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pineappleCITI- “Dance”

Rising hip-hop artist pineappleCITI returns with visuals to her single “Dance,” out today. Flipping the script on Dancing with The Stars, CITI’s latest video offers a clever play on the popular dance competition, adding a unique and comedic hip-hop flair. Featuring slick lyricism alongside an upbeat tempo, “Dance” blends melodic rhythms with Latin-influenced guitar and percussions, making an irresistible track that lives up to its name. 

One of TIDAL’s Rising Hip-Hop cover artists this year and featured on NBA2K20, NBA2K21, and Netflix’s Sneakerheads, pineappleCITI is equal parts rapper, singer, and acclaimed songwriter. Named one of Okayplayer’s 25 Underrated Female Rappers, she has penned works for Twista and Kelly Rowland. In the same year, she celebrated the release of her viral hit “Rose Colored” and suffered a near-fatal car crash, causing her to learn how to walk again over the course of two years. 

With a focus on songs that feature motivational lyricism and powerful messages, she has released a number of recent singles, including “Recognize,” “Believe,” and “Lift Me Up,” the latter of which was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.

For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old-school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The FADER, PAPER, Complex, and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music.

To keep up with pineappleCITI visit her Website or follow her on Instagram,  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

BONGO BYTHEWAY

BONGO BYTHEWAY’S LATEST WINS

No stranger to prodigious acclaim across music genres spanning from Hip-Hop to Gospel and R&B to Afrobeat, Grammy Award-winning super-producer, songwriter, entertainer Bongo ByTheWay makes significant Q4 wins with his most recent productions on Ty Dolla $ign’s Billboard-charting project Featuring Ty Dolla $ign with “Status” and “Everywhere;” R&B sensation DaniLeigh’s My Terms” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and “Last Night” off her recently released album, Movie; Sevyn Streeters sultry, tropical banger “Kissez” featuring Davido and the heavy-hitting, chart-topping single “Gifted” by Cordae featuring Roddy Ricch.

Bongo has aided in creating an array of the most regarded music we have received in this generation — creating a track record for seamlessly fusing genres, styles and proficiencies that have remained unparalleled since his emergence on the music scene. What is the key to his refined talent, an ear for music excellence and budding legacy, you may ask? His dynamic upbringing; being of Nigerian descent and more. Bongo has seen a multitude of successes creating profuse amounts of hits, working alongside industry leaders and creating sonic-excellence only he is capable of producing. Consistently creating bangers across all genres of music that separates him from your standard creatives, this is only the start to his budding legacy as he continues to forge a blueprint for future producers following his path.

Bongo has aided in creating an array of the most regarded music we have received in this generation — creating a track record for seamlessly fusing genres, styles and proficiencies that have remained unparalleled since his emergence on the music scene. What is the key to his refined talent, an ear for music excellence and budding legacy, you may ask? His dynamic upbringing; being of Nigerian descent and more. Bongo has seen a multitude of successes creating profuse amounts of hits, working alongside industry leaders and creating sonic-excellence only he is capable of producing. Consistently creating bangers across all genres of music that separates him from your standard creatives, this is only the start to his budding legacy as he continues to forge a blueprint for future producers following his path.

Keep up with Bongo ByTheWay

WEBSITE: https://www.bongobytheway.com

IG: @BongoByTheWay 

About Bongo ByTheWay

Uforo “Bongo” Ebong, better known as Bongo ByTheWay, is a Grammy-winning platinum record producer originally from Nigeria and raised in both Florida and Rhode Island (currently residing in Los Angeles, CA). Bongo became known for his unparalleled talent with production; he also plays bass, piano and a multitude of other percussion instruments. As a child who grew up in the church, Bongo took to music as an outlet early on and received teaching from his musically inclined older brother beginning at age eight. By the time he was eleven Bongo began creating his own beats and got his first major placement on a Musiq Soulchild track when he was only 18. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Florida, Bongo relocated to the entertainment epicenter of Los Angeles to focus on his music full-time. But despite his early expression of talent and validation from big names in the industry, Bongo ByTheWay never stopped striving to get better and better and merge his instrumentalist background with the wave of new technology available. As the rising super-producer has explained, I grew up appreciating organic sounds. I played in the church, I grew up listening to Erykah Badu and The Roots, people that really have that feel of the instrumentation. But at the same time, I do appreciate the nuances of technology because they allow you to express yourself in a new way and have different soundscapes that are cutting edge.” 

