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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer S-X has made his name collaborating with such heavy-hitters as Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper and J. Cole. This year, the 29-year-old’s long-awaited, soon-to-be-released debut album Who We Are showcases the artist’s signature lyrical prowess paired with a unique pop-R&B sound. “I’d say it’s relaxing, chill and honest,” the artist says. “But also energetic at times. I’ve never been able to describe my sound — it’s just S-X music.”

The so-called Wolverhampton Wonderkid took a step back from the industry in 2015 to slow down, start a family, and think about his next move. “I got to know myself more,” he says. “I was experiencing things with my mental health and I really had to just stop music for a while. I got a normal job. It was humbling, but also put so much into perspective for me. Which lead me to do something I’d always wanted to truly do, which is be an artist. And here I am now.”

At the time of this interview, the new album was in its final stages of development. “I’ve become super self-critical with my music and taking much more care with my writing and production,” he tells me. “Whereas before with my mixtapes, I didn’t really think about what I was writing always… I was just getting words out. But now I am focusing on changing that. I’m always learning as I go along.”

The debut single, “All Night (feat. Trippie Redd),” was written back in 2019 with Rico Love in Miami. “We knew it was special so just had to wait for the album,” he says. “And I’d say definitely expect more collaborations on the album!”

Here’s a day in the life of S-X.

 

Date  March 2, 2022

Time I woke up 12:00 p.m.

Every day starts with  Checking my phone to see many notifications I need to catch up on–haha.

Breakfast consists of I don’t even really eat breakfast, to be honest. That’s something I’ve always been weird with.

To get going I always  Take a shower and play music loud.

I dont feel dressed without  Shorts. I only wear shorts.

Before I start working I must  Not force the environment, I have to relax and be in my zone.

Currently working on  My debut album and I’m also doing some production and writing for other artists, too.

But Id really love to be  A fashion designer. One day I will do that. But timing is everything.

Book Im reading  I don’t really read to be honest. I never have been into it much, I struggle to stay focused when reading.

If I had to play one album on repeat, it would be  Drake’s Take Care,  probably because I’ve been slapping that album lately. Classic.

The perfect midday consists of  Probably sleeping–haha.

To help get through the day I need  A good sleep. Or I’m just not functioning properly.

Not a day goes by without speaking to  Myself in the mirror–haha. I do that often. I don’t know why but I always have. It’s one of my rituals.

Ill always fight for  What I believe.

Currently in love with  Kanye West Jeen Yuhs documentary.

Hoping to make time to watch  I love Ray Donovan so I’m trying to see the new movie.

By my bedside I always have  My phone, a bottle of water and the remote to my fan. I have to sleep with a cool air fan.

To help get through the night  I play rain sounds and that combined with the fan. Thank me later.

When I think about tomorrow, its always  Going to be a busy day.

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