  And the primary time being with him was wonderful, too.

Yeah. I used to be questioning how the Scott Storch collab happened as a result of for a debut challenge, you’ve got so much legendary names connected to it and Scott Storch has executed limitless hits. Explain how that happened.

I’m actually shut with Scott Storch’s supervisor] Steve Lobel on that aspect and we obtained the possibility to get collectively and it was very early —  many months in the past. It was all fairly loopy as a result of just a few months earlier than that, I used to be nonetheless folding garments at American Apparel. To, like, be thrown in a room with Scott Storch, it was one these moments that was like, ‘Wow, I’m doing this for actual.’ I used to be, like, ‘I gotta get within the studio with him and prepare dinner from scratch.’ It simply felt like I used to be in it, like within the subject. With him, he’s a genius. I work actually quick in terms of like, melodies and sure stuff. But for me, any individual who may work that rapidly and you get to bounce concepts f . Somebody that’s like, ‘No, let’s not do that, let’s do that.’ It’s the method that retains me fueled up. Obviously, I used to be nervous going into it for the primary time however now, with Scott, we’re actually shut mates. I’m cool together with his whole household and his administration. But it’s simply been a blessing working with him.

That’s very dope. My final query about some the collaborations on the initiatives is Jay Critch and Desiigner. How did you join with them?

It’s humorous, so much individuals don’t know I knew Critch earlier than he even signed to Rich The Kid. Locally, we had some mutual mates. So, with him and Desiigner, I simply assume it’s crucial to faucet into artists from New York that I’m a fan and a fan their motion. For this primary challenge, I simply needed to maintain it residence primarily based, initially, earlier than I attempt to energize town and make everybody conscious. Obviously, Brooklyn has been an enormous affect for me, as a lot as Nigeria, particularly with the hip-hop tradition and historical past. So whether or not it’s like being in Kanye’sstudio engaged on songs, after which sending them to Desiigner or having a music that Critch may get on, or Alex Mali. Working with New York artists was crucial to me.

You’ve beforehand talked about Kendrick Lamar, Sade and Jay-Z as some your influences. So I used to be questioning if there have been different explicit artists or initiatives basically that influenced how the sound “Man on Fire” happened? Like what have been you listening to all through the creation it, was there something in your playlist that stands out?

I wasn’t listening to an entire lot music, however in all probability outdated Kendrick, and possibly some Weeknd. I like The Weeknd I’m an enormous fan him as properly. Truly I take heed to so much House music, however home music doesn’t actually, properly, I assume in a small method it did affect some components “Man on Fire,”  the title monitor] like you may bounce to it. “Karma” clearly has that distinctive sort bounce. But House didn’t essentially affect the challenge for me, however extra my life, what sort vibe I used to be making an attempt to relay in my message. So for me, making an attempt to place that movement in my life like I used to be saying sonically.

I felt like with simply the cohesion the challenge and the way it performed out from high to backside, it felt such as you have been telling your life story. Not even via what you have been saying however simply the sounds and melodies you have been utilizing, and the way it goes into an aggressive joint and eventually concluding with “Pressure.”

Yeah, that’s precisely what I needed to get into. Like in a bouncy music like “Ride with Me”, it’s a really bouncy music however if you happen to pay attention intently to the lyrics I’m telling you about my life, the place I’m coming from, the place I’m at my life proper now. So for me, as you mentioned, I need to communicate to them.

I needed to speak to you about “Run Wild,” which was featured within the FIFA 2018 trailer. So I assume – first all – how huge a soccer fan are you?

Huge soccer fan. Soccer is essentially the most performed sport on the earth. In Nigeria, earlier than I even knew what basketball was, soccer is the one sport we largely play. Like I bear in mind being within the streets Nigeria and taking part in soccer with mates at college, you recognize, with my siblings. Soccer is the game my mother and father may perceive. Like my dad watches it each so ten, my little brother loves soccer. World Cup’s each 4 years. It was an enormous deal to the world there, particularly to the world I’m from. It was very surreal to me. The whole course of with FIFA,  how I obtained to do one thing with Cristiano Ronaldo, one my high favourite athletes all time, it’s loopy. I bear in mind mimicking him and his strikes after I was youthful. Like LeBron is my all-time favourite athlete, however Ronaldo is correct there at quantity two, quantity three. So that was thrilling.

