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Mateo:

The first album I ever purchased was actually Lauryn Hill's Miseducation. And to this day, she's just -- it's just one of my favorite albums. And I'm mad every day that I do not have a third album, but that's one of my favorite artists. Quitting my job in New York and moving to L.A. was the biggest risk, because I had a paycheck every two weeks, and had benefits, and I was like, you know what, I'm gonna give it all up for music, move out to L.A., and not have a place to stay for a few months. But it was worth it, because I'm here sitting with you right now. I feel like I'd be mad shit with Chris Martin of Coldplay. I just think we've got -- I don't know. I don't know if it's a fan thing. He probably -- it might be scary to him, but I feel like we could be really good friends. My most expensive purchase? I been broke for, like, five years, so as a starving artist. So it's gonna be something like, I went to Red Lobster, and I ordered the lobster, so that probably was my most expensive -- Nah, I think some shoes that I probably bought, maybe a few years ago from like Barneys. I splurged. I didn't know how I was gonna pay rent, but I was just like I'm gonna get 'em anyways. I have three fans that all dressed alike, and they, they created like a mural of different sayings that were incorporated on my songs on it. But it was like head-to-toe, like, I mean, like pants, T-shirt, you know what I mean? And I saw them in the audience, and I'm like, are they dressed alike? And like, what are those words on there? Like, you know what I mean? It was kinda creepy, but it was flattering too. It was definitely flattering. Dream collaboration would definitely be with one of my favorite bands, Coldplay, or, I'm a big Kanye West fan. Actually, Kendrick Lamar is probably -- he probably is number 1 on my list right now, because he's killing 'em right now. He's so killing 'em right now. And he just has influenced my music so much in terms of just his ability to tell stories, which is something that I've always wanted to do, and I respect him a lot and I would like to do some music with him. Celebrity crush? I got crushes. I got definitely Rita Ora. I have a huge crush on Rita Ora. I always have a crush on Rihanna, I think, you know, I just think she's fly as hell. And Selita Ebanks. Definitely on top of my list, too. I think my favorite song is probably a song I've wished that I wrote. You know what I'm saying? I'm like, dang, they got to that before me. I think Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" is like, is definitely up there. I think that's an amazing song. Shit. Shit is definitely my favorite cuss word. It just works with everything. "That's good shit." You know what I'm saying? "That shit's dope." You know what I'm saying. Or -- "I had a real shitty day." You know, everything just works. You could put it in anything. Substitute. Hey, what's up, y'all? I'm Mateo, and I'm a Complex individual.


In our latest episode of Complex Individuals, Mateo reveals his favorite cuss word and celebrity crush, which bounces between Rihanna, Rita Ora and Selita Ebanks. Nothing wrong with that rotation of beautiful ladies.

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