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


Flipp Dinero is able to be a famous person. The 22-year-old is buzzing with pleasure from the second he involves the telephone 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 chuckle all through the decision.

He has each motive 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 seeking to make a fair larger 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 way in which.

Below, Dinero opens up in regards to the monitor’s affect inside the athlete group, how the tune’s real-life topic reacted to the lyrics and extra.

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

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

Why do you suppose that is your breakout tune?

The matter is simply so relatable. It got here from the soul after I made it. I really 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 monitor. 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 tune. But you realize what the great 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 tune. 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 undoubtedly wish to hyperlink up with him quickly. We’d make some fireplace.

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

Quite a lot of artists, after they get co-signed, are inclined to get big-headed. They overlook the truth that they nonetheless must work. Those co-signs gave me vitality to only proceed to work. To proceed to make music. To proceed to write down. I took the co-sign like, “Okay, it’s a fantastic praise, and meaning I've a gem inside me. I've one thing inside me that’s vital.” So, I've to take heed of this. I've to grab it.

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

That discipline is so traumatic, so you could 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 the moment. Leave me alone.” You’ve received that annoying ass shortie or that annoying ass man that’s texting you on a regular basis. And you’re identical to, “[sings] go away me alone.” It’s simply so relatable.

You’ve mentioned that the tune’s topic would undoubtedly 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 tune, but it surely’s an emotional tune. It’s so actual, and he or she 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 joyful that I've the chance to work with [him] as a result of that’s somebody I’ve idolized my complete life. He’s a mogul, he’s an entrepreneur. He’s constructive. 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 unfavorable vitality. My complete mentality has modified. I wish to obtain. I need success [and] positivity for everybody. I wish 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 huge brother. He exhibits me love. It’s nothing however love with us. We one of the best.

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

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

Any collaborations which you can reveal?

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

Where do you go from right here?

I wish to do quite a lot 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 after 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 helpful to them. I wish 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 constructive vibes. That’s what I’m about. Guala gang.

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