Lil Baby Doesn’t Have Tattoos Because He Didn’t Want Business People to See Him as a “Dope Boy”
Lil Baby doesn't have any ink on him and it was a calculated choice.
On Wednesday (Feb. 26), The New York Times released an in-depth interview with the Atlanta rapper ahead of the release of his new album My Turn, due Friday (Feb. 28). When asked whether he'd always planned to be a rap star, Baby revealed other plans–and they explain his lack of tattoos.
“I never saw me being a rapper. A big-dog dope boy, that’s it," Baby explained. "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. I had to keep my appearance straight."
He went on to explain that even though he's a rapper now, he still appreciates the choices he made early on.
"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," the Fall 2019 XXL cover star said. "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.”
My Turn was originally slated for a late 2019 release, but was pushed back a few months. The 20-track LP follows 2018's Street Gossip.
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