Lil Baby revealed why he’s never gotten any tattoos in an interview with the New York Times. While answering a question about whether he foresaw rap as a career path, the Quality Control Music artist shared his reasoning for the lack of ink on his body.
“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 added, “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.”
Lil Baby also made it clear that rapping is nothing more than stepping stone for him. He hopes to shift to a position of power behind the scenes as soon as he possibly can.
“I don’t care about my own music,” he said. “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.
Lil Baby’s new album My Turn is scheduled to drop on Friday (February 28). The 20-track LP will feature collaborations with Lil Wayne, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Moneybagg Yo and Young Thug, among others.