Ghostwriting is inching its way out of hip-hop's shadows as more artists admit to hiring songwriters. While some genre purists have conflicting thoughts on this topic, it was a similar connection that created one of today's most entertaining duos.
"I done paid Gunna to write my songs," Lil Baby said near the interview's five-minute mark. "I never put the songs out, but when I first started to rap I used to pay him like $100 like, 'Imma give you $100, write something for me so I can try to learn how to go in there and record it.'... That's how I used to practice."
Gunna has also stated on several occasions that he helped Lil Baby hone his skills. During a conversation with Rolling Stone, Gunna explains how he inspired Lil Baby to take music seriously.
"I kinda helped push [Lil Baby] a little bit to go harder," Gunna said. "He didn’t really care about [rapping] that much. He was being him, just chilling. I was critiquing his music, but also letting him know it sounded good, he should keep going, [offering] words of encouragement."
Gunna's encouragement (and Lil Baby's $100 bribes) didn't just foster a successful creative partnership, but it also sparked a relationship that goes deeper than music.
"Gunna [is in] a hand group of people I don't look at as friends," Lil Baby told 16 Bars at the video's four-minute mark. "I consider Gunna, like we ain't friends, we more than friends."