Working With The Perfectionist, No I.D.
"[When I was putting my mixtape together and having A&R meetings], I randomly got a call from Chris Anokute who works at Def Jam and he was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m just at the crib now, I have a session later.’ He’s like, ‘I’m here with No ID and he wants to meet you.’ I go by No ID’s and he's like, ‘Hey man, this is the third time that I heard a song from you and it was great, that doesn’t happen. I’m the pickiest guy ever. There is a song that you did before and the person was like I can get you to meet him and nothing happened and the second time somebody said I can get you to meet him, nothing happened. So this time when somebody said it, I said get him right now on the phone, call him in front of me then,’ which was Chris Anaqute did.
No I.D. told me was like, 'Now we have to be legendary. You can’t just come in being good. You can’t just come in and perform at the same level as the competition because they have been there longer than you.
"[After performing for No ID as an artist and getting signed by him, I put together a muse board of songs.] He was like, ‘That’s not going to work, that’s not going to work.’ I think that by the end of the day there was only one song. In my head, ‘I’m like these are the songs that made you sign me.’ He was like, 'Yes, but now we have to be legendary. You can’t just come in being good. You can’t just come in and perform at the same level as the competition because they have been there longer than you. You have to come at them better.’
"No ID was like 'I want the best, I know you can be great. I get it, we all get it, he writes great songs but he has to write better for himself. You can’t give people better records than you have on your album. This has been the downfall of a lot of people’s careers.'"