(AllHipHop News) The two West Coast representatives discussed their respective connections to Shafiq Husayn, Paak’s writing process, A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, the NxWorries’ Yes Lawd! project, and more.
Read an excerpt from the interview below:
FLYLO: It takes time, man. A lot of people don’t realize that that’s pretty much how everyone starts. They sound like somebody else for a while, and then they start finding things that are so uniquely them, and then they just go in on that shit. But you have a vibe, man. It’s so cool to see that people like Tribe Called Quest and Schoolboy Q embrace you.
PAAK: It’s a trip, man. When people were asking what I really wanted as an artist, I remember thinking that was exactly the thing, if anything, that I wanted. I always thought it was cool to be able to go in any room and put that shit in. There’s no ceilings, no boundaries; it’s free. Like someone like a Thom Yorke or Earl Sweatshirt, you know? I always really admire artists like that, who can work with anybody and it’s still their unique sound. That was a big part of what I wanted to do.
Paak was one of the breakout stars of 2016.
The 31-year-old singer-rapper-instrumentalist released two critically acclaimed albums last year – the solo effort Malibu and the collaborative Yes Lawd! with Knxwledge.
He also earned two Grammy nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best New Artist.