Kalan.FrFr has had one hell of a year. When I was finally able to track him down at Rolling Loud California, he was being escorted off the stage immediately following OhGeesy’s set. He was excited, seemingly out of breath, but appreciative of the moment nonetheless.
Hailing from Los Angeles, the budding talent has had a breakout year in music: earning a spot on Billboard’s list of the top emerging R&B/Hip-Hop artists in L.A., and completing a sold-out tour in support of his TwoFr 2 project. And with launching his philanthropic initiative earlier this year, he has done more for L.A. beyond curating the soundtrack to scoring. “A lot of people have been reaching out about being involved next year,” he says on the success of “TwoFr Day,” an annual community giveback that aims to provide local schools in Los Angeles with classroom supplies and toys for children.
At his best, Kalan finds comfort in the genuine support he receives from others. His music is driven by introspection and pays homage to the growth he’s experienced over the years. His lifestyle permeates the work, intertwining the idea of love with cash-rich mentions to offer perspective.
And though he’s grown accustomed to the acclaim received for his musical contributions, the Roc Nation recording artist still sees room for improvement: “I don’t feel like every song is good enough for y’all.”
What goes into preparing for Rolling Loud?
Man, just thinking about my fans forreal. Thinking about the people that’s out here supporting me: what they wanna hear, what’s a good performance song. Thinking about what I hear at other shows, what they repeat back to me. I try not to think too much about it, just go out there and have fun with it. This the best shit ever.
How does it feel to perform in your home state of California? You’ve grown so much this past year.
Spiritually and emotionally, growth is everything. This moment means the world to me. I don’t have to be booked for this. I used to pay for opportunities like this. Now, I’m getting paid to do this. I have the best job in the world, bro.
Can you describe the feedback you’ve received since launching TwoFr Day.
A lot of people have been reaching out about being involved next year. I feel like a lot of people are supporting me because they fuck with me as a person rather than it all being about the music. I feel like people fuck with me more just because of who I am, so I genuinely appreciate that.
Last time we spoke, you mentioned that you have almost 300 unreleased songs in pocket. Are you working towards releasing new music?
I ain’t never stopped recording. It’s just about getting different music from different stuff that I’m going through, different situations. I wouldn’t cheat y’all: every song doesn’t appreciate the listener. I don’t feel like every song is good enough for y’all. I’m a harsh critique of myself. I want it to be worth the listen because y’all don’t have to fuck with me, so I appreciate that.