Om'Mas Keith Helped Make Frank Ocean's Album. He's Far Out
Are you already working on the follow up to Channel Orange?
Oh, yeah. Frank has been over here and we've been having creative discussions of what we're doing. He's played me some records.
Aside from Frank, Yuna and Vince Staples, are you working on any other projects right now?
I'm about to be working on [Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt's collaborative album] EarlWolf. I don't use the word "tracks." But there have been creative and musical offerings made on my part for both Earl's album and EarlWolf.
You seem to prefer building new artists more than working with established stars.
I want to make sure it's a main focus. But I don't leave my eggs all in one basket because it's not wise for me as someone who wants to leave this legacy as someone who did it all. Quincy [Jones] did it all. He had a focus on youth while he had a focus on film while he had a focus on television while he had a focus on spirituality and the universe.
Clearly you're thinking of your legacy quite a bit.
I see myself leaving behind a legacy of being a world renowned creative force. I would say, I see myself as going down as someone who made great videos, television shows, records, unique art offerings 'cause I'm a craftsman. I hope to see myself as someone who continued to make offerings to the very end. And strived to be the best at all costs, aside from destroying peoples' lives and going to the dark side.
Perhaps wanting to leave a lasting legacy and saying you don't particularly care about the recognition conflict with one another?
No, I don't feel that [way]. It's just saying: I'm not going to destroy my mental well-being questing for this vanity play. The quest for the recognition is a vanity play. It's like a scene from Coming to America. Why shouldn't we wear princely robes? With the level of craftsmanship available, why shouldn't we enjoy these wonderful things?
Companionship and peace are the most important things to me. The worldly things? I see friends who have been destroyed by that. I did not try to get a Grammy award. But I will rejoice in a general consensus about my good nature. That's what the Grammys really is. The general consensus is that I am one of the top professionals in my field -- I didn't say it, they did. I'm with it. I'm not going to buck the system and say fuck y'all. That's bullshit. I'm not saying I need it but I'm not going to shun it away.
That said, how important would winning a Grammy be to you?
It is in fact the pinnacle of any form of recognition in the music world. I view it that way personally. I care. To elaborate, I don't care that more people will know who I am. But I appreciate and accept it. My quest is to leave a legacy for my down-line that is respectable, admirable and rooted in love, truth, peace, freedom and justice. And I think garnering accolades, though it's not part of my quest, that's why it happens.