And he told me about his inspiration for the Album’s songs:
“A lot of inspiration came from real life shit like real life events within my relationship, whether it was something I was going through within the industry of my business or my personal life, but a lot of it came from that. But as far as musical inspiration, I like a lot of the old-school music. A lot of Marvin Gaye, a lot of Michael Jackson, a lot of Lionel Richie. A lot of jazz, you know what I mean?” since Lionel is a personal friend and I also love his music, I asked him: “You like Lionel Richie? Oh, my God. He’s amazing.”
“Yeah, I’m trying to be like him.” He continues: “He’s still lit right now. A lot of people at that age ain’t really lit. He’s still lit.”
I wanted to know what he meant about his relationships: “With friends, family, my lady, my baby’s mother, you know what I mean? Myself, my son. Everybody, you know. All types of relationships. I’m learning a lot right now. Just have to talk to people, you know what I mean, and learn how to…I’m 22. I’m just now kind of learning how to grow the fuck up, you know what I mean? Like really learn how to handle my business, handle my shit, so you know, it’s just been that. It’s really that. And a lot of this shit came from my son. My son was born on November 29, 2016. But obviously, it was made before, so this whole time I’m making the album, he’s in my baby mother stomach, so a lot of the affirmation and the inspiration came from just knowing that he was coming, and then when he got here, knowing that he was there and I had to make sure everything was straight. Shout out to Pharo.”
Platinum Fire includes the 2017 single, “We Ain’t Homies (featuring YG),” which was written and co-produced by Ray. The single served as a strong addition to Ray’s long list of writing credits which includes songs for Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Rick Ross.