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Slidin’ Thru: LilBootyCall

September 19, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

LilBootyCall may seem like an ignorant name, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Hailing from San Antonio, the 22-year-old rapper is here to lead a new wave of positivity in hip-hop. Having been a victim of bullying all throughout his upbringing, the name comes from the fact that he was always second priority when it came to pretty much everything. Read more…

A booty call happens when you’re done with your day and have that one person on retainer. As depressing as it may be, LBC felt like that basically his whole life. Representing for all those who struggle with depression and anxiety, the 22-year-old found music to be his therapy. Now, he creates music to serve as other people’s therapy. His most recent endeavors include releasing his major label debut Jesus Said Run It Back and shutting down The Roxy in Los Angeles for the second time in his career. Juicy J even popped up for “18K.”

For those who don’t know, who is LilBootyCall?
I’m a rapper from San Antonio, Texas. I’m really a reserved person so you gotta pick at my brain to get more out of me.

Why should people fuck with you?
Because of the shit I stand for. I was bullied a lot in school so all the kids you see here [The Roxy] are people who really fuck with the movement. Yo fuck it, I can do whatever the fuck I want (not bad-wise). I can do anything and put my mind to anything even though there’s people always hating and talking shit. One person says one word or says the right thing to you that’s the wrong thing [snaps], that’ll just boom! Plummet your ass. Everybody here’s like “damn, this fool got fucked with and now look where he is — just ‘cause he kept pushing.”

That’s inspiring.
Exactly. Because I deal with depression and anxiety — obviously it hasn’t been too hardcore because I’ve been busy. I don’t have time to be in my head, it’s like boom boom boom. But whenever I get my downtime, I really feel it. I like to tweet about it and share ’cause a lot of artists hide it. I’m like fuck it. Till this day, people on Twitter and Instagram say “you’re a bitch, you’re a pussy. Why are you so emotional?” Bro at the end of the day, I’m fucking human. I’m not one of those artists like “oh rapper shit, I don’t feel nothing. Fuck hoes, blah blah blah.”

How would you describe your sound?
To be honest if you really listen to all my shit, every single song is different from the last one because I’m always trying to one up myself. I like experimenting.

How did you get your name?
It goes back to being bullied. When I was younger, I was always the second option. Something like a booty call. People didn’t wanna fuck with me, they used me as a time passer. Someone you hit up like one of your side hoes to pass the time because you were bored. People only hit me when they’re bored. I was never the first priority, so Lilbootycall.

Now you’re priority! I see the fans lined up at The Roxy.
Facts. [chuckles]

Are you still in San Antonio?
Yeah right now. I’m contemplating moving out here because it’s closer to the label, but I’m scared of earthquakes. [chuckles] I’ve only experienced bad hurricane weather and floods. The world isn’t literally collapsing on itself, but I’m kind of forced to move out here now.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s really important, because this is where all the connections are. My homie met somebody today, we always be meeting everybody. I met Usher at Westlake Studios when I was recording my album. Everybody’s here, it’s really important. Back home in San Antonio, there’s literally nothing going on but the River Walk and Alamo.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
Whenever tour started. So many movements because we literally drove everywhere. With the depression shit, there’s this thing called depersonalization. You always feel like life isn’t real in general. You wake up and it still feels like you’re dreaming. If you smoke weed, whenever you come down from the high, it’s that weird in between. It’s hazy. That’s how it feels all the time for me. When shit’s happening and I meet people, I don’t know if it’s real. I don’t know how I should feel. That’s the shit that humbles me. The chain, the clothes, it really doesn’t matter. But later on when I have the time to think, I’m on the road for 18 hours to get to LA from San Antonio, I’m like oh shit. This is really happening.

“Sailor Moon” is at over 4.7M views on Youtube alone. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
Nah to be honest. Because I was releasing shit since 2014 and that was on one of my EPs. I dropped an EP, but I was dropping beats before that. I was producing and shit. You know XXYYXX? I was listening to him all the time. I was on Yung Lean, early Travis Scott wave. Production was crazy, I started wanting to do shit like that. I’m like “fuck lemme just start rapping on my own beats.”

Started recording just off my Apple headphones. That song was made off my Apple headphones because I didn’t have money to get a mic. On GarageBand too, the basic shit. I uploaded the whole EP and the internet got to me. They’re like “this shit is ass,” I’m like fuck! I deleted the whole EP and “Sailor Moon” was on it. Somebody hit me back like “yo stop listening to these motherfuckers trying to get in your head bro. “Reupload ‘Sailor Moon’ because that shit’s fire. Trust me, in a year…”

How much of a following did you have then?
1,000 followers. 1,095 followers, I have a screenshot in my phone. I uploaded and it took a year. That first year, it only got 6,000 plays. In 2017, something happened where it hit the algorithm because we released a video, that shit went up. [rocket noise] I’m like “oh shit,” that’s when everyone started catching on.

You think it was the video that made it skyrocket?
For sure. I don’t know, still to this day. I just live day by day. Whatever happens, happens.