What was your mother and father’ response to seeing your music being concerned within the World Cup in some kind method?

They have been excited. Like my little brother, that was one the few issues he was enthusiastic about ‘trigger he’s not going to grasp all the things I’m doing. Like, he performs and his mates play, I’ve so much mates who play FIFA. So to me, some these moments I look again and am like, ‘Wow, I can’t imagine that occurred.’

So what do you’ve got deliberate subsequent? You have your debut challenge out, so what’s subsequent in your listing?

I obtained my first headlining exhibits arising. So I’m excited for these, you recognize, getting in entrance an viewers and my followers and performing for them. Performance is an thrilling half the method, that’s why you do it. Just to get on the market and carry out. I like performing ‘trigger everytime I get on the market and going into that area. Now that the music’s out, it’s an entire different area to construct in. I’ve a ton extra music within the stash. I’ve one other challenge that’s just about executed. I nonetheless have much more stuff to get executed earlier than I get to the end line on that one. But I am simply excited, much more music’s coming and I get to take a break and determine the title for the album and what that world goes to be. So I’m simply excited, basically, to maintain that half going.

One final query, how would you like your legacy to be remembered down the road when all is alleged and executed?

I’m very aggressive. I used to play sports activities so I’ve a aggressive nature in me, however there’s additionally this half me the place I care about integrity and influence and longevity. For me, I simply need to be one one of the best. I simply need to be revered, and simply, continuous, maintain going. That aggressive half me simply desires to go all out and be an inspiration to individuals.

Jaden Smith's Three Style Icons: Tyler, The Creator, Batman & Poseidon

Maybe Jaden is biting too hard into his eccentric reputation, like a deadpan comic frozen into character. For his GQ fashion editorial, the Smith progeny spoke his major fashion influences, and the choices he made are none too serious. First f, Jaden told Sam Schube that Tyler, the Creator was the single most important influence on his personal style, for showing him his favorite brand, Supreme. “Like, I never cared about Supreme until Tyler,” said the 20 year old.

The second greatest influence in his personal style is Batman with whom he’s derived much inspiration, first as “maverick white” Batman in his video the same name. Then he wore Batman’s protective armor to Kanye West & Kim Kardashian’s wedding, after testing out the garment’s elasticity at his prom.

The third and possibly strangest influencer is not only fictitious, but moreover a figure Greek Mythology. “Poseidon—I feel like he always comes with the next-level vibes,” said Jaden. The interviewers stared at him quizzically before he repeated his sentence, albeit with a trace a smirk. The GQ writer enlivened Jaden’s source material by drawing a connection to the rapper-actor’s preference for Poseidon-like drapery and Louis Vuitton womanswear, for which he is a brand ambassador and an ardent fan. The rest the editorial can be read here.  

Flipp Dinero: DJ Khaled's Newest Signee Talks "Leave Me Alone," Tory Lanez Advice & More

Flipp Dinero’s buzz has increased significantly this summer. The Brooklyn native released two projects within the span a year, The Guala Way and his most recent, GuaLa See GuaLa. The latter included his smash single, “Leave Me Alone” that’s been everywhere this summer. The single caught the attention major celebrities like Drake, Odell Beckham Jr., Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner and more who’ve posted videos them singing the song’s infectious hook on their Snapchat’s and Instagram Story. Needless to say, he’s someone who’s getting ready to blow up.

Last night, Flipp Dinero announced his new record deal with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group, Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records. With the major label machine behind him, it’s only a matter time until he really blows up. 

We caught up with Flipp Dinero last week to speak about his single, “Leave Me Alone,” his relationship with Tory Lanez, his top five rappers from New York and more.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

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HNHH: I’m glad to be on the phone with you. First all, congratulations on everything. I heard you were on the red carpet for the VMAs. How was that?

