In France you said at 25 you want to be bulkier and tatted up.
JB: I mean, I think I’m going to get more tattoos.
Do you have any ideas for your next one?
JB: Right now, I have a couple tattoos, but I’m going to wait until I’m a little bit older to start thinking about more.
What other ones do you have?
JB: This one says, “Jesus” in Hebrew.
I feel like, If I would have lived in my hometown, I probably would have gotten in a lot more trouble. I was just in places where I could have gotten in trouble. I skateboarded a lot, just getting into the wrong stuff. I could’ve just hung out with the wrong friends.
Do people know about that one?
JB: I think so. Then this is the one I got when I was 16.
Oh, wow. What is that?
JB: That is the Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It’s a book about this seagull. Basically, the seagull wanted to be more than just a seagull.
And you want to be more than...
JB: I want to be more than just a regular person, extravagant. That’s what it’s about.
JB: My whole family has it, though. My grandma, my aunts, uncles, everybody. They all have it on their wrist, but I didn’t want to get it on my wrist. I wanted it in a different spot.
Do you give advice to your friends that you grew up with?
JB: Yeah, for sure. I feel like, If I would have lived in my hometown, I probably would have gotten in a lot more trouble. I was just in places where I could have gotten in trouble. I skateboarded a lot, just getting into the wrong stuff. I could’ve just hung out with the wrong friends. But here, I’m around great people, and I can still have my friends out. I’m not too... I’m held in, but I can still do some stuff.
Let’s talk about hip-hop. Every rapper fucks with you, from Tyler to Kanye to Wayne to Drake. What has the experience been like with, say, Tyler?
JB: He’s a really nice guy. I don’t know what he talks about and stuff, but man-to-man he’s a nice guy to talk to. I remember him saying, “Merry Christmas” to my family and stuff. He’s just a nice guy. I don’t know about his whole message. I don’t know if I believe in that completely, but...
Who have you learned the most from, besides Usher? You’ve worked with Kanye. I saw a picture with you and Wayne.
Who have you learned the most from? It doesn’t have to be music. It could be like, the coolness factor.
JB: Besides Usher?
Lil Twist is one of my best friends... He’s the one who introduced me to Wayne. And Wayne’s at the studio that I’m working at... We went skating at Wayne’s house the other day. He’s got the dopest skate ramps on the roof of his house
Yeah, because as part of your team you’re kind of supposed to learn from him. But who else have you learned the most from?
JB: Probably Drake. He’s given me good advice.
You guys talk a lot?
JB: Yeah. He hit me up yesterday. We just text and stuff, but he’s a great guy. We’ll start working together some more next week.
With 40 and stuff?
That’s going to be sick. With Wayne, I saw you guys were skateboarding. Are you guys working together?
JB: Lil Twist is one of my best friends. He’s out here in Miami. I’m about to go see him in like 15 minutes. He’s really dope, and he’s the one who introduced me to Wayne. And Wayne’s at the studio that I’m working at. So I’ve just been going over there and saying what’s up. We went skating at Wayne’s house the other day. He’s got the dopest skate ramps on the roof of his house.
Did he get injured when he was with you or no?
How’s he doing?
JB: He’s good. He tore his rotator cuff and still hopped back on the board the next day. He’s dope. He takes lessons every day. He’s got a guy who’s been teaching him.
Who are your five favorite rappers of all time?
JB: 2Pac, Andre 3000, Eminem, Nas and Lil Wayne.
Are you a fan of Jay at all?
JB: I’m a fan, but he’s not in my top five.
When we were backstage you were rapping and emulating everyone and stuff like that. How in tune are you with hip-hop? Do you get excited whenever someone drops a new record?
I would say Jay-Z and then Nas. So Jay-Z is in my top five.
So it’s a top six, kind of?
You’re younger than us, but you didn’t look 17. You dress like I would dress at 28. Are you excited for people to embrace that—not new you, because this is who you are—but to open it up for the world?
JB: They’re going to see. I just haven’t been out there in a while. I’ve been kind of low-key. I’ve been out a little bit. Once I start releasing my album and stuff, it’s going to be crazy, because I’m going to be out there on everything, like I was a year ago. I was on everything. I was going to every interview, every radio station, everything. So that’s what I’m going to do again. Now I’m just recording my album and getting ready.