The last time we spoke to payton, he was making the transition from TikTok star to full-fledged artist. With the new EP insomnia, the journey is complete. Over warm retro synths and inventive beats, the 19-year-old previews a bright future as a musician.

Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos talk to payton about the making of insomnia, dating in the public eye, collecting tattoos, and leaving LA for North Carolina.

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I don’t know who needs to tell you this, but Keke Palmer isn’t “some up-and-coming indie actress” Jordan Peele discovered on the street. She isn’t trailblazing her way to the top by starring in Nope. She already is at the top, and she wants you to know that.

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