West Coast rapper Kid Ink recently chopped it up with SOHH and shared his opinion on remarks by Yelawolf based on how much of an impact a major record label could have on an independent artist’s career.
Kid said he completely understood Yela’s stance and recommendation of building up your image and fan base before seeking out a major label deal.
“Exactly, I feel like that’s the best way to do it because you get to show and prove your worth to the label,” Ink told SOHH, co-signing Yela’s indie-to-major tips. “They then don’t have to worry about artist development because a lot of labels don’t have that time stamp and have to worry about grooming and putting somebody together. It costs more money that way, too. Why do all that when you can go grind? Why sit back and worry? I’m not waiting on the label to do that for me at all. I just want that extra spin move on top of the work I’m already doing.” (SOHH)
He also acknowledged the importance of keeping his work ethic on point.
“[My value] can only go up,” Ink added. “It can only go up if you continue to work. If I just stopped working, then that’s something else. It’s very easy to slow down.” (SOHH)
Last month, Yela dished out some advice for indie artists like Kid Ink looking to make it big on a mainstream level.
“My advice to other artists is um you don’t really f*cking need a label anymore, you don’t need a major label, you don’t need none of that sh*t,” he explained. “If they’re not absolutely working as a promotional company, as an engine to promote your music every single f*cking day — when you sign a contract, you better be d*mn sure they have obligations to work your sh*t. A lot of nonsense comes with it. I wish I could say that I’m happy with my situation but I’m not. I’m just putting it out there, I mean f*ck, that’s my job. It’s my life, it’s my job. I don’t have anything personally against Interscope or anyone up there, but my situation is not what it’s supposed to be. That’s for sure. When you join a label, you really shouldn’t be joining them to create a career. You should only be joining a label to better your situation. That way, whether they do something or not, you’re still in the same boat. You’re not really affected by them not working, you’re only helped if they do work. And that’s the kind of situation I’m in.” (Skee TV)
Coincidentally, Bad Boy rapper Machine Gun Kelly recently dished out initial problems he had with the corporate side of Interscope.
“First off, I hated the song when I first did it, because it was brought to me by corporate America,” Kelly said in an interview “They didn’t even come to me with the song. It was like a contest between the Interscope rappers like Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar and myself — it took weeks to get me to do the song, then three days later, it was on the Verizon commercial. … I was like, ‘Oh my God. This is crazy. This is nuts. This is cool.’ [But] I told my management, ‘Don’t you dare let them make this into a song.’ A month passes by, all of a sudden, I open up an email. They’re like, ‘Yeah. Jimmy [Iovine] wants you to records a second verse to this.’ And it had the hook on it.’ I don’t operate like that. I hate cookie cutter songs. … You weren’t there making the song with each other in the studio. It was presented to you. I write all my hooks. When I got this hook, I was offended. ‘You guys think I’m a cookie cutter artist?’ I don’t work like that.” (WiLD 94.1)