From Independent To Major
King L: “I hooked up with Lawless Inc. like eight or nine months ago. My buddy Hustle took my music over to John Monopoly, who I didn’t know at the time. I ain’t gonna stunt, I didn’t know who Monop was, or what he did at the time—I just remember seeing his face in Vibe magazine or something.
"I’d heard his name, but I wasn’t big on knowing all that type of industry shit. I was never big on that hip-hop industry shit, I just did music for me and my guys. Real life shit. It didn’t concern me, so I wasn’t familiar.
“Hustle played John Monopoly some music, and he was fucking with it. Hustle showed him the videos, and then he said he wanted to work with me. Me and my guy, Bighomie Doe, went and had lunch with him, and then later on down the line he introduced us to his homie Larry, who was the owner of Lawless Inc. We got together, figured it all out, and it John became my manager, and I was officially signed to Lawless Inc. Ever since then we’ve been working.
Growing up, I was used to being lied to, used to be spun. People would promise things and they never came true. You live and learn, but coming up in the streets, you always think someone is out to get you or to take advantage of you.
“We were planning on putting out Dope & Shrimp on our own as an indie release—we were just gonna sell it ourselves. We had the proper channels set up and everything. But Epic/Sony approached us, and what they were talking made sense.
"They let us know they could get Dope & Shrimp to a much larger audience, and get it to people we couldn’t necessarily touch. They wanted to give it a bigger push and a bigger following, so we were with it.
“We had a few labels looking at us, and people who were trying to sign us, but that move made the most sense. I just wanted to get myself in a position where I didn’t have to do some stupid shit anymore.
"I wanted to get a little bit of money so I can take care of my people. And to get my music out there before the fire goes out—before it gets old. We got the city, now let’s get the rest of the world. Because I feel like I should’ve already been in the eye of the world.
“I never thought it was going to be a career, though. Like, when John Monopoly and Larry wanted to sign me, I didn’t think they was telling the truth. When Hustle told me they wanted to sign me I was like, ‘I don’t believe you.’
"Growing up, I was used to being lied to, used to be spun. People would promise things and they never came true. You live and learn, but coming up in the streets, you always think someone is out to get you or to take advantage of you. It’s just the way we were brought up. But now when John or Larry tell me something, I believe them because everything they’ve said so far came true.”