Jeff Bhasker: "[He pushes] everyone around him and everyone who works with him. It's infectious. He surrounds himself with people that are of the highest quality at what they do and then turns you on your head. He breaks you out of what you normally do. It all goes together in his music, regardless of genre. He's just an inspiring person.

 

He surrounds himself with people that are of the highest quality at what they do and then turns you on your head. He breaks you out of what you normally do.

 

"I think that came across a little bit more when it was the, 'He's a producer, not a rapper' and he said, 'Well I'm gonna show you I rap.' I think that came across, the, 'Hey, I have a goal and I'm gonna accomplish it.' Now he's just looked at as the best rapper, but people forget [he wasn't always seen that way]. Now he challenges himself by doing fashion—doing anything—and he's not gonna take no for an answer and he's not gonna let someone else tell him what he can do.

"He's gonna define what he can do. When you get around that it rubs off on you or else you're not gonna last very long in that environment. I think everyone who gets around him, he pushes and gets the best out of them. If you wanna be good at something, you have to be around the best people. He's not gonna settle. Once you realize he's not gonna settle then there's nothing left to do but deliver something great."