You thrive on conceptual projects. Can you walk us through your creative process? How do you decide what world to build for specific projects?
I write down memories about my life, things I’ve been through, or conversations I’ve had. I don’t usually go back to these texts, but they end up in the back of my mind. My concepts are usually weaved together from the thoughts that are embedded in my mind after writing. ‘F65’ was a little different because I focused on creative direction first. I built the world while making some of the music.
Jazz is the glue of this project. Why did you decide to fuse it with hip-hop?
I really love jazz. There are a bunch of different people who have fused hip-hop with jazz music, such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and CL Smooth, but it’s not really been such a big thing in recent years. Outside of gospel, jazz is one the oldest forms of Black expression. I thought that looking at its history, and infusing it with contemporary sounds would be the best way to create juxtaposition.