F$O Dinero describes his sound as “drip music,” as evidenced in the name F$O which stands for “fly shit only.” It was a few years ago that he was waking up every single morning to go play ball, but it was the moment he made the conscious decision to trade the hoop dreams for the music that fuels him still to this day. Read more…
The “Blue Bills” rapper prides himself in his unique sound, with the ability to adapt to anything and everything (like a chameleon). Coming from the small city of Broward County, Florida, he had to learn his rights and wrongs early on — an environment he attributes to becoming the man he is today. With 41.1K followers on Instagram alone, Dinero has his fans eagerly waiting for his forthcoming tape titled Color Money, with features from Lil Durk, City Girls, and Zoey Dollaz.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
When that’s all I really wanted to do, it was around last year. I tried going to school. The way my body and everything felt just for school, it’s like “that’s not it.” I know for music, if it was time to go to the studio, I’m ready to go. If I have to wake up at 6 in the morning for the studio, I’m going. I’m up. But for school, I couldn’t do it like that. Music’s what I wanted to do, I followed my heart.
Talk about trading the hoop dreams for music.
I used to play basketball in high school. My senior year, I stopped playing basketball because I started making a little money now. Me and my homies are trying out the studio, we dropped a song and people actually fucked with it. Where we’re from, we used to throw parties too so people were actually on it. I dropped my first song, everybody’s telling me “yo keep dropping music. Keep making music.” I’m making money, basketball was out of my head by then. Everybody’s telling me “keep doing this…” I already played ball but the coach? Nah. I stopped going to practice, I went to the studio. I went to college, I didn’t even buy no books. I bought studio equipment. [chuckles]
Growing up who did you looked up to?
Lil Wayne and them. When I seen what he’s doing, I’m like “this is what I need to be doing too!” Them boys were showing out, that’s the life I’m supposed to have too.
How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s important because while I’ve been out here, I’ve been meeting people and it’s a whole different vibe. It’s a way different energy than where I’m from. Where I’m from, we have these little gather ups, but it’s not no true networking like up here. Up here, shit everybody’s right there. Everything’s all together. People who inspire you, they might all be in one room just right then and there.
Justin (publicist): We ended up at the Record Plant party Friday.
It was fire, I ain’t ever seen anything like that for real. They were making beats. It was going, I ain’t ever seen anybody record music like that. Facts. It was like you’re at church, but it’s not church. [chuckles]
Favorite part about the West Coast?
The energy, the vibe, the weather. That’s my favorite part about all this. Everything feels different. The air is different.
At what point did you pick up the name F$O Dinero?
I tried two different names before this. First Pesos came to my mind, but F$O Pesos didn’t sound right. Then I had Tino after that, but that didn’t sound right either. One day, it just popped to me: F$O Dinero. It just sounds good altogether, compared to the other names. I stuck with that.
“Blue Bills” is a vibe. Bring us back to that studio session.
When I made “Blue Bills,” I had just got a bag. I’m in the studio with my homies, we’re messing around. Playing through beats, messing through the money. The beat started playing so I’m jumping around the room screaming “I love blue bills!” I just kept doing it. They’re telling me it’s annoying, but it stuck in your head. My instinct was “I might as well knock it down.” I went there: “I like pink 50’s green 100’s, I like blue bills!” It’s history from there.
Best memory from shooting the visual?
That was my first time actually on a big set. That whole experience let alone was good to me because I never experienced a big set and all that. Just the whole thing.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I come from a small town too, from nothing. If I can do it, then you can do it. Just put your mind to it. You have to take sacrifices in life for what you want, of course. Just keep doing what you love.
How important is social media for your career?
Social media is important to an extent because they want to see everything you’re saying too. You can’t really just be saying anything or not doing anything on social media, because the people following you will be like “what’s going on?” It’s pretty important because you have to show people what you’re doing. People want to see you’re doing something, the growth.
Favorite person to follow on IG?
Meek. I used to watch Meek’s stuff from when I was in 7th grade so I seen Meek from then and now. It’s like damn, that shit’s motivation. Everything he’s been through to where he is now is inspiring, to keep doing what I’m doing.
What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
Plaques. I need plaques, gold plaques. Platinum. Be in bigger scenes. Bigger placements. Headlining bigger events. Taking it step by step.
What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Get up, get the bag. Studio, have to get some girls of course. Good vibes. That’s a normal day, studio. I’m a studio rat.
3 things you need in the studio?
Water, snacks, and good energy.
What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I was at this school picking up my little brother. One of his little friends who loves my music, they ran up to me with pictures in their journal of just me. At that moment, it’s like damn, these little kids love me. That feeling made me want to keep going. I had somebody tell me my music helped him get through his mother’s death. That right there makes me want to keep going, to know that it can make people feel good.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Besides me? Jackboy, he’s from Florida. I listen to Thugger. I listen to Gunna.
You mentioned Lil Wayne was your biggest influence growing up, fav Wayne song?
I gotta go back. After Da Drought… “I’m Me.”
Anything else you want to let us know?
I’m going to have the hardest tape out. Color Money on the way.