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Can you tell us a little bit about your song “Get It Right” and the inspiration behind it?

The song is about breaking free and finding my freedom to take control of my life. It’s kind of like a warm up into the game too - it’s very versatile, it’s very me coming in easy, it’s kind of me breaking the chain, and truly stepping into my authority. 

What would the three key words be for it?

Freedom, power, grit

In terms of being in Montreal, does that affect the type of music that you make? How do you navigate the music scene in the city?

I grew up here so it made me the person that I am today. It’s my hometown - there’s this love I have for this city that’s going to be with me anywhere in the world that I go. Being a musician in Montreal for me, in my experience, has been super great. There’s this budding vibe that hip hop is really taking its place in the city, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch and be apart of. It’s been very welcoming to me. I did Osheaga this year and it was just great things from the city. I can’t wait for hip hop and rap to take a bigger place on the world scale. 

What do you do when you’re by yourself?

I like alone time. I’m an intro-extrovert, so when I need to be on, I’m on, but I like to recharge and be by myself. It’s my moment to regain my energy. I like to just chill and meditate a little bit and clear my mind and think about things. 

Do you remember what it was like your first time being on stage?

It was a while ago - I started music a long time ago, I think I was like 19 or 20. It was great! A little nerve wracking but I felt like I was at home. 

What advice would you give yourself, looking back?

Any advice that I would give myself back then would be just to trust yourself. That’s the number one thing. 

What’s something about Montreal that most people might not know?

It’s one of the greatest cities in the world and it’s about time that people know that. 

What are some of your favorite places in Montreal?

For me, it’s mostly about the people. Saint Lawrence street is amazing, Saint Henri is pretty dope, Old Port is good for touristy stuff. 

What’s your favorite artist that you’re listening to right now?

Right now I’m working on my album so I’m not listening to too much music. Well, actually, just rap. I’m listening to music, just not too much rap. But other than that, I’m really into J Cole, Kendrick, Drake, Schoolboy Q, a few different people. 

What’s something you can’t miss out on in Montreal?

Honestly, the food! There’s a lot of great restaurants here and some really cool places to eat at. 

Is poutine under or overrated?

For me, overrated. I can’t lie, I’m not a poutine fan. Don’t hate me!

Where should we go next?

I think you guys should go to Johannesburg. 

What’s next for you?

This summer I’m going to continue touring and working on my album.

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