Lil Baby has had a pretty unorthodox and sudden path to stardom. The 22-year-old never wanted to be a rapper, but grew up in the same neighbourhood as Young Thug and Quality Control co-head Pierre “Pee” Thomas.
Pee and Coach K, the other half of the Quality Control brain trust, have known Lil Baby, who was always hanging around the studio with their roster of Atlanta artists, since he was a teenager.
Joe Coscarelli wrote for The New York Times that Pee and Coach K saw a specific profile and skill-set that seemed perfect for the mic, despite never hearing the kid spit a bar.
Lil Baby was uninterested at first, but after various legal issues saw him going in and out of prison, in February of last year Baby decided to get in the booth.
His first project, Perfect Timing, came out in April 2017 with features from some members of Atlanta hip-hop royalty, like Young Scooter and Young Thug, as well as Lil Yachty and Duke.
In July, Baby dropped his second project, Harder Than Hard, including the infectious “My Dawg”, the song that solidified Lil Baby as an artist to watch out for.
After releasing a collaborative mixtape with childhood friend Marlo titled 2 the Hard Way, Baby dropped another solo project, Too Hard. At the moment, Baby is campaigning for the 10th spot on the 2018 XXL Freshman class, just dropped his track ‘Yes Indeed’, with Drake and is gearing up to release his new project Harder Than Ever, on May 18th.