Born Michael Olmo in 1999 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, dior and his family moved to Corpus Christi when he was 5, after his father served in the navy. In Texas, dior grew up a few miles from Brockhampton Street, which ultimately served as a namesake for the rap group led by Kevin Abstract. Brockhampton’s success motivated dior, who also counts Prince, The Strokes and J. Cole as inspirations. “Just knowing that [Abstract] came two minutes from my house and made it to L.A. made me feel like I could do it too,” he says.

Within a month of moving to the West Coast, Taylor helped dior land a meeting with 10K Projects founder/ CEO Elliot Grainge. Despite “every single label in the world bidding” on him, says Grainge, 10K Projects signed him to a recording contract in April 2019. The announcement coincided with the release of his nothings ever good enough mixtape, a 19-minute emo rap effort that further solidified his place in the new class of SoundCloud rappers.

“Juice WRLD was a rock star in my eyes — he opened the doors to being able to talk about anything in hip-hop,” says dior. “I don’t think there are any rules to making music. It’s all about how you feel. If I feel like making a rock song, then that’s what we’ll do. If I feel like making pop, rap or R&B, it doesn’t matter. There’s not really a boundary for me.” He also doesn’t want to rule out the idea