Dej Loaf also talks about her relationship with Meek Mill and reveals her hopes of getting DMX to feature on her album.
Dej Loaf recently spoke with XXL to discuss various topics including her highly anticipated yet-untitled upcoming album.
During the conversation, the Detroit emcee spoke on the status of the project and whether or not she’s decided on an album title.
“I’m going to just take my time with it,” Dej says. “I don’t want to put out just anything. I want to make sure it’s perfect. They’re already giving me hell about this and that. I’m just going to take my time with it. I’m not rushing it. If I feel confident enough next month and I got a good album, then, ‘Yeah, okay, we got it.’ I’m not going to rush it; I’m not going to take too long. I’ve got enough songs to be like, ‘Here’s an album.’ But everybody does that, that’s why their albums be… I’m just going to take my time with the album… I don’t [have a title yet]. I have a couple names but I’m just going to let it flow. I’m going to do the music and then [go with] whatever feeling I come up with.”
Before discussing who she’d like to feature on her forthcoming album, Dej spoke on her relationship with Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill and revealed that the pair have recorded some material together.
“Yeah, Meek is cool,” she says. “He reached out when he came home [from jail]. He’s interested in my music, he likes it. He hit me up on FaceTime, he was like, ‘Yo! Your music is crazy. If anybody riding with me right now, they’re listening to Dej Loaf. That’s all I’m playing.’ He was rapping my lyrics and he told me his favorite song was ‘I Got It’ on the Sell Sole mixtape. He just rocks with what I’m doing. We flew out to Miami and we did those records. He’s definitely cool. I could see us being really cool. The whole Dreamchasers family, they’re cool guys.
“I spoke with DMX, he called me a couple of weeks ago,” Dej adds regarding who she’d like to get on her upcoming album. “That’s something that [I hope to get on the album]. He already said he’s just a phone call away. My number is in his phone and his number is in my phone. That’s somebody who I would love to work with. Maybe Swizz Beatz can do the beat. That’ll be crazy.”
Speaking on the concept of her upcoming album, Dej Loaf says she wants to reiterate her story, similar to how she did on her first mixtape, Just Do It.
“I just want to re-tell my story,” she says. “I did that on my first mixtape but a lot of people didn’t hear it; it’s called Just Do It. I just really told my story [on there], so I’m going to do it again. Just to reintroduce myself to the world, now that I have a lot of new people tuning in. I’m going to introduce myself and tell my story in stylish ways.
Later in the conversation, Dej Loaf touched upon her contribution to “Detroit vs. Everybody” off Eminem and Shady Records’ Shady XV album. Dej says that although she didn’t get to meet Eminem, she appreciates him for giving her the opportunity to shine on the cut.
“I didn’t get to meet him yet but the record was crazy,” Dej Loaf says. “Royce Da 5’9 reached out for us to come to the studio and we went to the studio. He played the record and he was tellin’ me who he wanted on it. He was tellin’ me Big Sean, Danny Brown and just everybody who was on there. He was like, ‘You’ve got to get on it, too.’ You never know what’s going to get on what when you do records with people. Sometimes they never come out and you’ll be like, ‘What happened to that song we did?’ I didn’t know it was going to be on the album. He mentioned it but like I said, you never know. But when the tracklist came out and the track made the album, I was getting so many shout outs. I appreciate him for giving me that opportunity.”