Fuse caught up with singer/rapper/producer Mike Posner right after his main stage set at Bamboozle, and the 24-year-old, who just two years ago was playing the festival’s small stage, told host Esteban Serrano how hip hop informed his style.
“I came up a hip hop kid so my whole thing was, ‘I’m going to say stuff a rapper would say, but I’m going to sing it,'” said Posner in the above video. “My first concert, my sister took me to see The Roots, Dead Prez and [Talib] Kweli. That’s the stuff I grew up on, so that’s the crux of my music. it might not seem like that from the outside, but it’s what I grew up on.”
The writer/producer has recently worked with rapper 2 Chainz and Justin Bieber (co-writing and co-producing the latter’s hit “Boyfriend“), but is staving off the pressure to release his upcoming second album Sky High. “In 30 years, no one’s going to remember if my album came out in June or October,” said Posner. “They’re going to remember if it’s fire or not. That’s what I’m more concerned with.”
In the video below, find out about Posner’s sneaker knowledge, why his mixtapes all have an airplane-based theme and how he became a brand ambassador for Reebok.