Bodega Bamz: “When Drake says 'Started from the bottom, now we here,' I can really relate to that. I’m a fan of Drake. I feel like everything Drake says—I don’t know about his upbringing, I don’t care if niggas view him as rich—I can relate to. I really came from the bottom. No handouts, no sucking dick. I’ve never done that, I’ve never been a part of another group or another team. It was never that.
The best feeling in the world is getting to where you’re at and not having to say, 'They got me this.' Not having to say, 'If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here.' I can honestly say that.
“Me, my brother Ohla, and my supporters really came from the bottom with me. I really paid out of my pocket for studio time, studio equipment, and videos. Me and Ohla sent tons of e-mails. I really went to these shows and networked myself. Nobody co-signed Bodega Bamz. Nobody said, 'Look out for Bodega Bamz, he’s the next up.' I kept it humble, I kept it real, I kept on grinding. I kept putting out dope material. That took years.
“The best feeling in the world is getting to where you’re at and not having to say, 'They got me this.' Not having to say, 'If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here.' I can honestly say that. I can honestly say I got to where I’m at. Nobody helped me except my believers and the people who are with me right now.
“You’re going to have your non-believers and niggas who shit on you. Those people, I put in my bucket list. What’s crazy is the more successful I get, the more I empty out that bucket list and [new] people get in there. You don’t stay with the same names, the names get bigger. At this point, the bucket list I had last year is different than the bucket list now.”