UPDATE (04/28): Lil Baby is clarifying some comments he made about demanding $5 million from his label after his words took on a life of their own yesterday.
The rapper made the comments during a recent Instagram Live session. A clip of the excerpt circulated across social media, prompting a wave of reactions.
However, later that night, Lil Baby clarified that he was just joking around in the video.
“Tell these people it was a joke!!! How many $5M’s we done ran up? Oh ok,” the “Baby” rapper wrote in his Instagram Stories, and tagged Quality Control CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas.
“Too Many Times Idiots. Y’all MF’s Love A Story. ‘My Turn’ Deluxe Come Out Friday. Go Run That Up,” Pee responded on his own Instagram page.
ORIGINAL STORY: Rising rap star Lil Baby is considering putting a pause on making music amid the coronavirus unless his label meets his demands.
During a recent Instagram Live session, The “Drip Too Hard” rapper claimed that he told his label, Quality Control to give him a large sum of money or he’s going back to hustling in the streets.
“It’s either get on Instagram or go to the hood. You know what’s up with me,” Lil Baby proclaimed. “I don’t want to go to the hood, so I’d rather get on Instagram...I told my label the need to give me $5 million or I’m going to hustle, f**k it.”
“I can’t be sitting in no house,” he continued. “Give me $5 million or I’m doing what I do.”
Later in the livestream, the rapper added “I know my label cares about me. They don’t want me out got d**n doing no bulls**t.” He also clarified that he was not talking about selling drugs to generate an income.
The Atlanta native has emerged as one of rap’s hottest artists taking over charts, and dropped off his latest studio offering, My Turn, back in March. The release earned the 25-year-old his first No. 1 album, according to Billboard.
Unfortunately, the timing of the highly anticipated release coincided with the coronavirus outbreak, which led to the cancellation of live events, festivals, and concerts where artists make most of their money.
Check out Lil Baby’s livestream below:
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