Growing up, West didn’t have many friends he could bond with all of this stuff over, at least not all of it. “My older friends, the ones who was teaching me [to rap], I couldn’t listen to heavy metal around them,” he remembers. “They were like, ‘What is this? No no.’” So he spread himself out between cliques, performing different versions of himself for different people. Around the cool kids, he had to act more normal. Around his older friends, he had to be more mature. He had a few friends his age he could listen to metal around, but the internet, and then his music, offered a solution to this bifurcated personality. It gave him a space where he could be all the versions of himself, at once, and allowed him to connect with people who resonated with his varied interests. “That’s why I’m so comfortable with switching different styles,” he says. “It’s just how I was living regular life, chilling with different crowds.”
“That’s why I’m so comfortable with switching different styles,” West says. “It’s just how I was living regular life, chilling with different crowds.”
“That’s definitely what my mind is on,” he says. “Making it cool to do this type of shit. Making it normal. It shouldn’t be like, ‘when you do outsider shit it's weird but when you do trap shit its regular.’ This should be the new trap. Everybody should be able to fuck with this.”Whether that’s a possibility remains to be seen—he acknowledges that he’ll have to win over a few suits in the process—but he’s willing to try, and to keep pushing himself until then. And if it gets him out of Bridgeville in the process, all the better. “Everybody’s trying to stay in this one little box, and I don’t wanna do that. I can do a lot more with my voice,” he says. “So I think I’ll try.”
"It shouldn’t be like, ‘when you do outsider shit it's weird but when you do trap shit its regular,’" West says. "This should be the new trap."