VIBE: How did the collaboration with the Flatbush Zombies come about?
KK: Well… They’re creepy, and that’s like the creepiest song on the tape. Meech’s voice is just crazy, amazing. And I knew that since I worked with them on "Jupiter sounds" on their tape, I wanted to have them on this one. They’re also a really creative group, but I didn’t want it to be done in the way that most people do features. I didn’t want people to wait around to hear Flatbush Zombies and all the features on my tape. I didn’t want people to wait around like, "Oh I heard Donald Glover’s on this. Let me wait for his verse." I tried to do them suddenly in a way that’s truly a mix of their style and my style. So I had them say something at the end.
VIBE: K+ is the title of the mixtape. Why that name?
KK: I don't know; it was the summer time and I was sitting in my room and as most ideas come to me, they just come... I wanted it to be a collaborative tape and I wanted to branch out and not necessarily work with the same producers, because Homeschool is such a product of me and [Odd Future group] The Internet. It's our baby; it’s not just my tape. It's also theirs. It’s all their production. On this one, I wanted to be like, "Okay, what would I make personally?" I found all the beats I would love listening to and all this stuff that's a little less spacey and a little less astro than what The Internet would do. They have their own inspirations and I have my own inspirations. It’s a little bit darker and more R&Bish from there.
VIBE: Would you call it a collection of your thoughts?
My idea was to document what it is to make a mixtape, and the actual music is just whatever’s left. It’s kind of hard to explain. I always consider myself a fine artist first and then if people want to call me a rapper or whatever… My heart is always going to be in making concepts and trying to explain ideas and bring people into my world a little more.
VIBE: You previously said your sound is singy, talky, rappy. How would you describe your sound now. Has it changed?
KK: It has changed. I’m still singy, talky, rapping, but I think since then, I definitely feel more comfortable. At some points when I listen to Homeschool now, I get a little cringy because I can hear how uncomfortable or unsure I was. Most people didn’t really get that from it. They just were like, "It's very conversational and chill." For me, it feels like I’m reading and I’m like, "Uh, is this okay?" Naturally, I’ve been doing it for a little bit longer and I’ve learned more. On the last one, I didn’t really choose the beats. I wrote the songs and recorded them. I wasn’t sitting down with the mixer and the engineer, and I wasn’t cutting and splicing up ad-libs myself in Pro Tools. This time I was.
VIBE: Who did the production on this project?