"Flex" is an upbeat summer anthem. Is that the sound fans can expect on your ­forthcoming studio debut?

"Flex" was something new for me; it's me stepping out. But I'm not a dance song type of person, so I'm not going to say you can expect a lot of those kinds of songs. The album is a lot of narrating; it's just me telling my story, telling it how it is.

After your prior hits, many assumed you would sign with a major. Why didn't you?

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