When Bas first started rapping, it was, as he calls it, a “complete joke.” It was a late summer night in 2010, around 5 a.m., and he and his friends were just getting back from a party in the West Village when he picked up a mic.

It was just for kicks,” he tells Mashable. “We’d just get drunk and high and just mess around.”

Now, not even six years later, he’s coming off a stint opening for J. Cole, his mentor of sorts at Dreamville Records, on his Forest Hills Drive Tour. And on his sophomore album Too High To Riot, his followup to 2014’s Last Winter, the Paris-born, Queens-bred rapper is still trying to process all of it. Read more…

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