What’s the biggest thing you learned about yourself while working on the album? 
I learned so much, honestly. This is the first time in my life where I could begin to learn true independence by living alone. I was feeling like I’d seen so much and lived so many lives already, but that was a good reminder, like, oh wait, there’s still new things out there for me to experience. That’s exciting. And that’s what life is about: knowing that each day could be different. It’s on another level for me now that I get to live my dream. There’s a feeling of liberation and I know that I achieved this goal that I had in my mind for so long. Now I can live in the reality of that goal. Each day is an opportunity to grow, so I just keep my eyes open and my ears open and I enjoy the ride.

I know you and your family moved a lot when you were growing up. How did that influence your approach to music and outlook on life? 
Honestly, it made me very adaptive very quickly. Being in so many different environments and having the experience to be around so many different types of personalities and demographics of people made me so well-rounded in my approach when it comes to communicating. So when I got to other places, iI had an ability to read people. It was a blessing and a curse, because on one end, I had all the tools I needed. I had every resource I needed in terms of dealing with people. On the flip side of that, it might have made me antisocial sometimes. I can already tell what type of person you are, and so with that, it made me a really great observer and thinker. 

When it comes to my approach with music, you can hear all these different perspectives, even the same thing or multiple things. I moved every two years. I’ve seen different things and I’ve heard different things that most people don’t, so I don’t have the experience of having a neighborhood that I grew up in. Everybody knew everybody since elementary and we all graduated high school together. That’s a norm for people. I didn’t even realize that until I was later in my young life. I could never really comprehend that. 

Also, being from a split parent home was very conducive to me now as an artist, because in each person’s car I was in, they were listening to something different. That made me want to explore what music actually was. If I could hear all these different types of sounds and genres and still enjoy something from it, I realized music is bigger than this genre or that genre. It’s a feeling. It’s an energy. It’s a universal language.

Who is on your list of dream collaborations? 
There are a few artists out there who I can look at and identify with. A lot of my favorites passed away, but currently there are some people out there like Billie. I think me and Billie Eilish would do something crazy. I think that would be unexpected for most people, but it makes sense. And of course, me and Keem. 

Who are your top five artists right now? 
So in no particular order… And we’re going to start off with me. Dot for sure. I got to put Frank Ocean in there. I got to put 3 Stacks. Oh, that’s four already. Let me slow down a little bit. See, you doing me dirty. Five? You’re setting me up. OK, hold on, I got to show a lady love. I’m going to put Missy Elliott in there.

What’s the most important thing people should know about you right now? 
I’m not a stranger to being an underdog, so I don’t have a problem putting in the work and proving myself. I’m letting everybody know now, I’m going to be here for a really long time. So, nice to meet you.