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I think if you go back to the ’60s and ’70s, that music felt newer, you were hearing stories told for the first time.
So I did a program with the Recording Academy, the Grammy Museum. So pretty much they take, like, one hundred kids during the summer and for a week or two every day they go over something different in music history. Then during the music history part of the program, they would just tell us about the different eras.
I have such a personal life history with R&B – it’s the first music I remember hearing, and it feels like a family tradition.
I feel like at this point in the world of just creating anything, you’re not going to be able to create anything new. I think the closest thing you’re going to get to originality is a mixture of influences.
Yeah, I used to write short stories at first, but once you work on something, you want to show people. My peers weren’t interested in me reading 30-40 pages to them.
The way I write, I need to tell the true story. I can’t just make a story up. So I have to let the things happen to me and allow myself to work through my thoughts.