As his career was taking off majorly beginning in 2013, Bongo became widely known for his production on Big Sean’s number one album Dark Sky Paradise and Documentary 2 by The Game. Bongo’s unique high-caliber production turned heads throughout the industry and has since led him to producing tracks for Roddy Ricch, Nipsey Hussle, Jeremih, Eric Bellinger, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg and Future among many others. He’s a 4-time Grammy nominated producer for songs with YBN Cordae and BJ the Chicago Kid and his landmark Grammy Award winning production on “Free From It All” by Hip Hop – Gospel crossover star Lecrae and his extensive discography has cemented him as one of THE most sought-after producers for popular urban music. In the summer of 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, Bongo ByTheWay secured two Billboard number ones for his chart-topping production on Teyana Taylor’s The Album and Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. A high-achieving person by nature, there’s no doubt that BongoByTheWay won’t stop his grind, no matter how many accolades he earns. As this super-producer says himself, If you’re not truly passionate about it, you’re not going to go the extra mile.”

Sheck Wes – 2020 Draft

Harlem rapper and basketball enthusiast Sheck Wes has released a new track — aptly titled — “2020 Draft.” Earlier today, Sheck posted to socials that he has been in training camps and in talks with teams, warming up the baseline for the new release. The song which comes with its official music video follows Sheck’s signature combination of hard hitting song balanced with his entertaining personality. Sheck Wes recruits Ronnie 2K, Zack Bia, John O,  Moe Black, Mok Lite, Father Steve, Cian Moore, Kidthewiz, and Sturdy Max all of which can be seen in the comedic visual. In “2020 DRAFT” we see Sheck in training mode, “showtiming” in subway cars, dribbling on the courts and all around being the larger than life New York personality we have come to know. Listen to track below, or via video above.

SHECK WES “2020 DRAFT /#BEENBALLIN” ESINGLE

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The “Mo Bamba” phenom soundtracked a summer and beyond with his viral hit. Since then he’s released a debut album Mudboy (2018, Cactus Jack/ G.O.O.D. Music/ Interscope Records) walked countless fashion shows in New York, Paris, Dubai, London, starred in Kanye West’s opera and more recently, splitting his time between Harlem and Senegal to build community projects and youth programs in the region. The 22 year old Jackboi artist has travelled the globe performing his high energy tracks and adding his signature as features on tracks with Juice Wrld, Chase B, DJ Snake, and more. Now at work on his follow up album (coming out in 2021), Sheck Wes continues to create music that riles up any crowd with his larger than life personality and signature sound.

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Lil Wayne illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

LIL WAYNE DROPS “NFL” MUSIC VIDEO

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne drops the fast-paced music video for his latest single “NFL.” The video features Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby and was released via Young Money Records/Republic Records. Scenes from the “NFL” music video are also featured in Amazon Prime Video’s new live sports promo.
Lil Wayne has also curated his own playlist for Amazon Music titled “Handpicked with Lil Wayne: Songs for Game Day,” featuring 28 songs including a mix of his own music as well as music from Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby, and others. To listen to “Handpicked with Lil Wayne” on Amazon Music, ask you Alexa, “Alexa, play Handpicked with Lil Wayne.” You can also head over to Amazon Music. Be sure to follow Prime Video’s @SportsOnPrime Twitter and Instagram feed for additional exclusive Lil Wayne content.
The “NFL” music video follows the release of the highly anticipated Tha Carter V Deluxe Edition. The 33-song album includes new contributions from Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane and Post Malone. Wayne has been on a hot-streak in 2020 – releasing his fifth No. 1 album Funeral, as well as releasing fan-favorite projects on digital streaming platforms, including Free Weezy Album (FWA) and No Ceilings mixtape.
Wayne also showcased his undeniable talent as a host with the launch of the highly successful- Young Money Radio – on Apple Music, which featured an all-star lineup of guests including Dr. Dre, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart and many more.
Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture.
By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time, tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the BillboardHot 100, logging a staggering 109 entries.
With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history.Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5.
This bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length album, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

