Isaiah Rashad: “I had been working on a project for two years and going over a gang of ideas. That’s really what my Soundcloud was up until ‘Shot You Down.’ All of those songs are just parts of different ideas I was going for a project at the time.

[My project was gonna be called] Pieces of A Kid. It was inspired by Gil Scott Heron’s Pieces of A Man. But then, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, two similar titles. I rethought the idea of the project after the signing.

“At first it was going to be like eight tracks for a one-and-a-half-minutes, just verses. Then it was going to be some alternative, black-power shit. Then it was going to be some eclectic-alien shit. Then it was going to be some Southern-banging shit. Now it’s kind of all of it, except for the banging shit. It ain’t like with the intention of turning up to it, that’s not my shit. I just want you to vibe out to it. Have a good time and put you in a certain mood. It’s real peaceful, real calmful.

“It was gonna be called Pieces of a Kid. It was inspired by Gil Scott Heron’s Pieces of a Man. But then, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, two similar titles. When that album came out, I was still going to call it Pieces of a Kid, but I rethought the idea of the project after the signing.

“I changed the name to Cilvia. I want it to make me feel the same way I feel when I listen to New Amerykah Pt. 2 or Tha Carter II. I’m looking for that feeling. Even if you playing it in the background and you’re not paying attention to it, it just feels good.”