Giveon Explains How a Drake Collaboration Changed People’s Perceptions of Him

Giveon’s quick rise has included co-signs from SZA, Snoh Aalegra, and Drake; in March, the latter gifted fans a hearty two-pack for rap purists with “When to Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle,” featuring the budding singer. Last month, the song rocketed to No. 14 on the Hot 100, giving Giveon his highest entry on the charts. Billboard spoke to Giveon about quitting his day jobs to become a full-time artist, how his wide range of influences shaped him musically and which female R&B singer he would do an EP with today…


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