Bodega Bamz: “I don’t want to stay a rapper for 10 years. If it takes 10 years for me to get my point across, I shouldn’t be doing it. In 10 years I want to be signing artists under my record label, I want to be an actor, I want to own things. I want to be one of the few rappers who got a Grammy and an Oscar. I want to achieve that.
“I don’t want to be rapping for a cheque, or hope to be part of a tour, or be a tag along rapper. That’s the worst thing to be. I’m going to leave how Jordan left, hit Byron Russell with that crossover and that jumper. When I leave I’m going to leave on top.
“When I hear rappers say, 'I don’t want to be mainstream.’ Man shut up, you’re a liar. If you do want that it’s because you’re comfortable. I’m never going to have my feet up. I’m always going to make sure my foot is on niggas’ necks. I’m not going to force feed niggas, but you’re going to respect it. I’m not comfortable in my life, in my living situation. My pockets aren’t comfortable, so I can’t come here and say, 'I just want to be an underground rapper.' I won’t knock it, but I feel like niggas are liars.
When I hear rappers say, 'I don’t want to be mainstream.’ Man shut up, you’re a liar. If you do [want that] it’s because you’re comfortable. I’m never going to have my feet up.
“Dream big. That’s what life is about. We in the land of opportunity. Why would I shoot for $50 if I can shoot for $50 million? When people say, 'Fuck the mainstream,' it’s because they know they can’t make it and they’ve accepted it.' Not me. I wasn’t born to be in the underground forever. The underground is a train. I’m riding the train to get to the plane. That’s mainstream, that’s the sky.
“I want to believe it is my birthright to be great but we’ll have to come back and see where Bodega Bamz is five years from now to be like, 'He was born to do this.' As of right now, it’s just an opinion.
“I feel like people who were born to do something, they’re champions at it. I don’t know what the future holds, I’m just enjoying every moment. I’m staying humble, I’m staying true to myself. I hope that I was born to do this.”