POORSTACY - “Nothing Left” ft. Travis Barker

POORSTACY – “Nothing Left” ft. Travis Barker

Modern day rockstar, POORSTACY, releases his new single “Nothing Left” featuring Blink 182’s Travis Barker, out now via 10K Projects. “Nothing Left” arrives on the heels of his latest single “Love Spells,” and his appearance on the Bill & Ted Face the Music soundtrack. With an energetic and irresistible beat, “Nothing Left” asserts POORSTACY as a rising force in the genre. “Nothing Left” is POORSTACY’s second single with Travis Barker and will certainly not be the last. The pair plans to release a full project together in 2021. 

LISTEN TO “NOTHING LEFT” FT. TRAVIS BARKER HERE

WATCH THE VHS TAPES FOR “NOTHING LEFT” HERE

Growing up on a diet of punk, metal, and hip hop, rising artist POORSTACY is a sum of disparate influences. The 21-year-old singer, rapper and guitarist spent his formative years performing shows in small venues around his hometown of Palm Beach, Florida: “There’s a real metal scene out here. Lots of punk rock, gothic stuff. I’ve chosen to actually make music based on what I grew up around.” Combining the power chords and angst of punk with the 808s and half-sung melodies of modern hip hop, POORSTACY quickly gained the attention of record label 10K Projects, who signed the young artist in early 2019. With lyrics often focused on themes of isolation and anxiety, POORSTACY’s work feels both intimate and universal, and has led to collaborations with multi-Platinum selling producer Nick Mira (Juice WRLD, Post Malone) and, most recently, Blink-182’s Travis Barker.

Since the beginning of his music making, POORSTACY’s influences have remained eclectic, ranging from Slipknot, Billy Idol, Earl Sweatshirt and Flatbush Zombies. Citing legendary Z-Boys skateboarder, Stacy Peralta, as the inspiration behind his artist name, he notes, “Stacy Peralta himself was not shown a lot of attention at the start, but he ended up being one of the biggest legends in skateboarding in the end. I always loved the idea of that, of doing your own thing and having it pay off.” Also citing films like V For Vendetta, Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, and Trainspotting as inspiration, a core tenet of POORSTACY’s songwriting is drawing metaphors from unlikely sources.

His debut album, The Breakfast Club, was released at the beginning of 2020, a nod to the 1985 cult classic. “The album was written based on pure instinct and raw emotion,” he reflects, “I want people to understand themselves by hearing their feelings put into words through me.” Featuring labelmate iann dior, The Breakfast Club was a hip hop/punk record which reflected his South Florida upbringing and proved his ability to create a large cohesive project. With punk and metal-heavy tracks like “Hotel” and “Afraid,” POORSTACY shows off his range and his fearlessness as a songwriter.

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Davido – So Crazy × Lil Baby

Afropop superstar DAVIDO releases new single and video “SO CRAZY,” featuring one of Atlanta’s finest rappers LIL BABY. The song is taken from his much anticipated third studio album A BETTER TIME scheduled for release on November 13 via Davido Worldwide Entertainment/ Sony Music U.K. /RCA Records.

Listen/Watch “So Crazy” HERE

Pre-order A BETTER TIME HERE

Produced by Nick Papz and Xander, “So Crazy” sees Davido adopting a staccato flow which combines perfectly with his fellow Atlanta-born artist Lil Baby. The stunning visuals were directed by David Wept and shot in Los Angeles.

“I’ve known Lil Baby for quite a while, and I think it’s important that I point this out: when you are collaborating on a record, you need to make sure that the relationship is good outside of music. I feel like that is when you make the best music.” Davido states.

