Living in L.A.

Phlo Finister: “My best friend’s mom took me in—her name is Teena Marie, she died last year. Then my other best friend, Raven [Diggs], she was also around and her godparents were Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. So I’ve always kind of been behind the scenes in the music area with a lot of influential people around.

 

My best friend's mom took me in—her name is Teena Marie. Teena heard one of my songs and was like, 'You’re Morrison.' She compared my mood and my tone to Jim Morrison and that’s one of my favorite bands, The Doors.

 

“When Teena took me in, it was very fun because me and her daughter had a close connection. We had been friends but it was also a learning experience because I would wake up in the morning listening to her singing beautiful song lyrics, playing on the piano.

"One thing I remember she told me before she passed away, she heard one of my songs and was like, 'You’re Morrison.' She compared my mood and my tone to Jim Morrison and that’s one of my favorite bands, The Doors. Musically, growing up under that household put me in a place where I knew what I was gonna do with my life.

“I’ve always been popular with people in L.A.—it’s a very small community of people. I went to school with Mike G from Odd Future. It’s cool because the whole Fairfax movement and what’s going on around here—I’ve been hanging out on that block since I was 15, around that age—you would hang out at specific places with specific people and everybody was sort of a collective of friends.”