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A$AP Rocky’s protégé was discovered by the rapper while busking on the streets of London and now he’s a recording artist in his own right. With a tour ahead of him, he’s not about to jeopardise that by telling you his worst lyric. He plays Manchester’s Fallow Café, 11 March and Leeds Oporto, 12 March.

What informs your music and songwriting?
Love. Or a lack of love. I tend to write about my personal situation. Recently I’ve been looking at the crazy world and taking inspiration from that.

How has the artist evolved over the years?
I think the artist used to be village idiot, the town clown. But now the Succsessful Artist is recast as a kind of superhero. Celebrity culture has created a new reality in which the politicians, TV stars, all public figures are one and the same.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Trying to write the perfect song. It’s a lifelong endeavour.

What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
You have to fly between the good clouds and the bad clouds.

What’s on your rider?
Anything in moderation. Chocolate. Warm food.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

Stepping into a taxi in New York and my song coming on the radio. Anything that occurs after 9pm in Amsterdam.

What’s your worst lyric?
I try not to to undersell the product. So no!

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