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SADA BABY / DETROIT’S TOP DRAFT PICK

September 22, 2020

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Sada Baby is one of the hardest rappers to come out of this millennial era, exploding onto the scene with his own unique voice, personality, flow, and signature dance moves. Not only is he representing his hometown of Detroit, but he proves you can stay true to who you are and still make it in this music industry, or life in general.

Born Casada Sorrell, Sada has been consistently blessing his very loyal fanbase with banger after banger, project after project. Coming up on the Eastside of Detroit comes with its own struggles and hardships, but he doesn’t let that slow him down in the slightest. When it comes to the streets and life before the music, he simply uses it as motivation to go even harder in turning his dreams into a reality.

Sada calls himself a “breath of fresh air.” He states, “If you haven’t heard of me and you get a chance to hear and experience my whole repertoire or rap sheet when it comes to music and all the stuff that I’ve done, I’m something different.”

If you discovered Sada Baby through his 2018 viral single “Bloxk Party” featuring fellow Detroit native Drego, you already know what kind of energy he’s on. This isn’t just turn up music, it’s raw, aggressive, gritty, and unfiltered hip-hop in its truest form. Sada isn’t afraid to tell it how he sees it, and people respect him for that alone. Most recently, he released his new tape titled Bartier Bounty 2, holding fans over until his debut album release.

Read below as we discuss his roots in Detroit, navigating through the industry, holding “Whole Lotta Choppas,” scrapping his album after hearing Big Sean’s, favorite cartoons, goals, and more!

What does Eastside of Detroit mean to you? 

The Eastside of Detroit to me is everything. I embody it, I embrace it. I’m appreciative of me being able to grow up on that side of the city because it molded me and shaped my outlook on the real world and my perspective on life. The Eastside is my heart, that’s why I talk about it as much as I can. Try to represent my side as much as I can, let alone represent Detroit.

Bring us back to when you were 21 and moved out your grandma’s house to pursue music.

It was time for me. The direction my career was going, I was going to be able to afford my own very soon so I went out on a limb and got me a place before I could actually afford it. Made it happen, worked until being able to afford it.

You mention you almost quit rapping, what happened in that moment?

I hadn’t made any money. I wasn’t a fan of rapping and rapping, and not making any money when I could be doing something else to make some money. Around the time I was about to quit, I entered a competition Imported from the D and I won. That’s the first money I made off music so I stuck with it.

I first discovered you through “Bloxk Party.” Did you think that record would blow to what it was? 

Nah, I wish I woulda knew. I wish I woulda knew a lot of things back then. I didn’t expect it to do what it did, but it did and it carried me a long way. I just did the song because I wanted to do a song with Drego.

What are things you wished you knew?

Wish I understood the business side, wish I had a better understanding of people. I coulda handled stuff differently, really could have seen the fruits of my labor earlier than what I did. I’m signed to Big Squad, which is myself and Asylum Records.

Drego said you guys drink water like lean down there, do you agree? 

Right there, cup full. Yeah man, it’s a habit. Not going to say I necessarily tried to quit before, I haven’t. But we do, we drink lean all the time.

You spit a lot about drugs and substances. What do they do for you?

It helps to be in the best mood for you when you’re doing music, in my opinion. Me being high, me sipping my drink, smoking weed, taking Percs, I get in the certain type of zone. I like my body feeling like that and I like my music. It goes with the vibe of my creative process. I’ve made music without lean, but I like to do it with it.

Is it not the same?

My music will be my music, it’s the point of me wanting to do it or being in there. I always want to rap.

Favorite dance move?

Pee Wee Herman is my favorite dance move. They come as I go, it’s not a premeditated thing.

One thing you want fans to get from Bartier Bounty 2?

Just the difference between certain types of mixtapes. I released 2 free mixtapes right before I did Bartier Bounty 2. I hadn’t dropped music in a while, a fresh bundle of all new content in almost 2 years. I was signed to Grizzley Gang and I was getting shelved.

Forreal? That’s crazy. You guys had that song, “Next Up.”

Hell yeah, that’s what I said. “Next Up,” that shit was a year and a half old by the time it came out. I dont wish him no harm or but I don’t really fuck with him.

Talk about working with your cousin Ashley, who’s an artist too. 

It’s never enough when it comes to her. Recently I sat in the studio, I booked the studio and got beats from all different types of producers. I did a studio album with her and Skilla Baby called Act 3. They might skip over the songs featuring her on my album, but I give you all a whole album with her on every song with me, y’all have to listen to her. She means a lot to me, her and Skilla I’m trying to break em. Get to where I’m at. Want motherfuckers pulling their coattail like how they be pulling mine.

Was there someone in the industry who was able to be your mentor?

Slowly but surely right now, Big Sean. We forming that relationship, he understands what type of n*gga I am. He knows how combative I am, he knows I’m from rural beginnings. We grew up different, but he’s been patient with me. He understands why I come off a little bit more aggressive than other people, we’re two different types of men. As far as advice and listening to me, me sending him songs, he’s something like a mentor. Him and E-40. Whenever I call E-40, he answers.

Photo Credit: Sam Leviton

How did ya’ll tap in?

Me being around people that was his family, they was putting him on my music. He ended up reaching out, we’ve been families for about 4 or 5 years now. We cousins, Detroit and the Bay cousins.

What has E-40 taught you?

A lot man. If you don’t know him, you might think he’s talking in riddles. It’s how he lay his knowledge, how he gives you his game. A bunch of different things he taught me and my cousins, he allowed me to bring my family out to his house before. He taught me a lot about life. Seeing him, you want to be a mirror of that in this game. Longevity: still around, still relevant. Motherfuckers still want to put you on songs because you fucking still fire. Love 40.

