You’ve said you’re inspired by go-go music, but the beat produced by Teddy Walton on “Crew” is more minimal. What inspired the shift?
I create vibe-y dance music. It’s the bounce in go-go that inspires me. [But] something compelled me to this beat — it’s sinister. My A&R [rep] and my manager pressed for it. They were like, “There is something about this song. You need it.” It was a beat that kept lingering, and we just tried it out.
The music video is set at a big party. What was the energy like on set?
The night before, me and the homies were out until 4 a.m. We woke up and went to my old hood [in Cheverly, MD]. It was natural and friendly. We had fun — just a bunch of homies doing what we normally do, but with a camera.
Gucci Mane put out a remix of “Crew.” What makes him a good fit for this track?
I feel like the D.C. streets just love Gucci Mane. He’s like a hood pastor. It was really cool because he has a rich history in D.C., and that city is a lot of me. My mannerisms, the way I talk, the way I dress and the way I carry myself is from that city.