Last week, the rapper KYLE found himself sobbing in the middle of a Kid Cudi concert.           

“He’s had such a huge impact on me...I always take a piece of the knowledge I got from growing up on him, into everything I do,” KYLE said, when he called me on the phone from his front stoop in Los Angeles. “It’s always real fandom here.”

The 23-year-old rapper gushed about Kid Cudi with the same amount of genuine exuberance he (seemingly) brings to everything else he does. He was equally excited discussing about his upcoming Netflix movie, his new partnership with UGG, or, when I met him in New York a week later, about his appearance at ComplexCon last weekend.

KYLE has reason to be gleeful. The past six months have been what a young artist could only dream of: His breakout single “iSpy”—with an assist from Lil Yachty—went platinum three times, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard rap chart and No. 4 on the Hot 100. The song has amassed well over 400 million streams to date. In June, he graced the cover of XXL Magazine as a member of this year’s Freshman Class of rising hip-hop stars. All of which is to say that KYLE has established himself as a star in a very short amount of time.