Atlanta superstar Lil Baby is one of the few rappers who is ink-free. While most probably haven’t noticed nor given it much thought, the 25-year-old has a very valid reason as to why he has yet to undergo the needle.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Baby said the reason for his no tattoo policy is because he never wants to appear as a “dope boy” while he’s trying to get a corporate bag from the “white folks” as he explains.
“I never saw me being a rapper,” he explained. “A big-dog dope boy, that’s it. Not even just a dope boy. That’s why I ain’t got no tattoos, because I always knew I was going to run my money up, and I was going to have to go sit in front of some people to do something with my money. And I didn’t want them to look at me like a dope boy.”
He went on to add, “I had to keep my appearance straight. I literally said, ‘When I sit down in front of these white folks, I don’t want to have no tattoos.’ In a way, it’s still that today. Because when I’m sitting in these meetings, I don’t have tattoos on my face. I know they’d have to think something if I’ve got tattoos on my face.”
As Baby gears up to release his latest album “My Turn,” securing his bag is more important than ever. The “Woah” hitmaker is looking to expand past his title of rapper and climb the ranks as mogul.
“I don’t care about my own music,” he revealed. “I really want to own a label — like Def Jam, though. Like Roc Nation. I’d rather go that way, where I manage a Selena Gomez and get 10 percent off of it. Where I’m not even on the scene no more. That’s my mindset. Boy, if I can pop two artists right now, I’m down to slow up on what I got going on, straight up. Why wouldn’t I? I can make the same money and I don’t have to be catching all these planes.”
‘My Turn’ will include appearances from longtime collaborator Gunna, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne and Moneybagg Yo.