Once again Engelwood is up to no good- New Jersey’s very own silver tongued rapper who brought us hits like “Mixed Messages” and “Love Jones”, get to know the flamboyant bad boy.
Knowing what you know today, what advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self that the best type of love is self love and no man, friend or outfit could ever make you feel as powerful or fully realized. I would also say stop eating so much bread and drink more water.
Current state of mind?
Frazzled because rent is due and it’s 8:00am.
What kind of projects are you currently working on?
My new album and myself.
10 years from now, where do you see yourself?
An established actor or maybe even an author. It would be cute to be a VJ for MTV or BET too. Honestly, I just hope I’m comfortable and content.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ve never worked before.
What would you like to see become a trend in the future?
People on public transportation respecting personal space.
What music best describes your work ethic?
Early 90s Euro- dance or Jamaican dancehall depending on my mood.
How would you rate your memory?
High enough to not show signs of early dementia but low enough to realize I need a better way to associate names with faces.
How you would you like to be voiced in pop culture?
20 pounds lighter and 40 decibels louder.
If anyone whose style do you admire?
David Hockney, Sylvester and stylized characters from anime and manga.
Selfie-sticks hate it or love it?
What do you think the bravest thing is a young person could do?
Coming out as whoever or whatever they believe their pure true form is and commit to it regardless of what the outside world may or may not feel about it.
Collaborations- if anyone then who and why?
Bette Midler, Nicki Minaj and Fetty Wap.
Most proud moment?
Interviewing on HOT 97…coming out in the 3rd grade is a close second.
If there were life on any other planets where would you go?
Uranus…no that was too easy. Definitely Saturn!
Describe what you would love to see in the future in 5 words
Absolute love for the vulnerable.
One thing most people don’t know about you?
I have a gem on one of my teeth.
Preferred social media platform and why?
Twitter because I like reading people take themselves too seriously.
When your old and grey where would you like to be?
In the arms of someone equally old and grey.
If you were to invent anything what would it be and why?
A 5 step program to adulthood.
Favorite past trend that you wish would come back?
Those vibrating belts that allegedly shook the fat off your belly.
Photography Zara Pfeifer
By Olive Duran