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Lil Mosey creates music about the glow up. Exploding on to the scene with his 2017 viral hit “Pull Up,” his debut major label effort titled Northsbest paid homage to his hometown in Seattle. The project not only spawned his double-platinum smash “Noticed,” but it took the star across the world opening for Juice WRLD.
Fast forward to 2020, “Blueberry Faygo” instantly charted in the top 10 on the Billboard 100, taking over radio airwaves from coast to coast. Boasting 4.4 million followers and counting on Instagram alone, Mosey has yet to miss when it comes to creating a hit, as each visual on his Youtube page hits millions of views almost instantly.
When it comes to quarantine, he’s been holding up well stating, “I’ve just been working.” Fresh off the release of his AVA Leak, gifting fans three new tracks from his latest album, Mosey spoke with REVOLT about his music, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more. Peep the chat below.
Did you think “Blueberry Faygo” would do what it did?
Low key, I didn’t. I was sleeping on that song, but then it got leaked and it started going up, so then we had to put it out. But, just because I think it might not be the one, doesn’t mean it’s not the one.
Were you mad it got leaked?
By then, so many songs got leaked that I couldn’t really get mad anymore. I got used to songs getting leaked. I was definitely not mad once it started going up, I’m like, “F**k it, let’s get it.” I wasn’t even going to drop it until I seen that.
How’s it feel to reach almost double-platinum status?
It feels good, that song’s a hit. This is about to be my second double platinum song, it’s a blessing. “Noticed” went double platinum. “Pull Up” is gold, but hasn’t platinum yet. I’m trying to put out some more “Blueberry Faygo.”
What makes you the Certified Hitmaker?
I call myself the Certified Hitmaker and I prove it. I put out hits, what more is there to say? I’m a Certified Hitmaker.
Do you regret dropping out of high school after “Pull Up” blew?
Nah, I don’t regret it because I had to go focus on this. I dropped out to move out here to L.A., start doing interviews, etc. It all worked out.
Did you think it would be so quick?
I was ready for it. I really thought it was going to happen, I was waiting for it. My mom used to tell me, “It’s not going to happen as fast as you think” because I stopped going to school. She said, “You don’t want to give up on everything and think this will happen because it might not happen. Your music’s good, but that doesn’t mean…” Now, she’s happy for me.
How did you first come up with idea of AVA?
I’m not from the earth, I’m from a different planet. It came from me saying I’m not from here, I’m from Pluto. Started to get creative with that. AVA is an AI system helping me take over this planet. That’s what we’re here to do.
Are you into tech and all that?
Yeah, I just got this: The big Mac [computer]. The big one. I’m making beats, so I love that s**t.
Right, I heard you say you like producing on the album.
Yeah, there’s one song I produced on the last album I dropped. Soon, you’re going to hear “Mosey made this tape” soon. That’s me.
You’ve been producing since the age of 14, right?
Yeah, I really just started getting good at it because I didn’t focus on that die-hard. I focused on music more. Now whenever I’m sitting at the house bored, I’ll make some beats. There’s one song I produced on the last album I dropped.
Do you feel the same type of passion producing as opposed to recording?
Yeah, I do. It gives me the same type of feeling even if there’s no words. If I don’t plan on putting words to it, then I try to give it to someone who can. It gives me the same type of feeling.
Does that mean you want to produce for other artists, too?
That’s the goal, I want to get other artists on my s**t.
What did it mean to link with such a lit Spanish artist, Lunay, on “Top Gone”?
It was lit. I met him in Miami, the next few days we shot the video. He’s from Puerto Rico, I’m a little Puerto Rican. Whenever I go to Puerto Rico, I always feel like I’m at home. I f**k with Puerto Rico. I grew up around a lot of Spanish people. Where I’m from, there’s no Black Puerto Ricans though. I was a whole new culture, I seen when I went out there. It’s crazy to think they’re a part of America because the way it is out there is a lot different.
Best memory from shooting the visual with Lunay?
The part with the cars because the camera we used is crazy. It was a big a** arm machine, it was crazy. A big a** camera. It was fire.
What ethnicity are you?
I’m half white, a quarter Puerto Rican, and a quarter Black. I’m a mix. My mom’s white, my dad’s half-Puerto Rican, half Black.
You have 4.4 million followers on Instagram. How do you plan on using your voice for the greater good?
When I first started making music, I always told myself over everything: “I’ma use this as something to show the world what’s right and what’s wrong.” I plan on doing more. Even now, some people don’t even look at me like I’m Black. How the cops look at me growing up, they look at me like, “Alright, you’re a minority. I know how it feels to be treated differently. Probably not as much as people, but where I’m from, it’s so diverse that if you look a certain way, they assume how you are. That s**t’s definitely a big problem here for different minorities.
How did the George Floyd incident affect you?
My brother, we have different dads so he looks dark. He’s way darker than me, and a lot of my friends are Black. We gotta watch out for each other, they gotta watch out for themselves. We stay in touch. Whenever we get caught up by the cops, we make sure to keep our hands where they can see them. You don’t know what they might do. They could be cool or they could be on some shit.
How was creating “Back At It”? Did you have Baby in mind?
Once I made the song, I thought, “I can definitely hear Lil Baby on this s**t.” When we hit up his label to try to get him on there, he hopped on it. The way he did it is pretty different than a lot of s**t he be doing.
AJ Tracey is so fire. You tapped into the U.K. rap scene?
I was planning on going out there to work with some producers and artists out there, but Corona[virus] happened. I tapped in with AJ Tracey, had him perform with me in London. I was trying to go out there and work with him again, tap in with the culture. I want to see what it’s like out there. Been out there a couple times, but I want to see what it’s really like to be outside.
He’s low key singing, not the usual hard grime sound.
He was snapping, I was f**king with it. He said, “Mosey know he good in London,” so s**t. I’ma be with the road-men out there.
Someone you want to collaborate with one day?
Drake. I met him a few times. When I was in Toronto, I was in the studio with Preme. When I was recording, he came in and pulled up. I met him in Miami and in Toronto, I see it definitely happening soon. I got some fire s**t for him. That’s going to be someday.
What can we expect next?
My next project Universal. Because we’re not global, we’re universal. We’re bigger than that.