When Vory fully immerses himself in the creation process, his mask—metaphorical and literal—comes off, because that’s one of the only aspects of his life where he lets people get to know him. “Everybody who knows me, knows I hold shit in,” he explains. “If I feel some way, it’s going to be somewhere in a song.” He brings this mentality to Lost Souls, where he croons through stories about relationships, heartbreak, and suicidal thoughts. 

“The person who made me realize my twisted thoughts weren’t so twisted was Ye, because we think alike,” he tells me, explaining how important their friendship is. “I was just talking to him today. We’ve been talking through my best friend who’s also his assistant, because he hasn’t been wanting to talk to anybody. He’s taking a year off, and he was like, ‘Damn, you think Vory is going to be mad at me if I don’t go to his release party?’ And I was like, ‘Nah, you’re straight, bro.’ He’s battling his own shit. That’s my dog, I learned a lot from him.”

“The person who made me realize my twisted thoughts weren’t so twisted was Ye, because we think alike.”

Ye and Vory are similar in that way. They each wear their hearts on their sleeves and aren’t ashamed to share their stories—the good, the bad, or the ugly. From the hilariously toxic “Happy Birthday 2U” to the soberingly honest “Not My Friends,” Vory remains completely transparent throughout Lost Souls, accepting all of his past traumas and transgressions the same. “I think I got comfortable [being vulnerable] because I used to have an ex named Madeline, and she used to always be like, ‘You’re so jaded.’ She used to tell me all this shit, and then she died,” he says with a serious look on his face. “She OD’d on fentanyl, and then, I don’t know, I always lived in the shadows, but I was deep in the shadows then. That made me open up more.”

Vory embraces how his scars have affected his outlook on love, but he doesn’t make excuses for himself. He understands how his own mistakes have played a role in the downfall of some of his relationships. Lost Souls standout “Chanel Fix” was inspired by the time Vory had to gift his ex a Chanel bag every time he cheated on her, and that ex eventually tallied 41 Chanel bags, as the song goes. “She has a big collection,” he says now, half-jokingly. On “Lesson Learned,” he raps about a past lover, while simultaneously including a voicemail from a different one at the end of the same song (a choice that we both agreed was compelling and bold, but a little crazy).