G.O.O.D. Music is known to be selective when welcoming members to its camp of creatives. From Pusha T's lyrical superiority to Big Sean's unforgettable delivery and wittiness, the label's newest signee Desiigner presents a vibe of energy and sense of grit that takes G.O.O.D. Music's aesthetic to a different level. With a sound that makes you assume he's from the south, Desiigner reps New York City's tough and gritty Brooklyn borough with style and pride. Currently dominating the Billboard's Hot 100 chart against some stiff competition, his hit song "Panda" has currently sold over a million copies and counting and will continue to soar thanks to the recent release of its official video which featured Kanye West. With the track also being featured as a different version on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo project, Desiigner also makes an appearance on the album's Freestyle 4 cut as well.
Despite the continued assumption that the young 19-year-old may fall in the category of a one-hit-wonder, his character allows him to be the performer and personality that'll be very difficult to forget. Known to put all of his energy into his performances, Desiigner has created a sense of anticipation for New York via G.O.O.D. Music that's different than your normal vibe from the Big Apple. With that being said, we managed to sit down with the Brooklyn native to get to know the young man behind "Panda."
What was your first reaction when “Panda” reached it's current success?
My first reaction was that it’s time to drop that bomb on ‘em. You hear what I said in the beginning of the song, “this what they’ve been waiting for.” I was just giving out hints and clues that I’m ready to come in and do my thing.
What was your first reaction when you heard your portion of “Pt. 2” during Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 revealed at the legendary MSG in New York City?
It was crazy! In front of 20,000 people, it was crazy. It was a great feeling. I'm still coming down from that high every time somebody says it and I get flashbacks. I embraced it.
How did the connection between you and Kanye West come about?
Honestly, I was in the crib working on music and my manager was whippin’ up a conversation with Kanye. After the call, she came to me and said, “you know you’re gonna see Kanye & you’re going to LA.” It was just a moment I took and embraced, you feel me. It was crazy, but at the same time, I knew it was time to get to work and it was time to stay serious because this is what I wanted to do. And this is what I want to show to my fans.
Has BMW ever contacted you since the song reached the level of success that it is now?
Of course, of course. BMW was talking and we were just in the lot the other day taking pictures and I had an interview with them. I was using the X6 and I’m definitely getting a lot of doors opened through the song and there’s a lot of things happening in the future.
You're known for presenting a high level of energy when you're performing and people remember you for that. A downside is that when something negative may happen, and unfortunately mishaps do happen, people will remember you for those as well. Can you explain the situation when you threw up on stage and continued to perform?
I already knew what time it was. There was nothing wrong with me, I was just drinking right before going on stage and it just spit out. It was just crazy, I just went with it like "f**k it, I gotta do this." I love to perform so much that it doesn’t matter what’s going on, I’m still gonna do my thing. I don’t care about it, I love to perform.
Can you provide us with any updates regarding your upcoming project?
I can’t give you too much but the only thing I can say is that it’s coming soon, it’s coming soon.