Fresh talks about his upbringing on the East Coast, moving to Los Angeles, working with Scott Storch, most memorable sessions with Brandy, Ari Lennox & the Queen Beyonce, his Grammy nominations, being a black man in America, and more!
;Fresh On Writing Lucid Dreams For Brandy, Speaks About Being A Black Man In America Fresh On Writing Lucid Dreams For Brandy, Speaks About Being A Black Man In America By : Shirley Ju/ Categories : Features/ December 20, 2020 Fresh talks about his upbringing on the East Coast, moving to Los Angeles, working with Scott Storch, most memorable sessions with Brandy, Ari Lennox & the Queen Beyonce, his Grammy nominations, being a black man in America, and more! (AllHipHop Features) Fresh has worked with some of the greatest names in the music industry, and he shows no plans of slowing down anytime soon. During a tumultuous 2020 where the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice has taken a toll on everybodys life, jobs, and overall mental health, the producer, songwriter, and visionary shines on top with one of the biggest years of his career. With his own company titled King With A Dream, inspired by his last name King, Fresh is heavily influenced by the legends: from Michael Jordan and Kobe to Michael Jackson and Prince to Stevie Wonder and Biggie. The 3 words he lives by are figure it out, which lead him relocating to Los Angeles without having one single contact. He states, Flew myself out, put my money up for myself and built a relationship that now my phones crazy. To date, Fresh has incredible accolades under his belt, including 9 Grammy nominations and one win for his workin co-writing All Night on Beyonces critically-acclaimed LEMONADE album. AllHipHop: You say youre driven and focused, where does this drive come from? Fresh: Literally knowing when you dont have options, you learn to create them. Im not trying to be deep in thought, Im a thinker. AllHipHop: Youre from Brooklyn but lived in Queens, how does that play into your life and career? Fresh: To keep it all the way 100 with you, my mom wasnt around after 10. My dad left around 2 or 3 so he wasnt in my life. I was fortunate enough to beat the system. My grandparents raised me, truly the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. Had I not had them, I wouldnt be sitting here talking to you today. When you watch the Lion King, no pun intended, when he says the Elephants Graveyard, thats what Brownsville, Brooklyn felt like. What goes there never comes out, is what he told Simba. I made it out of that. AllHipHop: When did you come to LA? Fresh: I was bicoastal for 3.5 to 4 years. About a solid 3 years ago, I said yo Im spending 8 months out the year here. What am I doing? Im only in New York for family and friends but they at work all day, I gotta get the f### outta there. I came to LA and turnt it up after I built myself. Im flying back, I got Scott Storch hitting me like yo, you left? Yeah dawg, its been two weeks. He goes I had this play for you. Im tired of doing plays to come do nothing in New York. New Yorks dry. I love my city but that s### dry. I love the city but for where we at, you cant tell Steve Jobs that Apples going to Asia and youre like nah, Ima stay in the United States. N*gga, Im out. So I was out. AllHipHop: Whats the dynamic in the studio working with Scott Storch? Fresh: Scott works out of his crib. Smokes, 420 all day. We light up. Depends on the energy we working on. Its always fun working with Scott. Its melodies, its concept, free from restriction. Its the way studios should be. You get to open up the f###### door, look outside, sit by the pool, make music and make money. Thats what this should be about: try to work with the people you enjoy having fun with. AllHipHop: Did you learn anything from him? Fresh: Just because youre down, doesnt mean youre out. It taught me dont ever take this s### for granted. Understand that as long as you got the musical gift and you respect it, itll always keep giving you. AllHipHop: What were those sessions like with Brandy? Fresh: Think about going into a session with somebody like Brandy, sitting there having therapy sessions, vibing with her. We begin writing songs, goes in the booth and sings the song back to you. Youre hearing this voice that youve heard your whole life sing songs you just wrote with her & Kaydence, that s###s amazing. With the theme music of DJ Camper, the musical choices and taste buds on that s### was insane. Those sessions felt like a dream, nah this s### aint real. Go to Atlanta like yo Brandys singing this song back, this is nuts. Thats what it is. AllHipHop: Favorite song you made with Brandy? Fresh: Besides Borderline, I didnt do that one. I came in late right after they did that one. My favorite song is Lucid Dreams because of what it stood for. The times where shes going through a lot and I could relate to it. She began dealing with Ambiens and getting addicted, wanting to be asleep more than she wanted to be awake. With depression, shed have these dreams where she felt alive inside those dreams. That spoke to my soul because we all had those spots or we will have those spots in our lives. I love when fans hit me back about that one. It wasnt ab