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“When I was 20, I was like, ‘Oh, this is all I know how to do,'” says Tom Gaynor of career path

Australian rapper Tom Gaynor, better known as Allday, sat down with Rolling Stone as he prepared for his New York City show at Webster Hall in the latest installment of “RS Live.”

Growing up in the early millennium, Gaynor couldn’t quite get into crunk artists like Lil Jon but instead found himself listening heavily to the likes of Talib Kweli and Kanye West. “I was like ‘I can do this. I can definitely do that,'” he tells RS. “All through high school, if I had whatever [kind of] day, I would just write a rap about the day. ‘Fuck this guy, fuck this teacher, fuck this bitch.’ Then when I was 20, I was like, ‘Oh, this is all I know how to do.'”

The 24-year-old rapper made his debut in 2011 with the mixtape Noue Yesue. Since then, he’s released an EP, a debut LP and five more mixtapes — including this year’s Soft Grunge Love Rap. “I often write about love and doing drugs, stuff that’s relevant to my life,” Gaynor explains of his lyrics. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Fuck, I wanna say something that matters.’ But saying stuff that matters doesn’t sound cool. That’s my battle.”

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