VIBE: Who did the production on this project?
KK: I love Matt and Syd. I always want them on every project I do. So Matt did some beats. And there was one beat where me, Subtract and Matt were in the room together. There's Kronos, a U.K. producer, and Star Slinger who’s also from the U.K., Donald [Glover, aka Childish Gambino] produced some as well, and [Odd Future member] Earl Sweatshirt and Very Rare, a producer who works with A$AP Ferg and those guys. I definitely pushed for Earl’s beat, and I definitely pushed for Donald’s because they produce a lot and you wouldn’t really know.
VIBE: Going into features, who’s on the mixtape and why did you choose to work with them?
KK: I like working organically. I don’t like getting pushed into the studio with people I don’t really know. I worked with Donald again. It’s really fun because we have the same perfectionist mindset. He sent me a beat for one [song] and he’s also featured as a rapper. I have Vince Staples on one song. The day we recorded with Vince, there was a million people in the studio -- Harry Fraud, Action Bronson, Earl, Vince 88 Keys. I kept calling people in to do little ad-libs. It was fun having Vince on one of Earl’s beats. And I had a few of my girlfriends and my DJ do a few ad-libs. I just wanted a very layered album that sounded like we were having a lot of fun, which we were. There’s a lot of screw ups on K+ if you listen really closely – it’s not perfect. That was the point of the tape: to highlight all the imperfections. I think it’s more interesting that way. It gives people more insight into how [the process] actually works so you don’t have this flawed idea of how people are.
VIBE: Would you say that you have a chemistry with Childish Gambino? You guys have worked together a few times now.
KK: Yeah, that’s the thing. When I make music with people, I want to be friends. I want to text you when I see something funny on TV. If you’re in town, I want to hang out. I don’t want it to be some fake thing, like we just work together. With Donald, immediately from when we were working last year on his project, we hung out and we always continue to.
VIBE: Are you in talks with any labels?
KK: We’re always on/off in talks with labels. We had offers from the beginning when Homeschool dropped, then we kind of held off because during that time I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. It took me making this project to realize what kind of music I liked making. Luckily, I did hold off because then you would’ve been expecting another Homeschool. I would’ve been in left field somewhere, making some weird Disney Channel song. I feel like eventually I’ll sign. Me and J. Scott are kinda just our own team. It’s also a pride thing. I just want to do it myself.
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