Is songwriting and rapping something you’ve always wanted to pursue?
Songwriting was definitely something I always wanted to do; I just didn’t know how I was going to get to this point. I always imagined myself to be a great singer as a kid. The first song I wrote—and it wasn’t a rap—was a sappy love song about how a dude cheated on me. It was really juvenile; I don’t even think I’d kissed a boy at that point. But for some reason I knew all about heartbreak when I wrote that love song. I’ve always had an enchantment with rhymes.
When did you really dig into the rapping game?
Rapping just kind of came. As a kid I would write raps and record things just because I was so bored at home. When I was older I released my project Shades of Gray, one of the songs on it was “Gangsta” and that was the first time I really took the song serious. I really just to write on subjects about my life.
Is “Gangsta” one of your favorite songs?
It’s definitely one of my most personal songs. I don’t really have favorites, but “Gangsta” is definitely a special song because it is so personal and got me to where I am today. So it’s an important one, I would say.
Do you have any rapper in mind for a remix of “Gangsta”?
I want to reach out to 50 cent. I definitely would not mind having him on the remix.
Is he someone you admire?
Absolutely. First of all, he’s an amazing writer and songwriter. What he created for himself is amazing. He did what he had to do to get out of the lifestyle he was in and once he was out, he created stability for himself and his business. He’s thriving and hopefully happy, so I’m happy for him.
How do you define success and do you feel that you’re successful at this point in your life?
I think success is happiness. I think that this industry can be very unforgiving and cutthroat and full of a lot of unnecessary drama. But as long as I stay loyal to the music and what’s really important, I’m okay.