New Beginnings for Lil Pump
Over the past two years, Lil Pump’s meteoric rise to stardom has made him the poster boy of Soundcloud rappers and the scapegoat of old heads claiming hip-hop is dead. Regardless of what you think about him, he’s making waves in the music industry. At the age of 17, he has a 17 track Soundcloud profile with no less than 2M plays on each song, with many hitting eight-figure play counts. That’s not to mention his music scattered across YouTube and his features on other tracks.
He’s also fostered a strong social media presence. With over 9M followers on Instagram, Lil Pump has often given the world a glimpse into his personal life. Other videos have floated of him have floated around the internet as well, and much of the content shown is what you might expect from a young, rich, and famous rapper. Expensive things, money, guns, and drugs. If you listen to Lil Pump, you’d know that his ig’nant behavior is pretty consistent with the ig’nant lyricism that he’s known for. He even has a song called “Ignorant”.
Lil Pump Quits Drugs
Although Lil Pump looks like he’s had a considerable amount of fun on his come-up, he’s recently shown signs of getting serious. In a video that surfaced on HotNewHipHop’s Instagram on Feb. 1, he’s shown saying that he doesn’t pop Xanax or any other drugs anymore. Check it out in the video below.
Paper Chasin’ Pump
This video comes two months after Pump made his initial statement claiming he’s off Xanax. On New Year’s Eve, Lil Pump posted a video of himself flexing his jewelry on Instagram, with a caption that read, “2018 we going even more crazy love yall 👌🏽💓(btw I don’t take xanz no more f**k Xanax 2018)”. While this definitely came as a shock to many of his fans, it’s probably a pretty smart move from a career standpoint.
Last summer when Pump was 16, the rapper inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records, but the contract was recently voided due to the fact that Pump was, and is, still a minor. It is possible for minors to still have record deals, but Warner Bros. Records never had the deal approved by the courts, so it ultimately fell through. Since Lil Pump’s hit single “Gucci Gang” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, his value to record labels has increased astronomically.
Certain sources claim that Lil Pump has offers on the table up to $12 million, but Lil Pump lets people know that he won’t take anything less than $15 million, creating competition for record labels. See Pump give the statement in the video below.
Is Lil Pump Skeemin’?
There hasn’t been any word on if Lil Pump is prepping to sign to anyone in particular, but his decision to publicly announce he’s off drugs could possibly make him much more attractive to record labels. Being sober may translate to labels as a newfound focus Pump has gotten in touch with. There’s even a chance that Lil Pump may not be going completely sober at all, and instead attempting to change his public image rather than himself. To record labels, there’s probably not much of a difference.
Lil Pump’s friend and fellow rapper, Smokepurpp, had a similar idea to Pump’s. On New Year’s Eve, Smokepurpp sent out a tweet with a similar message, saying “We leaving Xanax in 2017”. Perhaps he’s trying to prep himself for a label too.
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