“Me, Myself & I” celebrates personal space and being alone. What inspired you to write a song about that?
Just never being able to escape the job. You’re on 24 hours a day [in the music industry]; you got to find alone time. People always expect something from you. I’ve got these different personalities; I’m a Gemini. Sometimes I feel really, really gloomy.
Did you listen to other music for inspiration while recording the album?
I studied a lot of my favorite rappers’ second albums, how they coped with coming off a successful debut and all of a sudden their whole world is turned upside down — like [Kanye West‘s] Late Registration and [Eminem‘s] Marshall Mathers LP. I tried to learn from how they navigated what they were going through.
Your second LP is called When It’s Dark Out. Between the title and “Me, Myself & I,” do you consider it a dark record?
It captures the last year of my life: It has been a roller coaster of craziness and wild times, some good, some bad. Nothing can prepare you for how crazy this business gets. I pinch myself every day that I get to travel the world and make a living off it.
This story originally appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of Billboard.