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steve lacy talks debut album, which includes a nine minute long 'middle finger' of a song, and more

in a new interview, with i-d magazine, 20-year-old steve lacy (of the internet) has spoken about his debut solo album for the first time. the record, which doesn't have a release date but is expected imminently, (op note: shaking rn!) is lacy's first major release since steve lacy's demo in 2017.


  • [on growing up in compton] "steve is quick to point out that the stereotypical image of compton that dominates the public perception, its streets, its neighbourhoods and its communities, are completely warped, exaggerated and inaccurate. 'it’s not just the compton portrayed in, like, boyz n the hood, that was years ago. the image painted of compton is very negative. a landmark of compton is a damn courthouse, that’s fully fucking sad to me.' such is his pride and respect for his neighbourhood, the word “compton” is tattooed across his chest."

  • [on collaborating with established artists and performers] "the accolades soon followed, as did call-ups from kendrick lamar, j. cole and denzel curry to work on the production of their albums. “they’re all just nice, well-rounded, smart, talented people,” he says, of what he learnt sat in studios with such illustrious names. 'they pretty much ensure that I’m one of them. that’s probably the biggest thing that i’ve learnt...that I’m one of them. i didn’t feel any different around them, intimidated around them, you know? we were just cool. just human.'"

  • [on working with solange] "working with solange was 'cool', steve says. 'she was open...open to all of to my ideas. i remember there was this one time where I had this chord progression that was very, very tedious. i was so nervous, because it was the first time that i had met her, so i’m like oh man, and i’m like fucking it up, and she’s like 'no, no, don’t worry', and she turned the mic up to my face because i’m playing this like, this chord progression, she was just very open and calm, i ended up getting it out. it didn’t make the record but that was a fun moment.'"


  • [on his process] “my little sister moved to college and I had her room to just do whatever with, so i put a studio up in there, and i just, you know, made music. i had a break from touring for like a month and a half, and i was literally just recording...the music i make with someone else...it’s a different energy. it’s never going to be the same. i like to be a chameleon, blend into any situation i’m given, whether it’s musically, or with life. it’s cool, i just like to read them, and their personalities before, and like present an idea… you know?” the only thing that’s really changed in the past five years is the equipment he owns. “i’m not as limited to resources anymore. i’ve made a little money, so I have a laptop now and some instruments. i think the process is still the same, i’ve just got some better gear that’s all.”

  • [on his success so far] when asked why he thinks a 20-year-old kid has picked up so many illustrious credits, steve hazards a guess at being 'kind of good at music', and 'just being...cool.'"

  • [on the album] work began on his debut solo album about two years ago. lacy says he recorded the album at home in his sister's bedroom after she left to go to college. the album traverses different emotions, styles and iterations of steve’s persona. its lead single, "n side", sets the tone for the album.


  • [on his bisexuality] "discussion of steve’s bisexuality has been a feature of his interviews for a little while now. unsurprisingly, it’s something he doesn’t want to define his solo career, though he agrees it is a landmark moment in an industry still unfamiliar with this story. 'i’m not really that bothered by it honestly. i don’t like to look at it as a big part. um, and i think, who we’re fucking, shouldn’t matter in the world. it’s kind of silly to me. but i’m also speaking from my los angeles bubble, i always have to be cautious of that. I don’t like to make it a big deal.'" the second track on the album is a reported nine-minute epic broken down into three segments. lacy says of the song “it was kinda like a middle finger to the people who were like, 'you can’t make this song longer than three minutes' and i was like alright i’ll give you nine minutes, how’s that?...it’s basically my journey, my sexuality. but in a very fun and witty way, it’s not really that serious, it’s not super sad. i think it’s my journey, it’s an expression of how i feel right now.” but amongst the grandiosity of this, there’s great intimacy in its lyricism.

  • full interview available at the source



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ontd, are you ready for mini-frank the new album and more bisexual representation in popular media? what are your favorite steve lacy songs? "some" is still my jawn.
Tags: interview, lgbtq film / media, music / musician, ofwgkta / tyler the creator
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