Guest Star: "Wiz Khalifa Started Independent & Took It To The Next Level"

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 2:00PM

Written by SOHH for Kid Ink

[With so many independent-gone-major artists in the rap game these days, Kid Ink recently gave his take on the indie hustle and what rappers have inspired his grind to the top.]

I feel like the best thing from the independent grind is just the creative control and being able to give the fans what they want without having to worry about any legal issues. There's no paperwork and all that stuff.

It's just different things that you get from being independent. It's that freedom. I can't express that anymore [clearer]. It's really the only thing I care about dealing with these major label deals. It's having that freedom and momentum.

I don't want anything to stop. I want to keep going to work and I feel like we're showing you that the work is there. You eventually hit that ceiling and then there's only so much work that you can do.

The record labels are a big machine that controls a lot of work but as long as you are in control of your stuff, then you know how to work it and get that partnership. You've got to make it a partnership at the end of the day.

You can't look at it as you're signing yourself as much but you're signing a partnership. You want to work just as hard as they work.

Mac Miller is somebody that definitely inspired the independent album that I released. He's showing and proving what you can do. There's a couple different artists on the grind. Wiz Khalifa was somebody on the grind that started independent, took that next label step and then took it to the next level.

I'm not necessarily saying I wouldn't crossover completely, I don't want to switch up too much [with my music]. There's a lot of different independent artists that have [influenced me].

Solidifying himself as a real MC, Kid Ink garnered career-defining features from Hip-Hop and R&B stars including Young Money's Gudda Gudda, Roscoe Dash, Sterling Simms, Bei Maejor, Meek Mill and many more. Kid Ink's uncompromising work ethic would not allow him to rest on his more than impressive laurels; there needed to be a 'visual' movement to showcase his innovative style and unique persona.

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