How often are you getting “Trap Withdrawals”? 

Not as often as the song makes it seem, I be around it. I made the song because motherfuckers used to be all the way in it and have a different life. As far as me really having withdrawals, I still see it. I’m still hands-on, a lot of my family… n*ggas is n*ggas. Everybody doesn’t have corporate jobs and businesses, n*ggas do their one too. If I fully want to be involved in that life, I could be but I’m not.

“Hood Rich Skuba” is my shit, talk about making that with Hoodrich Pablo Juan.

Blo, that’s my n*gga. We got a real good relationship. Somebody walked me in the room with him in Atlanta because we record in the same studio. I wanted him to get on some shit, I’ma go record and bring it back. He said he’ll listen to it, I went and recorded, bring it back to his room, everybody in there was like [pause]. Free TrapBoy Slime. When the song went up, Slime’s talking to Pablo: “that shit hard, you gotta get on that shit.” He got on that shit.

“Whole Lotta Choppas” going crazy too! 

This song’s 2 years old, I held it. I knew it was going to be strong, my cousin, my manager. I held it for 2 years, almost 3.

The video shoot looked lit, best memories?

The video shoot was heat. Really the whole Miami trip was crazy, that shit was fun. My brother doing motherfucking 170 in the Lamb truck. Some fans pulled up on us, they looked crazy. I turn our music down to listen to what they listen to, they’re listening to my shit. They in that bitch turnt going up [laughs], their face is scratched up. They’re excited to see me but they’re already looking crazy because they listen to my music, it was funny.

Favorite dance move?

Pee Wee Herman.

What’d it mean to be featured on Big Sean’s “Friday Night Cypher” amidst all the hottest artists in Detroit?

When I first heard it, I just heard it. He played it for me, invited me to the studio. Tee, Kash Doll, Payroll, Drego, and Cash Kidd were on there. I was in the studio with him, he played me the whole album. LA. It was fire, one of the reasons why I scrapped my album the fourth time. I  wasn’t really sold on dropping what I had for the album anyway. I heard his album, it was so strong in my opinion. The vibes it gave me, the type of shit he’s rapping about made me want to go harder on my first album, so I scrapped it. He didn’t invite me to get on the song at that particular time but a month before the album came out, he sent me the cypher and asked me to add a verse.

Talk about starting your own label, Big Squad.

Big Squad came from us being in the basement, deep as hell. My cousin might have said it first but I took it and ran with it. Apply as much pressure as I could. We adapted the ape with our Big Squad shit. The ape is our logo, it’s a bunch of us. We big, it’s not about stature. When we get deep, we get deep as hell.

Top artists in rotation? Heard you have an eclectic taste.

I love Syd, I love Nickelback, I love Gorillaz. I listen to Anita Baker all the time, Al Green. My favorite rapper is always Chief Keef, and the old Gucci Mane.

Photo Credit: Sam Leviton

Have you and Chief Keef tapped in?

We did a song a long ass time ago. We met, he pulled up on me when I was on tether. I couldn’t leave from my room, out here in Hollywood a couple years ago. Me being on an ankle monitor, I had to let them know where I was going to be at. I couldn’t leave, he pulled up. We smoked, kicked it.

Talk about your drip and love for fashion.

I like fitted clothes, more than anything. Prefer to be comfortable. I like the foreign shoes, but they not comfortable. I like Jordan 1s, Amiris, fucking t-shirts. I like a lot of headbands, bandanas I can tie around my head. That’s my main thing, I love that shit.

Favorite brand to wear?

My favorite brand period, Nike. Hell yeah, best shit ever.

You scrapped your album 4 different times, how close are we?

We’re nowhere near it, that bitch don’t even got a name. I started last night, I think I made a song I want to keep.

Are you a tough critic on yourself? 

Hell yeah, because I’m wild about a lot of the shit n*ggas be bopping their heads to. N*ggas be saying a whole bunch of nothing, loud as hell. Say something, they’re not saying nothing. Not one metaphor. It’s 2020, n*ggas hopping on the track “balling like Lebron, shooting like Curry.” A million n*ggas playing basketball, you want to keep talking about Curry and Lebron with your small brain? You don’t need to rap bro. You’re not putting no effort, go right to Google.

I was listening to “Pimp Named Drip Dat,” where you shouted out Lou Will.

Yeah, that’s a shame. To that point, the only n*gga who said Lou Will was fucking Meek Mill. They’re homeboys, so that doesn’t count. My favorite moment about that song is Lou Will actually listening to it, that’s heat. I’ll do a song with Lou Will, because he can rap too. That’s how I know him.

Someone you want to work with that you haven’t yet?

Hell yeah, Bryan-Michael Cox. He’s one of them 1997 boys, the wind blowing and them skinny sunglasses. I need one with Ne-Yo too.

Are we going to get R&B records from you?

Not all the way R&B, but ‘ve done singing songs before. Act 3, there’s R&B on there. Real rhythm and blues on that bitch, I play cello and everything. [laughs]

You still watching cartoons and playing video games?

Hell yeah, it’s heat. You don’t watch cartoons? Cut that phone off, go play a game. My favorite cartoon ever: The Boondocks. That’s just the sweet answer. Probably Rugrats. Really though, Ben 10 was my shit. Ben 10 was heat.

Goals for yourself at this point of your career?

I want some plaques. I got YouTube awards. “Whole Lotta Choppas,” I might get a plaque for that. Break down some weed on that bitch, then hang it up.

Photo Credit: Sam Leviton

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