Desiigner Talks Influences, Upbringing & More With Genius

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The Life And Times Of Desiigner by

John Kennedy


has gained nationwide attention for hit single, "Panda". Landing is an early shoe-in for 2016’s rap rookie of the year, Desiigner is on everyone's radar. But the man behind 


—who Kanye West announced as G.O.O.D. Music’s newest signee in February—has a story that goes deeper than questions about endangered bears. During a walk around Gowanus, the Brooklyn-born rapper delved into those hot topics with Genius' 

Rob Markman

. Desiigner also goes deeper, recalling his early music influences, his quick ascent to the top of rap, and the bullet wound that changed his life.