You and Kanye have been spending a lot of time together. How did you guys link up?
It was just by the grace of God. I was at Craig’s [restaurant], having dinner in LA with Rich, my guy at Fashion Nova. And I ran into Kanye randomly at Craig’s. We got haircuts at Craig’s. It was totally out of the blue, and we just started hanging out in LA. We’ve got a lot of positive things coming. It’s just been an amazing week for me. I’m sitting here with Mr. Tim at Amazon Music right now, having a meeting, so I’ve been grateful for the last 21 days.
What’s it been like spending so much time with Kanye?
We’re just excited about the Donda sports brand, and making this thing a competitive sports brand to the athletes. I don’t think there’s a lot of fashion lines for athletes, wearing fashionable and comfortable clothes, so with a guy like Kanye West, being able to partner with him and work with him to provide more creative, genius ideas for fashion looks for athletes in general… I’m just grateful for the opportunity here soon, to share what we’ve got with the world. And you guys are hearing it first, we got some exciting things to look forward to this year.
Have you guys made music together? Anything for Donda 2 or for your album?
We’ve got some stuff coming, so be sure to get that. Donda 2’s coming; be sure to look for that. Himmothy 2 is coming as well.
I feel like you and Kanye are kindred spirits in a lot of ways, and you have similar mentalities. Do you think that’s why you get along with him so well?
Absolutely. We’re all about being our best selves, staying true to ourselves in the midst of whatever’s going on, and being able to take advantage of your narrative. Some people will make up things when they talk about you, and create this persona, but you’ve got to be true to yourself and stand up for the things you stand for. It’s about being your best self and being who you are.
”I was in the studio with Ye. He was finishing his verse and then he started asking for some bars, like, ‘Who got bars?’ [Laughs.] I’m like, ‘Yo, that’s your job. That ain’t my job to have no bars.’”
How would you describe the music you’ve been making? What are the songs about?
It’s just about being a champion, overcoming adversity, persevering, and not letting people get in your head or dictate your position. Just being driven, being exciting, and being encouraging.
Have you made music with anyone besides Kanye lately? Any other big collabs?
Yeah, I’ve got some. I got 42 Dugg, Jacquees, Fivio Foreign, Sean Kingston. So we’re going to have a lot of variety of hot artists in different genres that’s going to get the people excited.
There were photos of you hanging out with Madonna, Floyd Mayweather, Kanye, The Game, and all these stars from different parts of culture. What is it like being in a room like that?
There’s a lot of energy in one room. Kanye, Madonna, Floyd, Rich. It’s just a great environment, being around good people that are living out their dreams. And for me to be around those types of people, I’m beyond grateful. This is an exciting moment for me.
I know you had a conversation with Floyd. Did he share any words of wisdom?
Yeah, he’s always dropping jewels on me, making sure I understand the purpose of being great and waking up every morning with that intention, understanding that I can’t let my talent go to waste. There’s still a lot of football to be played. And I know I’m rapping, but a lot of people want to come to the stadium and see me, so it’s just about keeping that vision, keeping that goal in the midst of everything, and hopefully I can get back soon.