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8 min readApr 12, 2022

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Most rappers discovered their talents at an early age: Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes used to have rap battles in their high school cafeteria, Lil Wayne joined the hip hop group Hot Boys when he was just 15, Eminem began performing in Detroit clubs at 14, and Bow Wow was discovered by Snoop Dogg at the age of six. However, that wasn’t the case with Lil Baby. The Atlanta native didn’t pick up the pen for the first time until he was 22.

After dropping out of school in the ninth grade, Lil Baby began to chase a bankroll through drug dealing. He was so successful at moving dope that he had two condominiums by the age of 17. The drug dealing eventually caught up with him, and at the age of 20, he was sentenced to two years in prison. Fortunately, upon his release, Lil Baby had options. He was childhood friends with Young Thug, and through drug dealing, he had become close with Kevin Lee and Pierre Thomas, founders of Quality Control Music, the home of Migos and Lil Yachty. In 2016, the duo began inviting Lil Baby to the studio in hopes that he would try his hand at rapping.

Fast forward to 2022, Lil Baby is a rap superstar. He has multiple platinum albums, a Grammy-Award, and 98 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, more than the The Beatles, Madonna, and Rihanna. His 2020 LP My Turn is the longest-running album in the top 10 of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart since its inception in 1965, an impressive feat given the rapper has been relatively quiet since the project’s release. But now, Lil Baby has returned with his first new solo music in over a year. He’s made up for the lost time by dropping not one but two singles, In A Minute and Right Now.

In A Minute is a contemplative track which reflects on Lil Baby’s trek from the streets to the…

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