The “Cooler Than Me” singer, 22, is one of summer’s hot new acts.
1 HE CALLS HIMSELF A “MAMA’S BOY”
When I was a kid, whenever my mom would leave my side, I’d [claim], “There’s a white tiger” and cry my eyes out until she came back.
2 JAY-Z ONCE WOOED HIM
I was a junior at Duke University in finals week. My manager said, “Jay-Z wants a meeting with you.” I caught a flight that night to New York. But he didn’t sign me.
3 HE PLAYED ON DUKE’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM
At Wake Forest I once ripped the frisbee out of a guy’s hand, broke his finger and scored at the same time.
4 BOYZ II MEN JUST SANG BACKUP FOR HIM
I wrote this song “Déjà Vu” and wanted to get a barbershop-quartet feel. Somehow they knew who I was and agreed.
5 HE HAS A GIRLIE SIDE
I love beaded necklaces. And I wear Dove deodorant in Powder [scent]!