When did you first decide you wanted to pursue music and that rap was your calling?
The first time I knew I wanted to rap, was probably after listening to College Dropout, I decided I was going to be a rapper. But the first time I recorded, I was super young. I was like 12 or 13. It was at my cousin's studio in Chicago. I was ready, got all my shit together and recorded over two songs with Kanye beats and shit and I instantly fell in love with it.
How would you say Chicago influenced who you are as a person and an artist?
Chicago's got a super rich culture, so I mean, musically, so many different genres come through Chicago...blues movement, the origins of rock, house music and juke music, there's so many different movements that have come out of Chicago, so getting a lot of that, a lot of it translates into my music. And Chicago beyond the music is just a very cultured city. I can't really describe it, but I'd definitely be a different person if I wasn't from there.
Speaking of Chicago, Chief Keef is the go-to representation of Chicago hip-hop and Chicago youth in 2013. But then there are artists like you who are doing something completely different. What do you hope people realize about Chicago from listening to your music?
I mean, I have a different story to tell from any other nigga, but I think the reason a lot of people know more about Keef is because that movement was so blown up. Myself, I appreciate it because it brought light to Chicago in terms of the music scene, but beyond that, the gun violence efforts they're making in Chicago and the underfunded schools and just, I can appreciate that being brought to the limelight. But I have a lot of shit to tell. If you listen to my music, I do like to spread a message of fun and love... Every song I want to have a certain amount of resonance and have people take it in and respect it. I don't know, I can't necessarily tell you exactly what I want people to take from my music but I want people to listen to it. There are a million different things that they can take from it.
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