‘I’ll be the first UK street rapper to conquer the US market’, Potter Payper claims

Many UK rappers have tried – and failed to break into the lucrative US market since the scene’s inception in the early 2000’s.

Rap duo SAS were one of the first to cross the border in order to plant the UK flag in the States – linking up with Harlem based collective The Diplomats along the way to cement their status.

But after Diplomats member Juelz Santana was allegedly robbed in London whilst on tour with SAS, that was the end of their union.

Potter’s adamant that he’ll be the first street rapper to break America

Chip was one of the next high-profile UK stars to try and break into the US market when he signed to Down South rap legend T.I’s label Grand Hustle in 2012.

However, not even a slew of features with some of America’s biggest names such as Meek Mill and Young Jeezy could help Chip get in the door and his relationship with Tip soon fizzled out.

Since then, UK politicians have had more success creating strong partnerships with their US counterparts than the rappers have.

But over the last few years, relations have improved between rappers from both countries and it seems like the yanks are finally warming up to their British peers.

The drill scene’s played a big part in bridging the gap, with US drill rappers such as the deceased Pop Smoke linking up with UK producer 808 Melo to produce hits like ‘Dior’ that took over the charts and clubs.

South London rap group D-Block Europe have also been playing their part, making songs with Quality Control artists Offset and Lil Baby – with Baby previously saying on a DJ Semtex’s show, “They just like me.”

However, although a few English stars have made some noise in the State, no-one’s managed to kick the door open wide open just yet.

But if Potter Payper has anything to do with it, the door’s going to get booted off the hinges before we know it.

That’s because the Ilford native reckons he’s going to be the first street rapper to conquer the US market with his real style of rap that he thinks will resonate with the public across the pond.

In Potter’s opinion – that raw, honest, British vibe that he provides hasn’t been shown in America by anyone in the UK so far.

So when they realise there are some authentic rappers in England like him, they’ll be blown away.

In a sit down with NME, Potter said, “I do feel I’m the guy that can break it.

“I always say it to my team, ‘trust me man there’s never been a real street guy that’s hard at rapping.

“Everyone [in the Uk] is either hard at rapping but your not really like that, in England that’s good, but in America, they ain’t going for that shxt. [Over there] hip-hop and streets culture’s at the forefront.

Potter also feels a major reason why he’d be accepted in the States is because their citizens appreciate someone who’s been to prison and has managed to turn their lives around, whereas in the UK, people are scared to stand next to you if you’ve got a chequered past.

The 30-year-old will have the chance to make his predictions come true soon when he releases his highly-anticipated debut album soon that he claims will be well worth the wait.

And if his last few mixtapes are anything to go by, he may just be right.

Lil Baby invests in crypto start-up and no carbs bread with Tom Brady

Lil Baby’s one of the hottest rappers in the game at the moment.

But the Atlanta rapper’s been making some shrewd business moves away from rap to make sure he’ll still be raking it when he decides to retire.

While shopping at jewellery store Ice Box recently, Baby revealed that he’s made some serious investments that would make rap’s self-proclaimed ‘Cryptocurrency’s Scarface’ Nas proud.

Cryptocurrency and NFT’s are of the latest crazes to take the world by storm in recent times and Baby isn’t planning on getting left behind.

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So the platinum-selling artist’s decided to invest in crypto company Moonpay – which allows users to trade the digital currency on their credit cards – just as they would with normal transactions.

And Baby seems to have made a good move as the company that was founded in 2018 is already said to be worth £2.5 Billion.

The Quality Control rapper also cashed out on a Bored Ape NFT – said to be worth a staggering £110,000.

But Baby’s not the only artist venturing into the Bored Ape space, rap icon Eminem just allegedly spent £334,000 on his own one.

The health business is another booming industry, and Baby also revealed that he’s put some cash into Hero Bread, a sandwich brand that claims its products have no carbs.

They’ve got off to a good start with American Football icon Tom Brady endorsing the company alongside Baby.

Last November, Brady announced via his social media that Hero Bread was launching in Subway, and Baby claims that soon all Nestle’s products like Hot Pockets and DiGiorno’s pizza will be made with Hero’s healthy no carb alternative.

The 27-year-old said: “They got a deal with DiGiorno already, so all Nestle products like Hot Pockets and everything is gonna be made with the Hero Bread.”

The name of the bread may have attracted Baby to make the investment as he goes by the alias ‘Hero’ – a title that was given to him by his peer and collaborator Lil Durk, whom he released a platinum-selling mixtape ‘Voice of the Heroes’ with last year.

Lil Baby joined George Floyd’s family at White House to support his seven-year-old daughter Gianna

GEORGE FLOYD’S seven-year-old daughter Gianna’s the main reason why Lil Baby joined the family on their visit to the White House in May.

After George was tragically slain, Baby built a bond with the youngster and decided to go along with her and the Floyd’s to mark the one year anniversary of his death for support.

Speaking on how he ended up at the President’s residence on MSNBC, Baby said: “I went to the White House with her [Gianna].”

And even after the trip to see President Joe Biden, and his deputy Kamala Harris, Baby’s still in touch with the youngster.

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He added: “I’m still in contact with her, she had a birthday party in Atlanta, I face-time them often.”

But even before George died, Baby was close with a few of his family members.

The 4PF CEO’s tight with ex-basketball player Stephen Jackson who lead the protests after George’s passing, and is also his niece’s god-father.

Baby explained: “George Floyd’s niece is like my man Stacks [Jackson’s] god-daughter.

“From the time of the whole situation I was in tune with them.”

Lil Baby says Future showing him love on his come-up is why he does the same with new artists now

Lil Baby’s one of the hottest artists in the rap game but he’s always got time for those coming up under him.

This is because when Baby was starting out, his Atlanta neighbour Future had time for him so it’s only right that he does the same now.

Baby revealed that before he even got his feet in the game he bumped into Hendrix at a LA airport when he was by himself.

And instead of acting like he was to big to kick it with Baby, who he didn’t know at the time, Future showed his appreciation to the self-proclaimed Hero for pulling up on him.

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Baby broke down how they first met on EBN media, he said: “When I first met him, I see him in LA by himself one time.

“I just pushed up on him myself and said I fxck with you, before I was a rapper.

“I told him you Atlanta to me, you somebody to me.”

This was big for Baby at the time as he knows how rappers can be diva’s when they’re popping.

He added: “I know how young rappers come in the game, especially when they buzzing.

“They start acting like (pulls face with hand gestures), you know what I’m saying.”

And that’s exactly why Baby won’t treat new rappers different to how Future dealt with him now that he’s the hottest in the game, because he knows how it feels.

Plus Baby’s aware that one day, some of the younger artists will be at the top of the game like he is now, so it’s important to keep good relationships with them.

He went on to say: “One day I’m gonna be older, there’s gonna be a new young rapper and they’re (fans) gonna be looking up to him like how people used to look up to me.

“I’m kinda seeing stuff before it unfolds, so I already know how to handle certain situations.

“I know better than to be on some other shxt.”

And Future’s humble attitude early has seen him and Baby develop a fruitful working relationship over the last few years.

The ATL duo put out the hot single Got It Out The Mud in 2019 which hit 49million YouTube views and Live Out My Closet a year later which reached 10million views on the platform and appeared on Baby’s album, My Turn.

But despite coming from the same city and putting out hits together, Baby revealed he and Future don’t even speak away from music.

He said when it’s time for them to work, he just pulls up on Future, they do what they do and then he’s gone until the next time.