Rapper Lil Baby recently revealed how invested fellow rapper Young Thug is when it comes to paying it forward in hip hop. The “Drip Too Hard” emcee recalled how Thugger helped fund his start in the rap game.
Lil Baby sat down for an interview with XXL in his old Atlanta neighborhood of Oakland City and detailed what life was like for him before Young Thug gave him cash to leave his hood and move on to a successful career in hip hop.
“Young Thug, he gave me all the jewels,” the “Yes Indeed” rapper shares. “He literally paid me to leave the neighborhood. [He said], ‘Bruh you can rap, you got it. You could be next. You gotta leave the ’hood… I’ma pay you to come to the studio.’”
Prior to Thug’s investment, the 24-year-old had garnered early buzz for himself after he posted a snippet of a song on Instagram and got the attention of both Gucci Mane and Thugger.
“I’ma sign him,”Baby says Gucci commented on the post. “And Thug was like, ‘He already signed to me.’ And then from then on, I just start like every day, I ain’t stop. I’m here now” he added.
With the stamp of approval from the two successful rappers, Lil Baby knew he was on a path that could help him provide for his son.
“My ultimate goal is my son, and a lot of other kids, to not have to grow up the way I grew up,” he explains. “I just give them a different outlook on something. I want to let them know they can have this much fun by doing something legal like me rapping for instance. Not just being able to show them a negative lifestyle [but] just to show them the positives.”
“I want to be a superhero dad to where my kid feel like everything I do is nothing wrong,” he continued. “He just wants to not be like me, but he so much like me that he becomes better than me. I just want to be that to my children. The ultimate father. Even if I didn’t have the money, or whatever, you know what I’m sayin’, I still want to be Superman to my children”
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