“I never wanted to be anything else but a rapper,” he says. “I’ve been rapping for years and years. I studied it. Doing this and going through my own struggles, I eventually became the artist I was meant to be. I found myself. Now, I’m ready to show the world.”
Music surrounded Lil Bike from a young age. He discovered and developed a personal passion for Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Kevin Gates, and Boosie Badazz. At the same time, his stepfather turned him on to old school Southern icons such as Pimp-C and Bun B. Regardless of the era, hip-hop offered solace from a tumultuous upbringing.
In sixth grade, he relocated up North to live with his biological father. For the first time, Lil Bike found himself in a position to focus on rap. Dad built him a home studio, and the budding talent spent countless hours writing and recording. In ninth grade, he started uploading music to Soundcloud and YouTube, building a name for himself through consistently dropping music.