Best memory from the video shoot?
The fact that was the first music video I’ve ever done. My homie cranchyou did the video but the way the video looks, he only got pictures at the time. I’m like “yo let’s get your pictures but let’s make it into a video.” He’s like “fuck, I don’t know if I can do that.” I’m like “bro there’s no limits, we can do this shit.” All the shit from the whole video cost $20, he shot it on a VHS camera. My favorite part was going to Walmart and getting the cake. I looked at the guy making the cake, I’m like “yo do me a favor, can you write something on it?” He’s like “yeah, what you want?” I said “write ‘fuck you’ on it.” I don’t know if I came off as aggressive, he’s like “oh shit, wtf?” I’m like “no for real.” Boom, brought it back and we shot the video. It was lit.

Congrats on Jesus Said Run It Back. What’s the significance in the title?
Before music got taken professionally, I was bullied and fucked with all the time. I really learned how to get myself out of my head and cope with shit. This is my first life, my second life was given to me through God. Because it’s like “yo you’ve been through all this shit, I’ma give you a platform so you can use all this you learned and teach all these kids going through this.” I feel like God said “yo you went through that, run that shit back. You gon’ get a second chance.”

Talk about linking with Juicy J on “18K.” Was that done in the studio?
Nah, we didn’t even link. That was done through my manager. We’re finna meet in 20 minutes. He’s pulling up [to The Roxy], I’m like tight.
Sam (publicist): He’s the surprise guest tonight.

What did it mean to get Juicy on the record?
It’s crazy ‘cause I’m from Texas, that’s Southern shit. I really grew up on Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Three 6 Mafia. I got the grills now, I’ma get the diamonds soon [claps]. When I get more money. Really grew up on the Southern shit. The fact that I made a song he could get on, somebody I looked up to. He’s been in the game forever bro, that’s a legend. It was really lit. When I got the song back and played it for all the homies, we were like “ooh!!” In the crib going crazy. For him to be like “yo that’s lit, I’ll pull up.” I don’t think he’s even getting paid, just pulling up for love. Damn, that’s lit.

Goldlink is fire also, what did it mean to get him on “Prescriptions”?
That was through my manager too. It was chill as hell. I was sitting there like “bro I need somebody with bars. I need someone who can rap and has bars, but isn’t too cringy.” Not some weirdo who just goes off. I didn’t listen to him like crazy but I know that one song he has with Shy Glizzy, that shit hard.

Being a victim of bullying, how do you plan to continue to use your platform?
To be honest, I just don’t give a fuck. That’s really the key to success in life, not giving a fuck. I teach these kids: who cares what people say about you. 

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
To always be yourself. See this shirt? I got this shirt from a grocery store back at home for $4. It says Texas and has a fish on it. It really doesn’t matter, I still wear shirts from Walmart. You can be cool no matter how much money you got, what your social status is. I want everybody to know they’re cool if they stay true to themselves.

What did you do with your first advance?
I bought my chain and a fuck load of clothes bro, oh shit. [laughs] But it was worth it. Now when the next advance comes, I know how to save money.

How important is social media for your career?
In this day and age, it’s really important because it’s the fastest way you can get to fans. Especially since radio is dying out, there isn’t really more promoting like newspapers and flyers. Everybody’s just on their phones, it’s a quick way. I be doing Meet & Greets, I pop in a city like “here today, pull up.” Boom. That wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago, the fact that people can connect to you more on a feeling level.

Why do you only follow 14 people?
‘Cause those are all the homies. I don’t really fuck with nobody, it’s weird. I only fuck with people I connect with on a energy level and mental level. There’s a lot of people who like me, but nobody knows the real me. I only show so much on the internet because I’m a crazy motherfucker. I might say some crazy shit that might get me cancelled. Those are just the people I can say whatever to.

You just turned 23. How’d you celebrate your birthday?
Eat at Buffalo Wild Wings. [chuckles] Back home.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I wake up, check Twitter and Instagram.

Twitter’s first?
Yeah always. People be talking shit on there, so I gotta make sure I’m safe. That gives me my sanity for the day. I hop in the shower, get dressed. Get fly af for no reason because I don’t hang out with nobody. Then I sit there and wait until something happens. If nothing happens, I start tweeting bullshit. “Who’s up? Let’s talk.” If you go to my tweets, I say stupid shit.

3 things you need in the studio?
Water definitely. Not too many people. I like colored lights.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
Working at Lowe’s, because that’s where I was working first. I got fired for not showing up, because fuck that job. I got in big trouble there too because their most expensive lawn mower, I picked it up with a forklift and it went kaboom! I’m like shit, $4,000 down the drain.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Everyone’s dope to me, I can’t pick one out. I don’t wanna say they’re my kids but if you have children, you love them all the same. I know a couple weird ones. I was on Live and some guy was talking with me. He kept saying “I’ll give you a haircut, bro just come to shop.” I’m like what? He was persistent and started talking about buying me chicken nuggets. He was weird but funny. You had to be there.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Trippie Redd prolly. I fucking love Trippie Redd.

You fuck with !?
Mmhmm. A lot of people didn’t but…

I liked it, that shit’s relatable.
I love it! I just think people need to take shit and see the world as artists see it. Whatever he was going through at that time was in that thing, but people always want the same shit. The same people who’ll say “this wasn’t like your last album, we want more of that” will be the same people that say “all you make is shit that sounds the same. We’re gonna go to the next artist.” It’s whatever.

Dream collab?
Either Tame Impala, Toro y Moi, Kanye West, or Travis Scott.

Anything else you want to let us know?
Be yourself!

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