- What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
My greatest inspiration derived from my love for creating poetry and my versatility when it came to my wordplay. I knew I was different, and once I actually stepped into a booth, it felt like I was fulfilling something right, not only for myself but also for the ears of many.
- What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced as an emerging artist, and how have you overcome them?
I'd say managing to afford putting out music as well as maintaining a somewhat solid lifestyle outside of it.
- Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?
I'd definitely say Brent, Wale, J Cole, and Drake are my biggest influences with this music I'm making. They're some of the most versatile out there, and they're the best at painting pictures with their words and creating stories with their projects.
- How do you approach the songwriting process, and where do you draw inspiration from for your lyrics and melodies?
I approach it based on how I'm feeling in the moment of time, how the beat makes me feel, and what memory automatically clicks in my mind when I'm hearing it. From there, I soar. If I'm not feeling anything, I'll just put it away because I never want to force myself to write ANYTHING.
- What can listeners expect from your upcoming album or project, and how does it differ from your previous work?
They can expect a story, they can expect to feel beyond what they hear, and they can expect my best work yet, undoubtedly; a song for every occasion or mood.
- How has your background or life experiences influenced your music and artistic vision?
Just my lifetime interactions with many women of all ages and demographics have definitely allowed me to broaden my insight on women and how they think, which ultimately translated to a newfound respect for women as a whole. So most of what I talk about is love, women, and real-life shit.
- Can you talk about a particularly memorable or inspiring performance you've had, and what made it special?
Probably being able to perform at this small open mic event in LA. It was special because all the feedback spoke highly of what was reflective of what's to come from me, which is a quality engaging performance each time I go out there.
- What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what message do you want to convey through your art?
More than anything, I want listeners to know that everything comes with risk, everything you love is followed by a challenge... or six, so don't quiver, don't run, and don't hide from those obstacles that will ultimately help you grow. It's okay to love something or someone hard!
- How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes as an artist?
I guess you can say now it's more centered around fronting and flexing. The quality stuff isn't what people want to hear; they just kind of want to live in a fantasy lifestyle. My adaptation to that has solely been to emphasize the real shit even more.
- What advice would you give to other emerging artists who are just starting out in the industry?
Sacrifices are necessary in every sense of the word. You must give it all you've got if you want to achieve all it has for you.