Joshua and I are talking in the lunchroom of Innovations High School, the school he graduated from a few months ago. A ring of lockers lines the large room, and everything echoes. The space is dank, but no one seems to find it depressing. When kids come through, cracking jokes, jostling each other, pushing each other into the lockers in jest—it’s hard to hear the together young man with the large square glasses.
He’s talking about his future.
Lately I’ve been making a lot of pop songs. I want to be an artist, a big artist, a mainstream artist. I’m talking to a lot of big people, but we just talking. I’m still local. I got a lotta local fans. Musically, Chicago is known as known as a hater city. They’ll hate on you before they appreciate you, but it’s slowly opening up ‘cause through the recession, people realized, We all in this together right now. Like, the recession broke everybody down. So you got people that are sad, people that are happy, people that just need to be entertained. One thing you’ll always need, you always need business. You always need entertainment, and you always need your hair done, you always need food. Entertainment is something you need, but I also feel like I have something that’s rare.
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