Flipp: Yeah. That was dope It was a new experience. All the lights and cameras. It was definitely a fun experience. I appreciated it.

What was your favorite part the evening? Was that your first red carpet experience?

That was my first red carpet experience ever. I’m straight from the hood. Imagine being straight from the hood to being on the red carpet. It’s mind boggling. It’s baffling.

Congratulations. You released two EPs within the span the year. The Guala Way EP and GuaLa See GuaLa. There’s an evident amount growth between each project despite the fact that they were released within the same year. So, I was just wondering what the creative process was when you approached both projects?

The creative process was crazy because it was like at that point in time in my life The Guala Way, I was literally just taking music seriously and you can see it because you have tracks like “Time Goes down”, “Roses”, “Say No More.” It shows the versatility. GuaLa See GuaLa is more so me breaking out and showing people I can still be versatile but I can still be more unique as well. So, the music that I have in store now is even more crazy. It’s on a different level. I can’t wait to drop it.

So, from what you learned during the recording process with The Guala Way, how did you apply that to Guala See Guala? I’m sure there were things you learned in the recording process and the creative process.

When I was making The Guala Way, it was pretty much me saying my emotions. Just going in the studio and not caring what people have to say about what type music I make. That’s why you have certain tracks like, the love songs, the serious songs, the trap songs. Guala See Guala was more like, I know which direction I want to go in because Flipp is evolving. That’s how you have “Leave Me Alone”, “G’z”, “Trappin.” It just molded me. It made me grow in a certain type way. Actions speak louder than words in this situation.

You just touched on “Leave Me Alone.” That’s one your biggest songs out right now. There’s been clips everybody vibing to it. From OBJ to Kim Kardashian. I recently saw you post Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner vibing out to it as well. Who was the most surprising person that you’ve seen vibing out to the track?

I don’t know man. Honestly, I can’t even say who’s the most crazy person vibing out to it. I’m shocked everyone is vibing out to it.

So, let me ask you this. I believe OBJ was one the first celebrities to post a video themselves dancing to the song. What was your reaction to that?

I was shocked. I was caught f guard. I couldn’t believe it. I just knew from that point I was onto something. The track could actually go far. Not because Odell has a huge following but because someone that stature found attraction to my music so other people will attraction to my music as well. It was a wake-up call like oh shit, you can really do this Flipp.

You had G Herbo on your latest project for the remix “Time Goes Down”, how did that come about and what’s the relationship between you two?

Pretty much, my big bro Shipes had lined it up. I made this track called “Time Goes Down.” I was vibing on it. I was like, I want the craziest feature on this. Who do you feel would be crazy to get on this track. My bro P just kept saying Herb. My big bro Shipes knows Herb so I hit up Shipes like do you think it would be possible to pitch this track to Herb. He pitched it to Herb and he was instantly like, “Nah this is hard.” He came through, laid the verse, shot the video with me and we built a relationship from there. We just kept it solid. He just told me keep going, stay focused and from that day, I appreciate him and his words helped me a lot. It made me prosper even more. I applied that same pressure for “Time Goes Down” to “Leave Me Alone” and that video blew.

It’s interesting hearing your music because you do have that melodic aspect to it but you don’t compromise your lyricism either. I was just wondering who were some artists that helped inspire your sound?

Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Max B, Drake, Tory Lanez. I listen to a lot people. I listen to a lot Haitian music too and classical music. My ear is not just only to rap. I started in the church.

So you used to sing in church?

That’s how I started. As a little kid. I grew up in a church.

How’d you transition from singing in church to rapping? Was that something that developed naturally over time?

It started f as me just being a singer. As I got older, I had a love for lyricism and rap. I just always loved rap music. Styles P, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, I always liked that. As I listened to them, I would always try to be like them, try to put my word play together. Like, “Yo, my name is Flipp, I’m on some other type shit, probably fuck up on ya bitch, she all up on my dick.” And then I just kept doing that and working on my flow. I never stopped singing. It was times, I’ll be like damn, I need someone to sing on my hook and that’s where I’ll come in and sing on my own hook. People will be like, “Yo that sound crazy Flipp.” So, I just started putting more the melody into my rap and I came up with my own flow. I could switch it up whenever I want to.

