After winning the hearts of Memphis with his unabated work ethic, Yo Gotti is now hoping that 25-year-old Moneybagg Yo can follow his blueprint to success. With a new distribution deal with Interscope Records and the tutelage of Yo Gotti in tow, Moneybagg is hungry to usurp the crown as hip-hop's top independent artist.
"From one artist to another one, I just think he's someone who created a real buzz and a real demand for his music," Gotti tells Billboard. "With me being an artist myself, I know how hard it is. Any artist who starts from their own from the ground up, I respect it. If I could give him advice, mentor him and help him get to where he's going faster, or just put him on game and give him information about this game that I've been in for nearly 20 years, that's what I like to do.
Despite being tangled in the trenches early on in his life, Moneybagg's ability to voice his harsh realities on paper is what makes him such an alluring act on the independent circuit. His transition from 2 Federal to his newly released project Federal 3X tracks the expansive progression of Moneybagg. Songs like "Vent" and "Trending" display a more polished artist in contrast to his previous efforts.