How is the Forest Hills Drive tour coming along?
The tour has been incredible. I’ve had the opportunity to perform in sold out venues across the country. J. Cole is an amazing artist, and I appreciate sharing this journey with him.
Fans experience artist’s tours from their side. Can you talk a little about the ups and down of touring from the artist’s perspective?
Touring is really a beast unlike anything else. Some of the ups of it are being able to see my fans everyday and perfecting my live show. It’s also been amazing from an artist’s perspective to see fans sing my songs word for word, night after night. Such a crazy feeling. Not too many downsides but living on a bus for two months has been a learning experience, also managing the various personalities on the road can be a bit much.
What can you tell us about the upcoming back to school festival that you’ve donated supplies to?
The back to school festival is an event for the city of Chicago students. It will be held at Perfecting Power Ministries on Saturday, August 22. I used to sing in the choir and play the piano at this church, so it’s definitely something close to my heart. The students will receive book bags, and school supplies. I feel very honored to be a part of this project. I am a product of the Chicago public schools, and feel it’s important that I give back to the community. The students need to know that someone else cares about them. My hope is that they feel inspired to do their best in school because of this event.
Do you think it’s important for artists to give back to fans in this way?
Oh, absolutely. They’ve [fans have] supported me from day one so however I can help I always will. I feel that one of the biggest rewards to have is knowing you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. It’s an awesome feeling to give to someone in need, and not expect anything in return. It helps everyone involved to have a fulfilled and happier life.
You were featured along with Drake on Meek Mill’s “Amen.” Any thoughts on their back and forth? Did you think it was a great battle for hip hop?
I think both are dope artists. It’s definitely a wave right now. Competition is always good for hip hop.
Lastly…are you working on a new project?
Yes I am. The new album is on the way, Late Nights: The Album. I’m working with everyone from J. Cole, Jhene Aiko, Future, and Trey Songz, to Fabolous, YG, and Big Sean.
Late Nights: The Album is scheduled to be released September 4.
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The Community Outreach Event and Back To School festival will be held Saturday, August 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Perfecting Power Ministries located at 5152 S. Indiana on Chicago’s south side.