Photographed by James Law, All Clothing by O.N.S
I LOVE space, even though I’ve never been. I always fantasize with the thought of being able to run around the galaxy, like I’m Peter Quill the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, with stimulants and inspiration to save the universe. Bridget Kelly and Alex Isley, who are two of the most amazing voices in music, came through and blessed me with exactly the energy that was needed on the song. Reazy Renegade, the main producer [DJ Khaled], sent this to me, as we had already been working on a lot of music together both representing Miami. More to come.
“Nobody On Jupiter”
I don’t like to be compared to anyone else, plain and simple. So, I wrote a song about it to a Chris Barz, aka x||z [Chris Brown, Ester Dean], -produced track. I had it for months, feeling it was missing a powerful female energy, then one day, the hard-working, super-insightful Dej Loaf hit me up and told me to stop through to the studio, as she’s expressed in a lot of interviews she was a fan of mine. We vibed out and made it happen, so good.
I have a really really good friend named Luke James; he’s from New Orleans. We are the same age and have similar interest as far as cinema, music, and culture goes. We are f*cking weirdos, but our fans don’t know that I guess. We are sexually objectified by our fanbases—we like it sometimes—but we really just love art. “LikeMinded” is artful and you can still objectify us. And yes, I am speaking on his behalf. Ha.
“Only Way Out”
I have always been a child of gospel music; I do feel LOVE is the GOSPEL. Davix from the Dojo produced this and played it for me the day we met, I was recording it 10 mins later. It’s about a special person in my life, that doesn’t know she is special to me, so I wrote it to let her know, although I haven’t and probably will never tell her. Mick Jenkins is a visionary, Chicago-bred young emcee who comes with all the metaphors and visual colors. Listen and you’ll see what I mean.
I think I was Peter Pan in one of my past lives, either him or one of the Lost Boys. I am from never-never and I promise you that. I wrote this song with that energy as the motivation. Imagination is my thing, Smiling is my thing, connection is my thing. Most importantly, doing things for my loved ones that help them be less worrisome is my thing. Love is Love and Fear is Fear. I just say we all choose LOVE. It’s better for you and those around you. Bartholomew Loves you.