Then a proper introduction came in the form of a 5-track EP titled Bagel, a heartfelt assembly of bubblegum trap songs produced by Singaporean producer GROSSE. It displayed the sum of his influences, like the merciless flow of rapper Logic, the shape-shifting r’n’b stylings of Atlanta artiste ELHAE, and the blithe pop hooks of KYLE.
Standout single ‘Appreciate’, though seemingly defiant, reassures his worried mother about the desire to pursue an increasingly viable music career as he shifts focus away from his studies. It was also a unanimous hit with the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage. During a Netflix special, Mustafa Shakir, who plays Bushmaster, exclaimed "Why is he not hot in America? He coming for you, Drake!"