We had the good fortune of connecting with Complex and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Complex, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Life makes me happy. The good, the bad and the ugly. Everything that comes with life I’m grateful for and welcome it all. When I think about life I think about all the things I love about it. I love finding solutions to my problems. I love sharing good conversations and spending time with people I love and admire. I love self-reflecting and recognizing my pain has taught me many valuable lessons. I love all the emotions I experience; whether angry, sad, excited, happy or relaxed, I love being able to feel and express myself in healthy ways. I love the fun that I have. I love the passion that I feel. I love life itself and just being able to live, no matter what the circumstances are, is what makes me happy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The thing that sets me apart from others is consistency. You can listen to my albums cover to cover and not skip a song. I’ve never gotten a bad review on my music, it’s literally loved by anyone who listens. With power like that, I know I’ll be #1 very soon.
I’m most proud of how far I’ve come with my rap career. There’s been so many times where I would think, eh, maybe I shouldn’t rap, maybe I should focus on other things. There’s been times I’ve had writer’s block and thought my rap life was over. There’s been so many people to tell me, make rap my plan B instead of A. Like, I overcame all that and in just 3 years I went from having zero albums out and zero music videos to having 4 music videos on youtube, 4 albums out and a 5th album and music video on the way. I’m proud of my success. I went from having zero streams to having hundreds of streams each month. To some that may not sound like much, but it means everything to me to continuously watch my music grow.
Professionally, it’s been a roller coaster. From working with shady people to spending every dime I have on this, it was and sometimes still can definitely be a struggle. But the more you go through growing in music, the more you learn. You realize taking the less expensive route sometimes gets you the least impressive results. You learn that people WILL try to get over on you so doing research is pivotal to many moments in this field. But I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout this is to just truly trust myself and truly trust the process.
I want the world to know that Complex is a woman that wants to see others shine. I love to see other people winning! On my website I talk about the power of knowing yourself, loving yourself and being yourself. My music is for entertainment, but through my interviews you’ll recognize that I’m a very positive being and I take pride in having the mindset that I can achieve anything in this world. I want to spread my positivity and truly show people that you can be anything and have it all. Before the music on my first album starts (“Complex Thee Mixtape”) I say “There’s only two things you need in this world, confidence to do you, and knowledge to be able to define yourself. You just gotta know you the shit!”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a pretty chill person, so I pretty much do chill shit. I love to end up at the AMC to see a new movie. I love a happy hour, On the Border’s margaritas are always a go-to. There’s always a kickback somewhere in the city, we’ll gather and enjoy a cool night. But if I do want to actually go out and dress a little fancy I’ll head from Baltimore to DC to party. I love showing up at Stadium. I love shaking my ass at MK Lounge and it was always lit in somebody’s section at The Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my producers, Lawrence (@187beatz) and Jayno (@jaynomadeit). These two have believed in me and my music career since so early on. Lawrence started sending me beats as early as 16 years old. Jayno came into my life when I was 23 and started sending me beats too. They did this just off the strength of a) knowing I’m a write a fire ass song and b) truly believing I can take it all the way with my music. At this point, they’re my go-to for beats and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. They’re also the only ones I let hear my unreleased work. Like, the trust I have in these guys when it comes to my music is solid. I even come to them first to discuss album titles, lol. I know once I’m on top, they will be too. Not only because their beats make my hits, but because they’re great fucking producers all on their own.