Musical phenom Desiigner‘s featured in October’s issue of Interview magazine. Pusha T, current president of G.O.O.D. Music interviewed the hip-hop new comer discussing his instant breakout hit, his musical influences, how he considers himself an artist not a rapper, recording “Panda,” and his upbringing in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
Desiigner jumped to the forefront of hip-hop with his infectious smash “Panda.” At the time just 18-years-old, the Bed-Stuy native went on to receive a co-sign from Ye himself; who later signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music label.
There was more success on the horizon for the young star. Kanye sampled “Panda” on “Father Stretch My Hands,” a record off his highly-anticipated album Life of Pablo; propelling the artist’s debut track up the Billboard 100 charts, ultimately landing at No. 1.
Desiigner continued making waves. After nabbing a spot on XXL‘s coveted Freshman list, a 45-sec clip of him performing his new single “Tiimmy Turner” acapella, as a member of the 2016 Freshman Class immediately went viral.
Check out some of the highlights from the Billboard charting artist’s interview with his G.O.O.D music boss below.
ON HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
“If anything, I would consider my grandfather. He’s a blues player. I like the old soul—you know how it is, Pusha, that old soul. My grandfather, he went by the name Sidney “Guitar Crusher” Selby; he formed that old soul, that old blues, that old rock that I put on my songs. He bluesed it out. And my pops, he was old-school, too; he played that old funk. I fell in love with that old style. You feel me?”
ON THE AFFECTS OF SUCCESS AND BEING AN ARTIST:
“Yeah. I definitely see that people take my creativity a lot more seriously now. It’s a lot more serious, because that’s the artist I want to be. I’m an artist, I’m not a rapper, I’m nowhere near a rapper. I’m an artist, and I’m here to be creative with every step I take, with every move I make. You feel that? You know what time it is!”
ON CREATING “PANDA”:
“When I heard the track, it was like a movie started in my head. It’s like, God put the words in me. The way it started, it’s like I saw the movie in my head and just wrote. I didn’t even think about it, I just blanked out. It was a zone I blanked to. And God was giving me the words. Even today I think about how I make my music, and I’m like …”
ON WHAT’S TO COME:
“It’s going to be a whole lot of visuals. It’s creativity on top of creativity. Merchandise, tours … It’s going to be crazy. The Life of Desiigner, baby, that’s the name of the album.”
The 19-year-old’s star is certainly shining bright. With his debut Life of Desiigner pending and respect from hip-hop heavyweights like Kanye, and Pusha T, Desiigner’s well on his way to carving out a lane of his own and reaching even greater heights.
Head over to Interview magazine to check out the full interview.