“You’ll definitely hear my influences. I wear my inspirations on my sleeve. It’s so weird to me that it's OK to take something from Nas’ Illmatic because that was 20 years ago, but you can’t take something from Drake. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a difference between taking exact words, but I’m just very open with it.
The album is along the lines of good kid, m.A.A.d City more than anything else because it’s a dark story, that’s just what it is.
“The inspiration comes from the old legends to the new legends; from A Tribe Called Quest to OutKast, from Drake to Kendrick Lamar to J. Cole, even underground cats like Goldlink and Michael Christmas. I got KRS-One-Mad Crew vocals on there, all types of crazy shit. It’s all over the place.
“The album is along the lines of good kid, m.A.A.d City more than anything else because it’s a dark story, that’s just what it is. Stankonia, Nothing Was the Same, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II, Midnight Marauders, Wu-Tang Forever, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Born Sinner, these are all things I took elements from. I was like, 'These are the things that I love, these are the things that inspired me, that’s what I’m going to do.'
“I don’t give a fuck about comparisons. Does it sound good? Yeah. Are the raps good? Yeah. Are the beats good? Yeah. Is the story real and authentic, does it check out? Yeah. OK then, shut the fuck up!”