You just mentioned Tory Lanez and I know you were opening for him on the Memories Don’t Die Tour earlier this year. I was wondering what’s the most memorable piece advice Tory Lanez gave you on tour?

Always stay focused. I learned a lot from him. That’s my big brother. I was just talking to him. He always tells me to stay focused and stay on my A-game, do what I have to do. When I feel tired, that’s the time to work even harder. So, he drops jewels, he gave me diamonds. So, I’m running with it and I’m shooting straight to the top. So, I’m thankful.

Can we expect any collaborations with you two in the near future?

Definitely. Of course.

Have you guys already been in the studio together?

Shhhh.

I got you. Joey Bada$$ is someone who has been riding with you and you’re both signed to the same label. How has the relationship evolved since you guys met? Did you guys first meet through music or in the streets or something?

It was both. We met in the streets but we met f music. We met through music people and when we met, we just bonded f rip on some brother shit. Just speaking on some where we’re from in Brooklyn and then it got to the music. And he’s like “I know you make music, your music is fire, I want to work with you.” That’s how it happened. He embraced me and he put me on, he gave me a cosign. Joey is my big brother. I got nothing but love for him.

I know that you and Jay Critch recently did that “Wanna Ball” song. It feels like there’s a lot people who are looking at you two as the next ones out NYC. So, what are you thoughts on the current state New York Hip Hop?

I feel like we’re in a good space because you got niggas like me and Critch, Young MA, Casanova. All these rappers that are really putting in work for New York. A-Boogie, Don Q, we’re working. We’re doing what we’re supposed to. Shoutout to all them.

I know you mentioned Max B before. If you could give me a tentative top 5 New York rappers in your opinion, who would you put up there?

Jada, Biggie, Max B, Styles P, gotta throw Joey in there.

That’s what’s up. What are your plans for the rest the year?

Keep grinding. I got a mixtape that’s gonna drop real soon. I got another EP that’s gonna drop. I got videos on the way. A lot good shit. A lot surprising shit. I just got to stay focused.

Is there anything you can tell us about the mixtape or the EP? Any exclusive details?

It’s gonna be fire.

I’m excited for that bro. Thank you so much for talking to me.

I appreciate you even more. Thank you for everything.

YBN Almighty Jay Admits He Has No Clue Who Wu-Tang Clan Is

This year, the generation gap between newer rappers and the OG’s has been as evident as ever. Much it has to do with the fact that lyricism has been “diluted” and mumble rap has spiked in popularity. What actually upsets many traditional rap fans is the lack respect that the younger kids have towards those who paved the way for them. However, it just seems as if some the newer cats just haven’t done there homework or are just into what’s poppin’ now. Case in point: YBN Almighty Jay.

YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Nahmir and YBN Cordae sat down with Peter Rosenberg on Complex’s “Open Late” show. During the segment, Rosenberg asked them which artists they studied. Nahmir cited Eazy-E as one person that he studied, Cordae revealed that he’s a big fan Jedi Mind Tricks, but Jay admitted that he only listens to “generational music.”

“I ain’t gonna lie, I never went that far back. I listen to generational music,” he said. “If it’s in right now, that’s what I listen to. It might be weird and stuff, people be like, ‘You don’t know the history rap and you’re a rapper,’ but like I don’t go back that far to listen to music.” 

Jay then revealed that Lil Wayne is the oldest rapper he listens to. However, the most interesting part the interview is when Rosenberg asked Jay whether he knows who Wu-Tang Clan is.

“No disrespect, I don’t know who they is,” he said. “I don’t know none they songs. I don’t even know what they look like.”

Peep the interview below with the YBN crews interview starting at the 10:42 mark.

YBN Cordae Is Bridging The Generational Rap Gap

As the game is more divided now than it arguably ever has been, the younger generation listeners is far more interested in melody than lyrics. For artists that can combine a conscious approach with a particularly vibey atmosphere, they’re fering the best both worlds. Not very many rappers can say that they’re hitting on both categories, YBN Cordae is one the few that has the ability to (adeptly) delve into both. His ties to YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay, and the remainder his YBN crew enable him to focus on melody and creating hype music. However, his drive to become the best to have ever picked up a microphone pushes him further into a lyrical sphere.

