Jeremih discusses having to prove himself after his first single "Birthday Sex," and what inspired him to create his new mixtape "Late Nights."
Jeremih's new project,Late Nights,Â is dropping today, so Rap-Up hopped on the phone with the R&B crooner to talk to him about his music career thus far, including his first smash hit "Birthday Sex,"Â how he decides who to work with, andÂ his tape Late Nights.
Although the Chicago singer may have initially been flagged as a one-hit-wonder with "Birthday Sex," Jeremih has proved he's got more to offer than just that single.Â He's become a staple on a hook, and knows how to make a catchy R&B jam. Read some excerpts from his interview below.
Persistence is very important in this industry. A lot of people said âBirthday Sexâ would be your only hit and then you topped yourself with âDown on Me.â Do you feel like you have to keep proving yourself?
At the end of the day, I feel like when I released âBirthday Sex,â I knew what it was when we wrote and recorded it and even performed it, I saw how huge that record was going to be. As long as I keep going harder and harder and coming up with what I feel, then Iâm hoping the world can feel that too. And thatâs what happened with âDown on Me,â because I didnât even know 50 Cent was going to get on that but big ups to him, he made that a movie. It sold almost 3 million now as far as singles. So I just want to keep going harder.
In the past year, youâve appeared on Waleâs âThat Way,â Diggyâs âDo It Like You,â and most recently Meek Mill and Drakeâs âAmen.â How do you go about deciding who to work with?
Coming from a production side, if I feel the track personally or if I feel the beat, itâs a no-brainer. You just got to do whatever will fit a hot-ass beat. So for all thoseÂ records, every situation was kind of different, but we all just went in. Big shout out to Meek Mill, Wale, and Diggy because all of those were three different types of situations. I just heard the track originally and it just started from there. You never really know whatâs going to be big or not or what people are going to feel at the time, because every song has a season and itâs about the perfect timing. I just go in there with an open mindâjust try to have fun with it.Â
What inspired you to make the mixtape ["Late Nights"] and how far along are you on your thirdÂ album?
Since Iâve been signed, itâs been three years now and Iâve released two bodies of work through Def Jam and both of them I felt were complete solid bodies of work. ThisÂ gameÂ is so cryptic and crazy now that singles are really whatâs popular. Before I even release a thirdÂ albumÂ and have fans purchase something from me, I just felt like I want to give out a free body of work. This is the first mixtape that Iâve ever done in my life. So I treated it like my first two albums as far as the creation and taking my time. Iâm tired of hearing a lot of weak songs that I see win and Iâm like, âHey, how did that win?â Iâm not even trying to be a hater, Iâm just being real. In order for people to hopefully hear me a little bit more, I just had to put more than just my two albums out and why notÂ for free? I put out [Late Nights] knowing itâs a semi-albumÂ and I just wanted to put it out because I got otherÂ recordsÂ that I know for sure I want to put on my [third]Â albumÂ that are done, at least over half of it.