When you're sitting in the basement trying to get on, you have no choice - you've gotta figure out how to make a song: 'I've gotta bang on these buttons until it sounds good.'
I started playing instruments before I started making beats, and I was never the best guitarist or the best pianist or the best drummer. And when I started making beats, I was not the best beatmaker, and when I started making hooks, I was not the best vocal melody person. When I first started rapping, I wasn't the best rapper at all.
When I was making beats, I don't remember thinking about doing it as a career, I just remember that every day I wanted to do it.
My best friend - who I've known since I was 12 - and I started the DIEMON company together.
I feel like I love a little bit of everything. I grew up listening to the stuff my parents liked, from Earth, Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Billy Joel to Bruce Springsteen and The Mommas & The Poppas.
I think people sometimes get my message misconstrued and believe I'm trying to brag, but I'm genuinely trying to show people that you can do it all yourself, and there's so much power and freedom in that.
I'm not obsessed with the idea of doing what you're supposed to be doing when you're a rapper. Walking around with cash that you haven't even provisioned for tax. Spending all of your time in the designer store to create some weird impression. I'm not interested, bro. I just like making music, and that's it.
Every time I put out music and it goes well, it's a confirmation of your taste and your gut.
I don't deviate - once you get validated for being you, I don't know why you would deviate. I stick to my gut and my taste.
I would have only doubted myself if I was really attached to the result of what I was doing, but I was always doing it and will always do it for the love of making songs, and if you liked it you liked it, if you didn't, you didn't. It was always pure and always will be pure.
Drake and Kanye make me want to get better.
Drake is my favorite rapper.
From the engineer to the producer, all of these roles are critical to creating a song.
If you're an artist, create music and put it out on the Internet. If you do this consistently, your fan base will continue growing, and that will power your entire career.
I'm not sitting around, waiting for something to run across the Internet so I can go, 'Oh, that's what I'mma write about.' I just go around, live life, make music, and it's epic.
Trends die. That's the natural thing about a trend. It's natural for people to be followers and be sheep and go with a trend.
When I made 'What They Want,' I was going crazy. When I made 'Losin Control,' I was going crazy, when I made all the songs that are on my Soundcloud, every time I was out, I went crazy, like it was still the first song that I made.
Advice number one: listen to your gut - it's never gonna lead you wrong. Number two: trust yourself. The root of everything is self-belief.
I didn't go to my prom. I didn't go to my homecoming.
That's the thing: I'm not opposed to working with people. I'm just not one of these people that feels the need to hop around the industry and get this guy's beat and get this guy's hook.