Lil Baby has carved out space for himself in the current hip-hop landscape and while he is a Quality Control artist, fans should know the seed funding for Lil Baby’s rap career came from Young Thug.

During an interview with XXL, Lil Baby detailed how Young Thug believed in him quite early and wanted him to leave the streets alone in order to pursue music. To show how serious he was, Young Thug offered to pay LIl Baby whatever he was making from hustling if he’d direct his energy toward making music.

“He literally paid me to leave the neighborhood. [He said], ‘Bruh you can rap, you got it. You could be next. You gotta leave the ‘hood… I’ma pay you to come to the studio.'”