First record I bought with my own money: Tupac’s 2Pacalypse Now. At the time I heard it, I only knew a little English, but I could feel the emotions in every song. Tupac has been, and still is, one of my favorite artists. He’s very well-rounded and versatile.
“Wish I’d written that” song: Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” It’s such a timeless
masterpiece. I aspire to make music like that, that describes the times we are living in, and also uplifts at the same time.
“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Call Me Maybe.” I don’t even know who sings it. [Editor’s note: It’s Carly Rae Jepsen.]
My latest online discovery: Maître Gims. Amazing Congolese/French singer. I really like his latest
project. I haven’t been home in a while, and his music reminds me of Belgium and Congo.
Artist more people should know about: Ibeyi. I love that they are sisters and what they do is deeper than music. They represent a very rich culture, and their father was an incredible percussionist.
Essential Saturday night listening: Calvin Harris’ “Slide” featuring Frank Ocean. It’s a feel-good song you can dance to, and I love to dance.
Essential Sunday morning listening: Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Guiltiness.” This is a song that I’ve always known, but lately it’s been on repeat and resonating more.
Guilty pleasure: Gangsta rap. I can only play it in my headphones at the gym these days. Any other times, my kids are around.