Thu, July 16, 7: The newcomer, who turns 22 on Friday, has a No. He's had a game plan for long-lasting success that stretches beyond singing. Diddy move — to get my own company, birth talent and make stars," Jeremih said, whose looks are reminiscent of a young Sean Combs. Was it always easy for you to pick up different instruments? I feel like I always had an ear.
I have the ability and the gift to hear a song and really play it in a matter of five to 10 minutes and make my own version out of it. So it's always been easy playing by ear. Now reading, that's a whole other story. Was school just as easy?
I was always pretty organized in high school and my mother, she always pushed me to just overachieve, both my parents. They let me know education is key and without it nowadays, you probably wouldn't be able to get a good job or have a decent living You graduated high school at 16 and went to college at What was that like?
It was a challenge. At the University of Illinois, I stayed at a unisex dorm and everyday it seemed like there was something going on non-school related. And with me being so young, with the clubs out there you at least had to be 19 to get in the clubs, let alone drink.
So I found myself getting in a lot of trouble by graduating high school early. It was all lessons learned. Will you go back? At first I was like, "Man, don't tell me I just wasted four years of my life without even getting that piece of paper.
I really do plan on finishing — I came too far. Was it a challenge to get Def Jam to let you and your friend self-produce the entire CD? My biggest fear, honestly, was that you got Ne-Yo, you got The-Dream, you got Rihanna and Kanye West, all artist-songwriters, and how am I going to blend in? How am I going to make it at this label and not get lost in the mix? But once I thought about it, I'm percent confident in my music I felt I could blend, I can hang with the rest.
A lot of young fans listen to your music. Will you be an advocate for education? I felt it's really helped me out with speaking with executives and even with this interview right now. You want to know everything, what's going on, what's the meaning of these words people are saying, just to stay in tune.