Open Space: Valee | Mass Appeal

0:41 Growing Up in Chicago
2:52 Going Against the Grain
5:01 On Making “Chill” Trap Music
6:04 Working with GOOD Music
7:12 What’s Next

Valee does things a little bit different than these other rappers. His Instagram Live strategy for instance. “I never go on live,” the Chicago rapper and GOOD Music affiliate revealed during a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ. The soft-spoken MC whose shape-shifting flows and patterns have altered the audio landscape also addresses imitation by other rappers “When I listen to it I really never get the time to get mad, because I’m so happy that they didn’t do it right,” he says. “Anybody who uses the flow—Tyler the Creator, 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj—no matter how big they are, it just makes me happy. Because you’re so big but you can’t do something right.” Check out this new and improved episode of Open Space right now.

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