ForteBowie is back to not giving a shit. The Southside Atlanta artist, known for his progressive urban roots and alternative vibes, has regained his sense of carefree creativity after an extended release-lull led by industry distractions and label woes. It's a difference you can hear in the newly distributed multi-faceted music and a distinction in the creative's voice as he flutters through a casual conversation about his latest project and his journey to releasing it.

Four years to the day after emerging with his acclaimed Something About #Bowie mixtape, which garnered him a loyal following and critics' attention, Something Else About Bowie is finally here. Despite ongoing pressures and behind-the-scenes setbacks that may be hovering nearby, Forte's future has never looked more promising. And he's cool with that.

First off, how's the summer going?

It's real hot in Atlanta. But the summer's been pretty cool. We put this project out and that's been the highlight. It's been kind of weird, because I've been battling with my label [TIG Records] trying to figure out what the fuck we were gonna do, because there was just so many holdups and I didn't really know what my future was going to be as an artist so I kind of just took initiative and said that we were going to create my summer and my own plan.

Did your label choose to ride with you after that?

I still think they aren't riding with me right now. They want me to do some whole type of other shit but this project is really good and we're getting amazing responses and reviews and shit. I feel like I did the right thing by trusting my own gut. It was kind of nerve-wracking at first, I'm not going to lie. There was some doubt. But, I think we're doing the right thing.

So four years after you dropped Something About #Bowie, you've now dropped Something Else About Bowie. And the date was literally to the day?

Yeah, we released it to the day. I remember that, because it was July and I remember Section.80 came out the same day. I was so worried and I was calling [my manager] Ty like, "Bruh, Kendrick just dropped. What am I going to do? Motherfuckers aren't going to care about my shit." But it actually worked out. We dropped it and I had a manager at the time that was in Nashville and I started going out there and doing shows and I built up a fan base over there and then I went to SXSW. 2DopeBoyz published it and after that, it was over. People really knew about that project. That was a long-ass project. It couldn't even fit on a CD, that's how many songs were on it. But yeah, I was in a certain space and I came up with it and that was four years ago.

So who is ForteBowie today in comparison to who you were during that release four years ago?

Man, in 2011, I just felt like nobody cared. I didn't care either and I was fine with that. I wanted people to know that I'm going to keep dropping shit on ni**as until ni**as give a fuck about me. I was an underdog and nobody really knew who I was. Fortunately for me, I dropped a project in time to be a part of the renaissance that was happening in Atlanta. That kind of worked out for me. Now, I'm kind of back to that place that I was in then. Because in-between then and now, I got signed to a label and got more recognition and I was being noticed and people cared. Instead of being on some, "I don't care shit," I started to give a fuck about what people thought, the perception and being on certain kind of blogs and I was really particular about all the wrong shit. I just cared about too much. It was all about the right look. And I wasn't consistent, because I was so concerned with the behind the scenes shit. So now, I'm back in that whole space of "fuck it," I'm just going to give y'all this music and I'm going to continue giving ya'll some good shit whether my label supports me or not. I'm not tripping.

How meticulous were you with this project, because you did take your time with it? I know you sing, rap, produce, engineer, design, so how particular were you with the creative process this time around?

Man, it's been a real long process. Something Else About Bowie is the product of like four or five failed projects, things that were supposed to come out and never came out. I kind of picked my favourite songs or songs that spoke to me at the moment and put those out. I still have songs that I've been sitting on forever that are still dope as hell and I'm saving it. I'm not one for saving music, but I just couldn't put everything on one project. I put what I could on here. A lot of these songs have been in the works since like 2012-2013. They were ideas back then and came into fruition. It's been a two-three year process. There's no skits or no real intro, just songs.

You've always been so layered and detailed in your work so tell me about new obsessions that have made their way into this new music that are new for you.

Being a producer, I sample a lot and I think that's another thing that was weird, because around 2014, I vowed to not sample to save myself from legal woes and shit. Some of the shit that I was making was dope, but I just had to go back into that whole thing. I'm a big fan of gospel music, especially early '90s and late '80s gospel shit. I always kind of felt wrong for sampling it. But I felt like if it was jamming, then fuck it. I sampled Hezekiah Walker and I think the choir was called FGC or something. So I've just been sampling a lot of gospel music now. Besides that, with song like 'Runnin' and 'Fire In Your Heart', on the production side, I've just been really finding a good way to fuse all of my influences. It's still urban and R&B but it's still very electronic and pop-ish. That's been a new obsession for me, finding the instrumentation and still be groovy and still be jamming but the melodies are still very easy.

And would you say that's led to an evolution in your new music?

I feel like I'm taking way more risks. I feel like I'm way more comfortable on tracks. I feel like I'm really defining my own sounds.

And your music is still very Atlanta, despite what others internationally may know about Atlanta's music scene via documentaries like Noisey's...

I need to speak on that. That whole series, I couldn't really get with it, because I felt like it was very weird. A lot of people from Atlanta felt that way too. They only show one side of the city. But I get it, when you think about Atlanta, you're going to think about Jeezy and Future. But, the city isn't all that. It does make up of what else is going on, giving the back history. It does apply to us too, but I think they just wanted to showcase the trap, which is cool, but there's another side. I think Makonnen was as far left as they went. They could have sat down and talked to EarthGang, you could have sat down and talk to me, even Raury.

The progressive and alternative side wasn't shown as much, so I wanted to know from you, if they were to film you for a documentary on Atlanta, what would they see?

I'm a regular ass motherfucker. I'm from the Southside. I live with my mom right now in Fairview and it's like big ass houses and white people and it's cool. It's kind of racist, because it's very red state Georgia and shit, but it's cool. When I'm in Clayton County or Riverdale with my boys, you're going to see a bunch of cool-ass dudes. We just be chillin. All the shit they were talking about, a lot of ni**as come from that. EarthGang, they're from West Atlanta, so all the shit they were talking about, we come from that, we just chose a different path. We're just different creatively and that would be an interesting thing to show people. These motherfuckers come from that shit too but, it's not that. I just felt like it was ten parts of the same.

So what are your thoughts on A$Ap Rocky's latest comments that all people from Atlanta sound the same?

If ni**as like A$AP still feel like everyone from Atlanta sounds the same, then that's weird. I love A$AP Rocky and what he's doing for the culture, but whatever we have going on, it's not that prominent to where somebody can still say that. Because if that's the case, then just say that all trap ni**as sound the same. Bruh, it's really a kaleidoscope of artists out here and we're not in the same lane.

Something Else About Bowie is out now.