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So, you say “Sister Act 2″ is what inspired you to sing?

Very much. Very much so. Lauryn Hill was killing it, man. She was killing it!

How would you describe your style of music?

It’s straightforward and in your face. I’m a groove type artist and it’s a certain bounce that my [music] gives you. There’s no beating around the bush and no sugar coating it. It is what it is, you know?

Okay, let’s talk about your single, “I Luv This Sh*t”. You teamed up with Trinidad James to record that track. How did you get Trinidad to do the record and whose idea was it to put him on it?

Trin, that’s my guy. I had that song for about six months before he even touched it but I knew that was the first [song] I wanted anybody to hear from me. What’s cool about it is, he and I get tatted at the same tattoo shop and we have some mutual friends who had been trying to connect us for a minute. Then I heard, “All Gold Everything,” so it was a no brainer for me. The lifestyle he embodies is everything the song is about. So, I had to go get him. I had a session with Curren$y, I called him to the studio, played him the record and he hopped on it. I had to go to Houston. So, I left it with him and as soon as he was finished with it he sent it over to me.

What other artists and producers did you work with on the album?

We got a bunch of young artists that’s grinding and are on my team. We keep it in the family. So, it’s a dude named Cassius Jay, a guy by the name of Knucklehead, and The Exclusives, and we all are in the same camp. We, [also], got Curren$y, Roscoe Dash, Juelz Santana and of course we got Trinidad James on the tape. So it’s a good look.

What can we expect to learn from you on the album?

Actually, it might give you a little too much. When I was working on it, I struggled with that all the time. Like how much of myself do I give to the people? But, at the end of the day, [if I didn’t give them me] I would be cheating myself and cheating the people because it’s so many people out there like me that I could help. So, that’s really what it’s all about for me.

What artist past or present would you say inspires you to make music?

Tupac. Man, look at Pac. You see what Pac did for the world? You see what type of person he was? He made an impact on the world and he changed a lot of people’s lives. No matter how much people may talk bad about him, what he was doing was for the people. I salute him and if I could have ever did a song with anybody it would be Pac.


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