What was your initial reaction to being asked to be on something called The Lust List?
Surprised and shocked. Definitely flattered, and kind of wondering how those conversations went with the staff. [Laughs.] Never thought of myself as someone who’d be on a “Lust List.”
What’s the best part about being a hip-hop artist in Tampa Bay?
The diversity in the scene – there’s a lot of different styles and crowds; being able to attract different people kinda diversifies your art, too.
What do you enjoy doing besides making and playing music?
Football, sports. I’ve been getting into cooking recently too, and been increasing my home skills.
What do you like to cook?
I come from a Caribbean background, so jerk chicken and curry chicken are staples. Outside of traditional Caribbean stuff, enchiladas are one of my favorites.
What’s one of your favorite love song?
Common, “The Light.” When I think about my ideal woman, a lot of what Common says in that song is the kind of woman I’d like to spend my life with.
Your favorite album or artist to set a romantic mood?
I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and lately, some Asian underground stuff; there’s lots of different sounds and moods in that music, and I’m all about setting the mood. Old school ’90s R&B…
Any of your own songs inspired by love, lust, or an object of desire? Which one?
“Superstar” is definitely a track where I step out of my shy self and give a more sensual sexy vibe.
How did you meet your current girlfriend?
At a hip-hop event, The Ruckus album release party, through a mutual friend.
Have you ever dated a girl who wasn’t into music?
No, and I don’t think it’s possible. That’s a deal-breaker.
Best place to take a date in Tampa Bay?
The beach at sunset, especially when it’s nice and cool outside.
Excluding rent or bills, where does most of your disposable income go?
What are your favorites?
I have a pair of Nike SB Dunk ‘De La Souls.’ I also have some Nike DB Cigar City Dunks; they were designed to look like a cigar, in color and texture.
What was your first concert?
Wu-Tang as a teenager at the Sun Dome. We were supervised by some adults and they were surprised by all the profanity. It was a church trip and I don’t think they really knew who Wu-Tang was.
What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played?
A couple weeks ago, the Talib Kweli show at Crowbar. 400+ people, it was amazing. Definitely the biggest crowd I’ve performed in front of.
Favorite book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen recently?
I’ve been doing a lot of Netflix, catching up on old shows. I’m really into films that are meaningful or emotional; that have heart. The Pursuit of Happyness
is one of my favorite films of all time.
Biggest music crush/most lust-worthy artist making music today?
I had a crush on Kerry Washington for a while. But Angela Simmons is surpassing her on the list. She’s really into fitness and art, and she seems to be pretty spiritual. Plus she’s beautiful.
What’s your favorite vacation spot? What about a place you’ve always wanted to travel to, and why?
My bed. [Laughs.] No, I’m just kidding. My father’s side of the family is from the Bahamas, from an island in the Bahamas called Andros. It’s really secluded and lovely. There’s several places in Europe I’d like to visit. I’d definitely want to go to the UK, a lot of places in Africa – Egypt, Ethiopia…
What’s one thing about you that may come as a surprise to people who don’t know you very well?
A lot of people see me as quiet and reserved, because I am, but particularly in relationships, women may be surprised by my wit, or the fact that I can be affectionate and sensual – I’m not afraid of showing a woman how I feel.
What’s the one thing you most hope to accomplish this year?
I want to travel. I feel like, especially with music, that I’ve exhausted most avenues, when it comes to venues. So I want to get out of the States, and get out of the country.
Affection; if a girl knows what she wants and shows me that she wants me and desires me, that’s the biggest turn-on for me.
Somebody that’s not well-rounded; you have to have a good head on your shoulders, an appreciation of art, a sense of humor, and be able to carry an intelligent conversation. You don’t have to have all of these things, but at least a few.