What other sides do you think people are going to see?
Even when you just do one record with somebody, it brings out something in you that you probably wasn’t thinking about. It evokes a certain type of emotion just from having their energy on the track. So doing a whole project with somebody, I think I’m going to bring things out of him that he wasn’t thinking about and he’s going to bring out things of me. He gon’ bring out the suburban private school side of me. If there’s a hood side in Connecticut, then I’m going to bring that up out of him.
Before that, though, you’re dropping your solo project, Unconscious State. Tell us about the project?
Unconscious State has production from my big homie Denaun Porter, formerly of D12. We got Royce da 5’9 on the album, a joint with Danny Brown, I just did a verse for Tito Lopez’s project that’s coming and he’s about to do one for mine. A lot of people don’t know I produce too—I did a majority of this album. But I also reached out and worked with a lot of different producers. It’s going to be real crazy.
What’s the most personal song on the album?
“Off of You.” I talk about the stress that you go through in this industry. Sometimes, when you’re a struggling artist reality starts catching up to you. You look up and you’ve been doing it for so long; now your kid gotta go to school. You wish it could still be your top priority but there’s other things you gotta take care of. There’s also a joint called “Running Away” featuring my little sister, Jenna Noel. Her voice—it’s crazy for her to only be 18 years old, it takes you to like, the ’50s. It’s about battles with yourself over decisions you make.
And what’s your favorite song?
It’s a tie between two. “Two-Week Notice” is the anthem for everybody that wants to say, “Fuck my boss.” It’s like the “stand on top of the desk and take the fucking vase and throw it on the ground.”—it’s that anthem. Like Eminem said, “In Burger King/spittin' on ya onion rings.” For totally ignorant purposes, I have a song called “The Sarah Song” and it pretty much chronicles my tour life. It’s probably going to be the first single.
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