So Crazy” follows the highly successful “FEM,” his first solo release of 2020 and the first single taken from A BETTER TIME. Listen to “FEM” HERE. The Napji produced smash hit record shot straight to the No.1 spot in the Apple Music charts in over 8 countries including Nigeria, where it held the top position for 4 weeks. “FEM” has since enjoyed over 40 million streams globally, viewed over 11m times on YouTube and reached #19 on US iTunes chart.

ABOUT DAVIDO

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Nigeria, 27-year-old Davido (real name David Adedeji Adeleke) has been a champion for the continent of Africa. He chose to chase his music dreams and whilst doing so earned over 30 awards including a MOBO for Best African Act, MTV EMA for Best International Act, three MTV Africa Music Awards, two BET Awards and two Nigerian Teen Choice Awards for “Top Featured Artist” and “Choice Male Artist.”

With an unmatched work rate, Davido has delivered back to back hits since his musical debut in 2011. Breaking out with successive singles “Back When,” “Dami Duro,”  “Gobe,” “Aye” and “Skelewu,” the latter would enjoy attention from Major Lazer and Wiwek who went on to remix the single. His musical elevation would see further global collaborations with Chris Brown, Pop Smoke, Summer Walker, Young Thug, Mayorkun and more. With a discography attesting to over a billion global streams and 400 million video views, the Afrobeats forerunner has very much established himself as a force to be reckoned with.

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Lil Boom releases new single – an evil witches love spell

Florida-born rapper Lil Boom brings the heat on his new single “an evil witches love spell,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. “an evil witches love spell” comes on the heels of Lil Boom’s summer releases “Kill Sephiroth” and “Caught Simpin’,” the latter with over 1.4 million streams on Spotify to date.

In “an evil witches love spell,” Lil Boom tells the story of a disastrous relationship, comparing his ex to an evil witch. Lil Boom continues to forge his own path as a hip hop artist, characterizing his flow with wild allusions and puns.

LISTEN TO “AN EVIL WITCHES LOVE SPELL” HERE

With early tracks like “RIP Harambe” and “F*ck Steph Curry,” Lil Boom didn’t anticipate creating a career out of his fun freestyles until fellow South Florida rapper Lil Pump encouraged him to keep going. According to the young rapper, “ever since Lil Pump said that, I’ve just thought that I gotta keep being me.”

After his initial virality with “MILF Next Door” four years ago, Lil Boom made the risky decision to quit his job washing dishes at a local crab shack to chase after the excitement of his unconventional career, creating what he calls Meme Rap: “I honestly like to call it meme rap. I don’t know who wants to accept that, but there’s nothing wrong with making memes and putting your music into memes. I’m having fun.”

Lil Boom says he owes a lot to meme culture for the success of his work, “I ran a meme page before I did rap. A lot of people don’t know that’s how I got my music to blow up.” Following the success of other meme-makers-turned-musicians in the past few years, it is clear that Lil Boom’s strange and unlikely path to success paved the way for other artists after him, including Lil Nas X’s explosive debut “Old Town Road.” In an online music marketplace, Lil Boom offers up his carefree works as the antidote to serious, darker music. He says, “Who doesn’t like memes? I’m making music for the people who don’t get heard and about things nobody really talks about in songs.”

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Stefflon Don Song Visual

Stefflon Don – Can’t Let You Go

British rapper, singer and songwriter Stefflon Don releases her new single “Can’t Let You Go  with Quality Control Music/Motown. “Can’t Let You Go” is Stefflon Don’s latest single, inspired by the lust you feel for someone, even if they aren’t right for you. This track follows her long-awaited single “Move. “Move” has already been streamed millions of times and received critical praise from the likes of FADER, Complex, Clash and NME.

When asked about the inspiration for her latest single, Stefflon Don said, “For this track, I wanted to lean into my natural singing voice and also experiment with doing some of the melodies in Yoruba. The overall vibe of the track is underpinned by a sultry Afro Beats sound. I always love to fuse all of my cultural influences into my work, because I am very much inspired by different parts of the world.”

