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“Self Control,” produced by Malay, Jon Brion, and Frank Ocean, is all about timing and the losses which come by way of poor timing in love.
“You gotta treat life normal, just to stay sane, because I was going kinda crazy at first.”
“Some people will like you and some people won’t. That’s life.”
“It was the first thing I remember loving to do.”
“I like getting in the ring with guys and changing their idea of what a female rapper is.”
“Within Frank’s fresh hell, he finds his heaven.”
“They don’t sell you a dream. Most distribution companies lie to you.”
We sat down with Frank Hill to talk about his new five-track EP, ‘SELF,’ his “Goku complex,” and forever getting stronger.
“Pink + White” might feel disjointed and abrupt on first pass, but the song works as ‘Blonde’ works, as living memory.
“I know there’s competition, so I gotta always do my best and put my heart in it.”
“I bought a plane ticket to New York because Mavi was having a proper show at Baby’s All Right in New York. Within 24 hours, I was on my way there with my camera.”
“When I did ‘Soul Bounce’ and stuff, I was trying to think, ‘What can I perform at the protest?’”
“We’re all just humans on this planet, trying to figure it out.”
She says it herself: “We will always be fine.”
“I’m contributing to something that’s bigger than me, especially as a Black creative.”
On her debut EP, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter writes deep odes to love and heartbreak — and they’re connecting.
“Determination ties into ‘My Garden’ the way it ties into my whole life and mindset as a musician. Which is to wake up and do it every day, and be writing every day.”
“I don’t know if there’s a place where I know I’ve done enough.”
I speak so obtusely because, four years on, it’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around what “Nikes” means to me.
“Even if you don’t see yourself as a loner, there’s a loner in you.”
“A lot of girls let guys hold them back.”
“First of all, Yussef is an amazing musician.”
“Griselda is literally built from the ground up.”
“This time is what you make of it, and there’s a lot of good things that can come of it.”
“Every project is different, but the hunger is there. I think all day long of how I can improve.”
With the release of New York singer Elah Hale’s debut EP, ‘Room 206,’ we speak with the artist about giving music her all.
Every so often, you stumble upon a special artist. That’s Kenny Mason, angelic hoodrat.
First loves slip between our fingers and into the air of our past.
“I make the music for myself, but I release it for the listener.”
“I ain’t asked for nothing but to be heard.”