Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Fader - "Desiigner Met Kanye West In A Car Outside LAX And Then Nothing Was The Same"
"At the start of 2015, Sidney Selby III was an impossibly deep voiced 18-year-old from Bed Stuy with dreams of a career in music and a handful of features under his belt. Then his manager, Zana Ray, encouraged him to finish a track he had been sitting on since he had bought a booming beat from producer Menace for $200 a year or so earlier.
That track, "Panda," Desiigner's first, was only beginning to gain traction locally in Brooklyn when Plain Pat, an A&R on The Life of Pablo, played it for Kanye West. Soon thereafter, Desiigner was on a plane to L.A. because Kanye wanted to show him something. He met with Kanye in front of LAX in a car surrounded by paparazzi, and together they listened to what would become "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2," a TLOP track built on "Panda."
West took off for Paris after that, but Desiigner returned to his studio, where he recorded an as yet to be released song that he credits with getting him signed to G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. Kanye announced this signing during his fashion show-cum-album listening at Madison Square Garden, and now Desiigner has taken a leave from high school to focus full time on music."