In a new interview with Big Boy, Vince Staples discussed how his recent collaboration with Lil Baby came to fruition, revealing that the Atlanta rapper didn’t charge a feature fee for his guest appearance on Ramona Park Broke My Heart’s “East Point Prayer.”
“He did it for free,” Staples shares in the video above. “And I don’t believe in asking nobody to do nothing for free. I believe in whatever you charge – you gotta feed your family, and he did it for free. And you already know, he can charge whatever he wants.”
Staples said he enlisted Lil Baby for “East Point Prayer” after bonding with him at a Motown Records event.
“It’s funny because I met him at a Motown thing,” he explained. “We was cool and we ain’t really talk like that. And I was like, ‘Lil Baby would sound good on this.’ And I was tryna get it so where we could talk about it. He said, ‘We don’t even have to talk, I’ma do it.’ He just went and did it … he looked out.”
The Long Beach rapper previously spoke to HotNewHipHop about why he wanted to put Lil Baby on the song.
“[It] just sounded right,” Staples said. “It wasn’t much past that. Just thought it would sound good. That’s pretty much my only reasoning to ever do musically is ‘cause I think I’ll like it. He’s a good dude and a good artist and a very, very, very, very hardworking person. Everybody likes Lil Baby. I think that’s self-explanatory but just sounded like it would be a good pairing. Just trying to put the music first.”
In hindsight, Staples should consider himself lucky to score a Lil Baby feature for free.
Back in June 2020, the Quality Control rapper claimed he would feel “offended” if anyone offered him less than six figures for a guest verse.
“Ima feel offended if you want a verse from me and don’t got a 100K,” he wrote on Twitter. “Respect my hustle.”