Stefflon Don rose to widespread fame with her debut single “Hurtin Me” with French Montana. “Hurtin Me” earned an immense 2.3 billion streams and 444 million views. To date, Stefflon Don can boast 5.78 billion streams in her whole discography. In addition, her list of collaborators includes Future, Lil Kim, Skepta, Mariah Carey, Sean Paul, Skepta and Charli XCX.

“Can’t Let You Go” is Stefflon Don’s second release this year after “Move,” her first new music in 2020. Released last month, Move was praised by Clash Magazine as a “confident dancehall-fueled roller that taps into carnival energy.” Join the praise and be sure to follow the international sensation’s newest hits.

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Jake & Papa

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, brothers, Jake & Papa, bring new heat to the R&B scene. The duo recently released their tracks, “Patient” and “Baby Momma” across streaming platforms. Over the years, the boys have enjoyed regional success with uptempo R&B anthems that can be heard on radio stations across Southern California. “Patient” was discovered by teens on social media as different influencers dance to the track. In addition, a new music video debuted last week on YouTube. The video has garnered over 20K views so far and can be seen here. Stream the single and find more of their music on Spotify

Talk about a musical family background. The Harrell brothers came to the entertainment world at a young age out of a four-generations musical family. At five and six years old, Anthony Harrell and Grady Harrell III (elder brothers of Jake and Papa) joined their first cousin Canela Cox to form the group Papa’s Results, being trained and taught by Grady Harrell II, who was then signed to MCA Records prior to a prison term. The children appeared in his R&B hit single “Sticks and Stone” and Anthony provided the singing voice of “Young Michael Jackson” played by Alex Burell in the 1992 TV mini series, The Jacksons: An American Dream. Papa’s results lasted until Canela moved to Holland to follow her mother’s musical career. The brothers filled her spot with family friend Jeff Lee and changed their name to Serenade. They appeared on episodes of Saved by the Bell: The New Class in 1997, where Anthony played the regular role of Eric Little. As a duet comprising the two Harrell brothers Grady and Anthony, they recorded two independent albums, in 1999 and 2001.

In 2002, Grady and Anthony were joined by their brothers JR, Jake, and Papa and formed Brutha. Papa and Jacob were not raised by their father, as he had been convicted of fraud and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. The boys were raised on the music of their inspirations, which ranged from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder. Before hitting the “Big Time” they played graduation parties and bar mitzvahs. The band was discovered by Brian Mcknight, who introduced them on the 2003 Soul Train Holiday Special. In 2008, their uncle Donny “Drano” Harrell, CEO of Goodfellas Entertainment, and the late Shakir Stewart, senior vice president of A&R at Island Def Jam, invited the group to Atlanta to do a filmed audition in front of Jermaine Dupri and a range of producers. The audition resulted in a one-hour special entitled Jermaine Dupri presents: Brutha, broadcast on March 24, 2008, on Peachtree TV. Dupri was impressed and signed the brothers to the Island Def Jam Music Group. In 2007, Brutha made a special guest appearance on the Discovery Kids TV show “Hip Hop Harry.”

Since, Jake and Papa, re-invented themselves as a duo project and released two albums, “Athena’s Erotica 2.0” and “Sexual Welfare”. Fans are eager to see what’s next and if another album is on the way.

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Tokyo's Revenge Press Image by Kevin Maya Used By 360 Magazine

Tokyo’s Revenge Q&A

By Sabrina Weiss

Under the alias Tokyo’s Revenge, this youthful rapper’s prestige supersedes his TikTok fame. The anonymous musician’s track “GOODMORNINGTOKYO” blew up on TikTok and topped music charts, but his raw talent and earnest personality translate beyond the app. With his new song and music video “GOTHAM” and new album 7VEN, Tokyo continues to maintain his unique style with anime and comic-book inspiration. 

