“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?
I’m really not focused on a major label. It’s not beneficial for me right now. Majors want to play the game the way they want to play it. When you’re independent, you can always choose where you want it to go, because it’s your money.
You apologized for a lyric on a leaked song that condoned rape, but then a second track emerged with a similar line. Do you owe people another apology?
Yes, I do. I do not condone or promote rape. I’m not a rapist. That song was recorded in December 2012. I was young and just rapping. At the time, I had no guidance in my life. I blame it on that. So I apologize once more to my fans.
This story originally appeared in the June 20 issue of Billboard.