Lil Bibby can still recall Drake's initial praise: "Streets need that TAPE! I'm waiting on it." Initially, the Twitter direct message inspired the rising Chicago rapper to reassess and record new songs for his debut mixtape "Free Crack," in hopes of meeting Drake's expectations. As a result, it forced the 19-year old to delay its release by three months, to last November. "I was scared at first, I'm not gonna lie," Lil Bibby told Billboard's The Juice. "Drake put the pressure on me."
Ever since though, it has motivated other hip-hop heavyweights to check him out – and collaborate with him.
Fresh off a promo run in New York City, Lil Bibby visited Norcross, Ga.'s Tree Sound Studios on Thursday (Jan. 16) to perform songs off "Free Crack." Amongst those in the crowd were producer Childish Major and Trinidad James. Drake was rumored to make an appearance but wasn't in attendance.