With humility and honesty, Tokyo navigates his quick rise to fame with his friends, who double as his musical team, by his side. The young talent spoke equally as transparently about his previous struggles with homelessness, personal approach to mental health, and favorite flavor of Starbursts (pink). All the while, Tokyo giggled and challenged us to video game battles. Even beyond his musical talent, Tokyo’s personality gravitates listeners and a loyal following.

When did you begin your music career?

Well, I did some free-style rapping in high school a bit, but that was mostly to fit into different friend groups. Then, for awhile after high school, I was homeless and ended up couch hopping at different friends’ houses. At one point I stayed with some friends who were constantly making music but didn’t know how to engineer it. It was from these friends that I got the inspiration to learn how to engineer the music. At first, I just engineered their music. But, I only started posting my stuff on Soundcloud about two months into me learning how to mix music. I’m not sure why it took that amount of time, something just clicked at that point.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you were on your As Good as Dead Tour. We saw all the love you give your fans, particularly when you surf the crowd and jump in the mosh pit with your listeners. What was your most memorable moment of the tour? 

Oh man there were a lot of good moments. One of the most memorable times would be when I had to lie to security about whether I was going to get in the crowd. If I were to say yes then they would chase me in there. They go in and grab me as quickly as they can when I tell them I’m going to crowd surf. But, lowkey, I hate when they do that. The crowd is where I get my energy from. So I lied so I could be in there with my fans for longer.

There is a Discord ping in your new song “Gotham.” Do you actually use the chat app?

Well, it’s funny you ask that because I have my Discord open right now. I am constantly in my Discord with thousands and thousands of my supporters. I’ll hop in there and play video games with everyone and chat with all of you. I was actually just in one right before this interview and my buddy knocked on my door and said, “Hey man, you’ve got that interview right now, hop off real quick.”

After you blew up on TikTok, we are all wondering what you will do next. How do you plan on maintaining long-term relevance?

By doing whatever I feel like. I learned early on that I am not striving to have fans and followers based on trends. I want fans, followers, and family who support me through any medium I choose because I feel like I am connected to them more than just musically. Whether it be through YouTube videos or making music, I just want to continue to be connected to my fans. My fans are one of my major support systems.

What made you decide to be anonymous?

The idea of no one really knowing about me and trying to figure me and my personality out through clues in my music, rather than social media, is really appealing to me. I am not super attached to social media because if you try to over present yourself through social media, then people won’t be into your art. I want my music to get my face out, not my social media. Some artists are more focused on being social media influencers rather than their art and I’m just the opposite. I don’t talk much about me, I just talk through my music and let my listeners figure me out.

Along the topic of the modern musician, what do you think the industry is missing right now?

Actually, I don’t think the music industry is missing anything right now. If anything, I think there is too much of everything. A little while ago, I had an epiphany and thought to myself, “The biggest problem we have right now is that we are overexposed to everything.” And I feel the same way about the music industry. 

Only two years ago, you were couch-hopping at friends’ houses and now you have quickly risen to fame. How have the struggles of homelessness made you successful in your career?

It taught me not to get comfortable, ever. Being homeless gave me this huge hunger to never stop doing something, because back then I wasn’t focused on music immediately. I was focused on finding a place to work and to sleep. But, if I was comfortable just living like that, then I would probably still be doing just that.

I always wanted to do something bigger and better than couch-crashing, bigger and better than finding a shitty apartment to stay in and just making enough money to survive. I wanted to level-up to a point that my friends and I can be comfortable forever, and that’s how I got here.

You’ve spoken honestly about your mental health in the past. What do you do to get your head right?

I wake up and take a super long, burning hot shower. And then I think of everything but music. I don’t try to force myself into the music. I wake up and remind myself that I am a regular person who came from one place to this place with my best friends. 

We all focus on each others’ mental health more than anything else, and the music is tied into that. I try not to think of music as a job, because it wasn’t a job to us prior it was an outlet for all of our feelings. We play Smash Bros, go out and do something, and then if we are in the zone to make music, then we make music. If not, then maybe tomorrow! There’s no pressure.