What made you decide that this tour was the right time to have a customized spacesuit?
Well, when I look back at the Indicud album coming out, I realize that it was a big transition for me as an artist. I wanted to absorb the music and take my live show to the next level.
With that train of thought, I took a step back and started to think about ways I could bring an experience to the kids at the show. Leading up to the storyline of Man on the Moon III, I feel like everything that¹s happening up to now is the prelude. With the way Indicud left off, it was like I went back to the moon to gain some peace of mind. I jumped back in my ship and left Earth after I was resurrected from the death of Mr. Rager in Man on the Moon II.
So this is part of the warm-up for Man on the Moon III.
This is me thinking about the trilogy and the theme of the story to show what Man on the Moon III is going to be, subject-matter wise. I thought it would be cool to give people some type of Moon Man visual, which I¹ve never done before. It¹s always been metaphorical, but coming up with the suit idea just hit me.
How did the process of the suit being made start?
I reached out to my boy Omarr Rambert who works with Jaden Smith after I saw the After Earth suit in the preview. I was watching the trailer, and I thought, “Man, that suit is fresh. It¹d be dope if I had something like that on the road.” Then I just started wondering if it would be possible.
Omar made some calls and got me in touch with José Hernandez, who created the suit for After Earth and many other films. He¹s been a part of so many things, whether it¹s X-Men, Spider-Man, or Tron. The dude¹s work is remarkable and he pays close attention to detail. He¹s a genius. Linking up with him was awesome because he understood my vision. We went back and forth a couple times on the designs, but once we had it, we had it. Then everything came together.
What are some special features that, to the untrained eye, people may not catch?
Well, the first special feature is that there¹s a zip-hole for me to take a bathroom breaknot kiddingthat no one knows about. There¹s that. Also, it¹s really comfortable. We did a full-body scan so that it would be totally designed for my body, and it fits really well. It¹s actually a bit of a workout on stage, and it feels awesome to be performing in it and sweating.
Outside of that, the detail on the backpack is something that we paid close attention to, because we wanted to have my ears hidden. José got the measurements and created the little hidden space in the book bag with wires so the antenna can come out, and I can adjust the volume on the pack as well. So that¹s a dope little custom feature, as opposed to back in the day, where I had to reach behind on my back pocket and turn up the volume. Now the pack is hidden, and it¹s not such an eyesore.