With only a few releases under his belt in “Kung Fu,” “Fighting Temptations,” “Old N—as,” and a freestyle over Eminem’s “My Name Is,” the 20-year-old Maryland native is just now familiarizing himself with the spotlight. With his head screwed on tight, Cordae feels little pressure as he sets goals for himself that are higher than anybody else’s expectations. 

Truly wanting to be the best in the world, the YBN member is gearing up to release the best project the year. Not going into too much detail about it, his passion makes me believe that he truly means it when he says it’s going to be some “more dope shit.” We spoke with YBN Cordae to gauge where he’s headed and how he’s gotten this far in only a few months. Our interview is below.

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HotNewHipHopHey Cordae – what’s up?

YBN Cordae: What’s good bro, how are you?

I’m very good, it’s nice to speak to you. I wanna ask a bit about the YBN crew because y’all are super tight and have very different approaches to music. You’re definitely the most lyrical the bunch. What did you grow up listening to in order to get you to that stage lyrically?

I was listening to was a lot like, Nas, Big L, Rakim, Jay-Z and like Kanye, Kendrick, J. Cole. Guys that nature. From there, I would do my own research based on YouTube. If you find one thing, you can get lost in the “recommended” section. I pretty much did my research through that. But you know, obviously the Travis Scott’s, Kendrick Lamar’s and J. Cole’s had a big influence. T.I. had a big influence on me as well. Plus the cats I’m working with now like 21 Savage and everybody. Just a combination all that.

For a 20-year-old to be making the kind music you do, you can tell you’ve been listening to a lot different sources.

Yeah, for sure.

In terms the YBN crew, I consider you guys to be somewhat a genius crew because every rap fan is bound to like one your sounds. There’s Nahmir who’s catering to the street sound, there’s Jay who’s like the viral internet celebrity, and then there’s you who’s doing the lyrical stuff, catering to another group. Was that a conscious decision that you guys made or was it more organic?
Nah, it just happened that way, dog. We didn’t think about it like, “yo, you do this style, I do this style”, but together, we all perfect. It’s just literally what our individual style is and combined, we like to call ourselves the Golden State] Warriors ’cause all us cater to like a completely different audience. We’re all so dope and so different, it makes us the perfect balance.
 
The comparison to the Warriors makes sense because you guys are kind like a super team. The three you are on the come-up at the same time and y’all are doing big things. Is there any sort competition between you, Nahmir, Jay, and others in the YBN crew to outperform one another?
Oh yeah, for sure. It’s friendly competition. So like Nahmir will go in the stu and make a hit and it’s gonna wanna make me go to the studio that same day and get to cooking, making my best work. If Nahmir goes super hard it’s gonna wanna make me go hard too. We created a culture work ethic because our friendly competition. And it’s not necessarily like, we won’t be competing with each other on that level but it’s just a creative quality level. One us could go in there and freestyle a song in like 5 minutes and I’ll be like “you know what, I like this song, I’m ’bout to freestyle too.”
 
Your response to J. Cole’s “1985” was a lot people’s introduction to you earlier this year. Many had possibly heard about you but hadn’t been exposed to a song before that. What pushed you to record “Old N*****]” cause it sounds like it’s straight from the heart?
I was just inspired by what J. Cole had said. It sparked a creative mindset and it sparked a conversation and I always have conversations that cater to that so it was effortless. I wrote that in literally 10 minutes. It was dope.
 
What are you most excited about being on tour with Juice WRLD, Lil Mosey and guys like that?
Just performing in front fans and seeing them every day. It’s one thing on the internet and it’s another thing for like face-to-face interaction with fans. And they’re all dope artists too so it’s dope.
 
A lot people are saying that out all the rappers coming up right now, you’re gonna be the one to bridge the generational gap. Does that come with any pressure?
Honestly, it’s no pressure. I always knew I was gonna do that. I set my own goals higher than what anybody else has set for me. 
 
