By James Montgomery with reporting by Uptin Saiidi
Santigold recently dropped her sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe, which found the Philly-born, Brooklyn-bred MC trying to reinvent her sound. But if a fresh approach is what she’s looking for, her upcoming collaboration with Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt is definitely a step in the right direction.
“It’s about accepting that your fantasy is actually your reality, and trusting your imagination, and trusting that your imagination is actually a real sense of knowing,” she told MTV News. “It was about navigating through my mind, my emotions, and realizing I was in control. I had to trust my vision and my creativity and really own the art I was making … I had to grow into accepting that. It took a tremendous amount of trust in myself.”
And while she spent much of the past year working under conditions both real and surreal, Santi also found time to collaborate with (finally free) Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt on a new track. But since the collaboration was revealed via Twitter back in February, there’s been no updates on just when fans would be able to hear the track. So, when Santi stopped by the MTV Newsroom earlier this week, we asked her for the latest … and just how the unlikely team-up happened in the first place.
“I saw a tweet. I guess somebody re-tweeted that Earl said ‘I like Santigold, would love to do something.’ And I was like, ‘OK!’ ” she laughed. “I mean, he’s so cool, he’s such a cute, awesome dude. And they were at Coachella, and they were the first ones up onstage — we invite people up onstage [during her performance] — and they came and did some major booty-shaking moves. And a couple of them came to our MOCA show in LA. We did this event that Mike D curated … and they came there and caught the show.”
So, when can we hear it? Well, with a new album out, Santigold’s plate is pretty full right now, though she swears she’s going to get the track out as soon as she finds a free second.
“I don’t have many plans these days. I just kinda, like, soon as I can get stuff done,” she said. “It’s something I really want to do, so hopefully it will be done soon.”