“How Can Questions Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real,” Jaden Smith posits during his Reddit AMA. Fresh off the release of his debut album, SYRE, a Jaden Smith AMA is exactly what you’d expect it to be: oddly compelling.
Most compelling, though, is his brave admission that the songs that made up "BLUE," the four-track suite that begins SYRE, took him "3 Years To Make." Whether or not those three years paid off remains to be seen.
The AMA reads more like a speed-dating round than a deep dive into the young artist’s process, though, those may be one and the same. In addition to learning about the "BLUE" backstory, Jaden also reveals that his favorite rock band is Tame Impala, his five dream features for his next record are Kendrick, Bon Iver, EARL, Justin Bieber, and Lola Wolf, and that his white Batman costume was custom made.
Smith also confirmed that Donald Glover was one of the influences for his debut album but not the only one, saying that “Gambino Is A Huge Inspiration And Friend But This Album Was Inspired By The World Around me [sic] .. I Make Music About Personal Experience Not To Try To Fit In [sic].”
Other tidbits include his mention of working with Brockhampton, a promise to release SYRE jeans and landing his dream collaboration, Kid Cudi.
He also prefers Yeezus to 808s & Heartbreak, which leaves me wondering how he takes his coffee.