It has been one wild year for J $tash. This time 12 months ago, he released his debut mixtape Hood Rich, which was received with rave reviews and quickly earned the burgeoning rapper a dedicated following. In the time since he has managed to release another mixtape, No More Distractions, and has continued to churn out a slew of singles. And all of this while dividing his time between his own label, Relax Rekords, and as a signee on Rich the Kid's label Rich Forever Music.
So now, shortly after the anniversary of his debut, seems as good a time as any to catch up with $tash and see what he's up to, all while shooting him in a refined, Rococo-esque editorial with some of our favorite brands. Browse through the shots above and take a look at our chat below:
What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Growing up I listened to pretty much everything hip-hop, from all eras.
Who are some of your favourite Florida rappers and musicians?
I think one of my favorite Florida rappers would have to be Rick Ross, because he's a leader and a very smart business man.
How do you prepare to lay down bars in the studio?
I just go in on the booth and freestyle.
What was the best thing you ate while you were living in Japan?
The best thing I ate in Japan was probably yakitori (grilled chicken on a stick).
What have you learned from the Japanese rappers you’ve collabed with or met?
That they are no different than any of us rappers in America.
Do you write down your lyrics anywhere special? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve written lyrics on?
I never write down lyrics.
You shout out Fenty x Puma in your track “Puma”. What would you ask Rihanna to send you from the latest collection?
The black slippers.
What’s coming up for you in 2017?
More music & business opportunities.
Watch J $tash's set for COLORS Berlin below.
For more of our editorials, check out our shoot with London-based artist ThisisDA right here.