'Leave Me Alone' Rapper Flipp Dinero On Getting a Drake Co-Sign, Working With DJ Khaled

Flipp Dinero is able to be a celebrity. The 22-year-old is buzzing with pleasure from the second he involves the cellphone from his native Brooklyn. He regularly sings out the title of his skyrocketing single “Leave Me Alone,” which marks his Hot 100 debut, and lets out a giddy giggle all through the decision.

He has each purpose to be in good spirits. Since the March launch of “Leave Me Alone,” he was cited by Drake as an affect for Scorpion, Fat Joe gave him a “tremendous thumbs up” and Tony Lanez added him as an opener on his Memories Don’t Die Tour.

Since signing to DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music, Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records on Aug. 28, he's trying to make a fair greater splash in 2019. Even as “Leave Me Alone” continues to climb the Hot 100, hitting a No. 53 peak final week, he insists he has loads of new music on the best way.

Below, Dinero opens up concerning the observe’s affect inside the athlete group, how the music’s real-life topic reacted to the lyrics and extra.

What was your preliminary response while you noticed “Leave Me Alone” on the Hot 100?

I virtually handed out. I used to be past baffled. I instructed my mom, I instructed my father, I instructed all my relations. I prayed. I used to be comfortable. Tears of pleasure, truthfully.

Why do you suppose that is your breakout music?

The subject is simply so relatable. It got here from the soul once I made it. I truly put my feelings into it, so far as it goes with the melody and lyrics. Shout out to] Drake as a result of Drake even selling the observe. Cedric the Entertainer, Russell Wilson, Justina Valentine, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott -- we might go on and on. It simply has been nothing however blessings with this music. But you understand what the fantastic thing about all of it is? “Leave Me Alone” taking off has make clear all my earlier songs, and now] all my songs are getting the identical response.

You present like to fellow Haitian Kodak Black on the music. Have you heard from him?

I haven’t heard from Kodak, however shout out to Kodak. He’s a giant Haitian affect in America. He represents his tradition simply as a lot as I signify my tradition. Just for each of us to be Haitian is a blessing. And for each of us to be Haitian and succeeding is a blessing inside itself. I positively need to hyperlink up with him quickly. We’d make some hearth.

How does the entire recognition out of your friends really feel and the way does it affect your coming music?

Numerous artists, once they get co-signed, are inclined to get big-headed. They neglect the truth that they nonetheless should work. Those co-signs gave me vitality to simply proceed to work. To proceed to make music. To proceed to put in writing. I took the co-sign like, “Okay, it’s an incredible praise, and which means I've a gem inside me. I've one thing inside me that’s essential.” So, I've to take heed of this. I've to grasp it.

A viral video of Giants participant Odell Beckham Jr. dancing to “Leave Me Alone” helped the music blow up. Why do you suppose the music took off within the athlete group?

That area is so annoying, so you might have so many individuals bothering you. You simply need everybody to depart you alone. All the athletes are like, “Grunts] Coach is on my ass at this time. Leave me alone.” You’ve bought that annoying ass shortie or that annoying ass man that’s texting you on a regular basis. And you’re identical to, “sings] depart me alone.” It’s simply so relatable.

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You’ve stated that the music’s topic would positively realize it’s about her if she heard it. Have you heard from her because it blew up?

Of course. She’s like, “Why are you dissing me?” I’m like, “What do you imply? I’m not dissing you. It’s the reality.” But] she loves it. It’s a vibe. It’s a humorous music, nevertheless it’s an emotional music. It’s so actual, and she or he is aware of it’s actual, too, so she needed to respect it. I actually did inform her to depart me alone.

How has being on DJ Khaled’s label opened up doorways for you?

I’m simply so comfortable that I've the chance to work with him] as a result of that’s somebody I’ve idolized my entire life. He’s a mogul, he’s an entrepreneur. He’s optimistic. He’s loving.

He has instilled positivity in me. I can’t really feel down anymore. I can’t bash myself. I can’t bash others. I can’t be round damaging vitality. My entire mentality has modified. I need to obtain. I need success and] positivity for everybody. I need to win. That’s my foremost goal. To make extra music that folks love and] can relate to. To be a decent artist so far as it goes with how I converse and the way I deal with different artists and different folks.

He was hyping up the group at your BET Hip-Hop Awards efficiency this 12 months.

It was so loopy that he did that. I needed to run offstage and provides him a hug. Like, come right here. Give me a hug. That’s my massive brother. He reveals me love. It’s nothing however love with us. We the perfect.

In your final Billboard interview, you talked about a coming mixtape. You’ve been dropping singles, however is there a timeline for a full venture proper now?

We don’t have a precise date proper now, nevertheless it’s completed and it’s able to go. Literally, I've a tape wrapped up, able to go. I’m simply deciphering, selecting. Making positive I choose the correct songs. Numerous unreleased with Khaled, a number of unreleased with Cinematic Music Group President Jonny] Shipes, a number of unreleased simply alone. Numerous collabs, too. You’d be shocked.

Any collaborations you can reveal?

Shhhhh. Top secret. Everything is prime secret. No brainer, no brainer, no brainer.

Where do you go from right here?

I need to do a number of issues for the group. I need to have the ability to set a basis constructed off of humility. For folks like who're in my place now, ten years later once I’m succeeding and when I've what I need, what I dreamed of, the people who find themselves in my place now might have a basis that's useful to them. I need to be a serving to hand, versus simply an artist who’s within the recreation who simply has some huge cash. It’s about giving and sharing and simply ensuring I share optimistic vibes. That’s what I’m about. Guala gang.

A model of this text initially appeared within the Nov. three problem of Billboard.