Fridayy Reveals How He Burst Into The Music Industry And Won Three Grammys In Just A Year, Dreams Of Working With Frank Ocean, Relationship With Vory, + New EP

Fridayy is a 3-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer from Philadelphia. He’s currently signed to Def Jam and earned his breakthrough moment this year by appearing on hit tracks like DJ Khaled’s “GOD DID” alongside Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Jay Z, as well as “Forever.” by Lil Baby, who earned his first top 10 on the Billboard charts.

We had a chat with Fridayy about how songwriting helped him get into the music industry faster, his unique sound, his dreams of working with Frank Ocean, his recently released EP Lost in the melodyand more.

Oumou Fofana: This is YOUR year. You were recently nominated for the Grammy Awards and you are already on the Billboard charts. How are you feeling right now?

Friday : I eat well. That’s not really a way to explain it. I feel blessed though. I feel blessed, that’s a good word for it.

Fofana: Have you ever imagined breaking and entering like this?

Friday : I always imagined it but I didn’t know it was going to be like this, so fast and how it happened. But I always saw myself at this level. I always knew I was meant to be at this level. For sure.

Fofana: On the other hand, your voice on “God Did”? Wow. You really brought this song to life. You’re a rising artist and already on a record with music icons like Jay Z and Lil Wayne.

Friday : It’s crazy. Sometimes I think it’s unreal, like it’s just crazy. There are people who have been in the industry for a long time and they cannot have the opportunity that I had. It is a blessing. They can’t get on a song with Jay Z. The fact that I did that in my freshman year is a blessing.

Fofana: Can you tell us the story of this achievement?

Friday : I watched Khaled a lot on Instagram quoting the saying “GOD DID”. So me, my manager, and A&R thought it was a good idea to try sending him a song with that message. The song originally started with me. There was no one else on it. At first Khaled told me it was really meant to be an interlude with just me singing. But one day Khaled called and said he was going to make it a legend. That’s when he kicked off all the rappers.

Fofana: Besides your vocals on Lil Baby’s single “Forever,” which is from his latest album, you also helped produce it. How did this collaboration come about?

Friday : It was actually through me and Vory. It was me and Vory’s song. He posted it on Instagram and I guess Lil Baby heard it. I don’t know how he heard it but he hit Vory and said, “Who sings on the hook?” Vory was like, “That’s my guy, that’s my man Fridayy.” That’s how it started. Lil Baby took Vory away and just kept the song for himself. Originally it was supposed to be me and Vory’s song.

Fofana: When did it happen?

Friday : It was like three weeks before Baby’s album came out. It was like recent. It was like finishing his album. We just got into it.

Fofana: Everything happens so fast for you. Achievements one after the other.

Friday : That’s what I’m telling you. I don’t even know what I feel yet. I haven’t really had a chance to really sit down and absorb it all.

Fofana: You’ve written and produced songs for Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Tink, G Herbo, Rod Wave and many more. Did you start as a producer, then moved on to vocals? Tell us about this trip.

Friday : I have been an artist all my life. It wasn’t really moving because I never had the structure or anything you needed outside of the music. I never had these things. So when I met my manager, he was like, “Dude, maybe you should start writing and producing. It might be a faster way for you to get in the door. Because for real, for real when you meet as an A&R and you tell them you’re an artist, they really don’t care. When you tell them you’re a songwriter and you can give their artist 10 songs, they really lock in with you. They will bring you to the studio every day. It’s as if you were offering something other than trying to get a contract to become an artist. So, like, me writing first, that was a quicker way in.

Fofana: It is very interesting to know. Is music something that runs in your family?

Friday : Yeah, all my brothers make music. And my cousins ​​too. We all play an instrument in one way or sing in one way or another. It’s really family. I also think it’s like a church story. Hear all the music growing up.

Fofana: You have a very unique sound. Your voice is just different.

Friday : I used to listen to a lot of soul singers, old school singers, gospel singers, and all that. I listened to a lot of John Legend, Boy II Men and church music. Then I mix it with the new energy. That’s how I would explain my voice.

Fofana: Who gave you the nickname “Melody God?”

Friday : I gave myself this nickname. It was like the first time me and Timbaland started working. And then he kept telling me, “Bro, like, these melodies are crazy. You do not miss melodies. I really named myself that, but I was just starting to get amplified because Timbaland was the GOAT for me. The way he was just responding to what I was sending him, I was like, “Yeah, I’m the ‘Melody God’ for sure.

Fofana: Are you looking for musicians to inspire you?

Friday : Timbaland one of them for sure, Kanye West one of them for sure. There are many producers that I could name. Many with whom I already work, like my brothers. I’m inspired by Ayo, he’s a producer, Bizness Boi, Fortune.

Fofana: Artists with whom you dream of working?

Friday : Dude, I want to work with Frank Ocean. I want to work with Tems, Sza, Burna Boy.

Fofana: I was listening to your EP Lost in the melody yesterday. I really felt the vulnerability through the lyrics. You can say that your past struggles were a big inspiration behind this project.

Friday : Yeah, I just wanted to focus on what I was going through and what I know other people are going through, you know? I just wanted you to feel it through the music. Sometimes I don’t even dive deep. Like I could really dive deeper, but I just keep it as a surface level so you can put it your way. Like, no matter how you take it, you take it. Because it would be like songs like “Don’t Give Up On Me” or “God Sent”, my fans would hit me and they would tell me different, you know what I mean? Like different scenarios of their own life as they relate to the song, you know? So I just try to connect with people because I know everyone is going through something.

Fofana: God Sent is actually one of my favorite songs from the Ep. You and Vory? He’s one of my favorite artists right now. It’s an epic combination though. What is your relationship with Vory?

Friday : Vory one of them, like as soon as he heard me, he just wanted to help. It was genuine. Even giving him that song to Lil Baby, it just shows you the type of nigga he is, you know? He just wanted to help. He’s my brother for real. As soon as I established a connection with him, he would just give me advice. Like we’re on the phone, he’s just giving me advice on how to get through this. You know, because he’s been doing this longer than me. Vory really likes one of the GOATs right now. He is the favorite artist of your favorite artists. All your A-list artists love Vory. He just helped me because he started out a bit like me. He came with Bryson, he came with Drake.

Fofana: How did you meet each-other ?

Friday : It was Instagram.

Fofana: What was the best advice you ever received from someone in the industry.

Friday : Don’t stay focused on the victory you just got. Like keep working because once you win everyone really wants you to quit so you really have to go three times harder. Just like Khaled said, the key to winning is to keep winning. When I look back 10 years, I want to be like “Damn, I really left a mark.” That’s why I don’t really delve into it like you said. I’m just thinking next.

Fofana: Like it should be. So what’s next for you?

Friday : Probably a tour, definitely a new project in 2023.

Fofana: Other clips from the EP?

Friday : Oh yes definitely. We shoot. We’re trying to shoot music videos for a lot of the songs on the EP. Definitely be on the lookout for some remixes. And some additional features. I’m on a few people’s projects that are about to come out too.

Watch the music video for Fridayy’s latest single “Empty Stomach”, taken from his debut EP Lost in the melody below:

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