Hey, Im great. I’ve just been focused. Trying to put as many ideas I can out into the world. You know.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Be Okay”?
Oh man, Be Okay is probably one of my favorite songs in my catalog. It has all the elements of myself sewn into it. Its stylish, humorous, confident, witty and playful. That was definitely something I wanted to be felt when people heard it for the first time. Anyone that knows me on a personal level can attest to that.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not necessarily. Before I wrote the song my producer Roc’Well sent me a gang of beats to pick from. When I was going through them I heard the instrumental, something clicked and i just couldn’t stop rapping. The words just kinda came out of thin air. Before I knew it I had the song and was excited to lay it down. I called my producer and was like “yo we gotta record this asap” “you’re gonna lose your mind when you hear this shit”
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Hell Yeah! I have a video directed by Nick Von Gremp scheduled to drop on July 27th. Its insane. This is not your regular rap video. I just threw an exclusive premier event for people to see it on July 14th in Brooklyn and the response was amazing. Everyone was in awe.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process for me is always fun. I don’t know about the engineer though. Ahaha I feel bad sometimes because Im such a perfectionist. I’ll record a whole song and be like “we gotta do it over” just because the energy doesn’t fit how I hear it in my head. Theres been times I recorded a single word or sentence over several times because it wasn’t connecting how I imagined. My engineer would be like your tweaking but then i’ll get it exactly how I imagined it and he’s like “oooh, ight never mind” ahaha. As far as the writing process I kinda just freestyle for about 10 to 20 minutes get all the things I want to say conceptually sound then execute it through writing.
What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?
Everything! The production, the energy, the style the execution. I was born in 1992 so I grew up listening to Biggie, Tupac, Nas and Dmx. As I got older I reverted back to that to studying the art form and fell in love because there were so many styles and personalities. Furthermore the hunger could be felt in the music. Like DMX’s verse on “Niggas Done Started Something”. The first time I heard that I was mind blown by how effortlessly he was able to project raw emotion.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes I have a project that kinda just happened by accident. I was writing a bunch of songs, sat back one day and was like “oh shit, these sound sick together”. They’re all being mixed down at the moment.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The title is “Lord, What Have I Done?” playing on the fact it kinda happened by accident. I didn’t realize what I was doing until it was too late. As for release dates, there isn’t one, but I would like to release it sometime in August.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at the moment.
What else is happening next in Roy Watson’s world?
You guys are just going to have to wait and see ahaha.