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Bas Gets Personal: Being Pushed by J.Cole, Talks Donald Trump + Breaks Down Lyrics on ‘Too High to Riot,’

Dreamville, the dream’s real.

Following the release of his new project ‘Too High to Riot‘ Bas stopped by Sway in the Morning staying humble on the way up, it would’ve been easy for Bas to play off the success of J. Cole and carry around an ego as if he already “made it”. But, then again Cole put in that work in a similar fashion despite being signed to Jay-Z so in retrospect it’s not hard to tell why the Dreamville team is so strong. There is absolutely no substitute for that work ethic, it’s that hunger and drive that pushed Bas to take on the challenge of building his own fan base jokingly calling himself “a n*gga with no fans” even turning down an opportunity to play the Garden with a mindset of “I want to earn my spot on that stage” – rare.

As the conversation progresses, you can immediately tell he’s not your typical artist as he chimes in on the Presidential debate and how shocked he is that Trump is getting so much support in America. On the flip side, it is refreshing to know that Bernie Sanders has been about the things he is fighting for currently long before a presidential campaign was in his plans.

That’s about as far as the politics go when it comes to Bas though, the Dreamville emcee gets intimate and bares raw truth when breaking down some of the lyrics on his album ‘Too High to Riot’. He details a few stories that exposed unfortunate jealous motives around him as well as heartbreaking events that inevitably helped him craft one of the best projects of his career.

Enjoy the full interview below and show your support by picking up his latest album on iTunes afterwards.


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