I also think your head is screwed on correctly. How do you stay grounded like that?
I got a good team around me. I got OG’s, I got a dope management team, I got dope people around me. You know what I’m saying? All that keeps me grounded and keeps my head on straight. I just got my own balance and I’ve been through a lot shit in my life and I lost a lot shit so I don’t wanna lose that again. I just want it so bad. I wanna be the best so bad. I got tunnel vision. I’m not about to let no stupid shit get in the way.
 
On the topic stupid shit, I wanted to ask about whatever is going on with IDK because, in the past, he’s shouted you out but…
Oh nah, that’s my homie. He’s just ten trolling and shit. That’s my homie. Not even f no trolling shit, it’s just funny. That’s my guy. 
 
I had a feeling because I saw that comment about the YBN Cordae diss track coming out and I was like “what the hell, I’ve seen these two dudes shout each other out before.” 
Yeah, he’s from Maryland. We both from Maryland so that’s my guy. He commented that and told me about it and I was laughing. Ain’t nobody worried about that. He was just being funny. We be downing on each other all the time.
 
I have to ask… What was your reaction when you found out about Jay and Blac Chyna?
I was like “Man, what the fuck!?” Like “bruh, get the fuck outta here!” I was like “shut up” and then to like see it everyday and shit. It’s just funny, dog. It’s just mad funny.
 
Nahmir was on the XXL Freshman List this year and your name keeps coming up next to Juice WRLD for the 2019 list. Obviously, that’s in a year but what would it mean for you to make that XXL Freshman list? 
It would be dope, it would be dope. It’s a goal for sure, it’s a goal for sure.
 
I feel like you would kill the freestyle and cypher material.
Yeah, I’ma have the best one! I’ma have the best one, by far.
 
This year, you’ve only dropped a few songs overall. What’s the first Cordae project going to sound like and do you have any plans on when it’s going to come out?
I don’t know when it’s gonna come out but I’m working on it now and it’s beautiful. 
 
When you get in the studio, what’s your process like? Do you have any weird rituals or habits or anything?
Nah, I just go in there and record. I listen to the beat and I start freestyling and get a hang my flow and after that, I just hit record. 
 
If you could listen to one album for the rest your life, which would it be?
Either Kanye West’s Graduation or… actually probably Kanye West’s Graduation.
 
Last week you dropped “Kung Fu.” What can we expect moving forward from you?
More dope music, bro. More dope singles and the best project the year. Dope shit.
 
I’ll let you chill with your family but thanks for taking a few minutesto talk to me, bro. You’ve got a big future ahead you. God bless.
I appreciate you, bro. God bless you.

The Internet Announces "Hive Mind" Track List & Release Date

The Internet have a big summer planned. Following the release “Roll (Burbank Funk),” and the news Hive Mind was close to completion, The Internet have announced their intentions to drop their return album on July 20th, 2018. To go along with the announcement, the group has provided the ficial track list, giving us a general idea the the conceptual frame work used on the album. All 13 songs seemingly communicate succinct positive messages. Group front woman Syd expressed her desire to bring together young Black people with an album preaching “reciprocity and love.” She stated, “After making a few songs we realized that we really want to use this album to live by example and promote camaraderie amongst young Black people,” in the amended version the group’s press release.

The Internet plan on touring the record extensively throughout the remainder 2018. The Internet have shown a tendency to acculturate their musical instruments, combining elements funk, soul and psychedelia into modern furnishings. Hive Mind is the group’s first record collectively since breaking apart temporarily to embark on solo projects back in 2015. The announcement also coincides with the release a second single “Come Over,” spearheaded by Syd’s sultry vocals.

The Hive

1. Come Together
2. Roll (Burbank Funk)
3. Come Over
4. La Di Da
5. Stay the Night
6. Bravo
7. Mood
8. Next Time/Humble Pie
9. It Gets Better (With Time)
10. Look What U Started
11. Wanna Be
12. Beat Goes On
13. Hold On