After enjoying a wealth of success as an independent artist, Kid Ink announced early in the new year that he had signed a deal with RCA Records.   In a recent interview, the Cali rapper discusses his decision to sign with a major label as he feels it will help elevate his career, outside of following the standard indie artist formula.  Kid Ink also discusses how he got big features from two of MMG’s finest in Meek Mill and Wale on his hit single “Bad Ass”, and then mentions when fans can expect his studio project to drop. 

Always looking to expand, the L.A. native felt he had reached a plateau as an independent artist and that signing with a major would give him that push to take his career to further heights, “For me it’s just a ceiling you hit as an independent artist, where after awhile you start looking like you’re doing the same thing and it’s not brand new and taking it to the next level.”  Addressing the formula he would follow if not with a major he says, “the only next thing to do would be to release a new mixtape and another independent  album...but the fans already seen that before and I’m trying to hit a different market.”

The Rocketshipshawty artist’s single “Bad Ass” is currently in the Top 10 on iTunes, thanks in part to features from Meek Mill and Wale.  Talking about how he got them on the single he says it was easy with Meek as they already had a relationship.  “Me and Meek already worked together, we had three records just in the past...and then Rick Ross and Spiff have reached out to me, and let us know, The Alumni, how much they appreciate the movement...after the record was done, just hit Meek up...and as soon as he got to L.A. and got free time he came through and recorded it in the studio,” Ink says after that,  getting the other MMG spitta was easy, “ From there the Wale situation was more of a label situation, but it was still a personal reach out, and when we sent the record he was still feeling the record personally.”

In regards to dropping his debut with RCA, Tha Alumni rapper says he is always in the studio creating music so he will not fans wait too long, “The album...I don’t wanna give a date for it but I don’t wanna wait anywhere past the summer.”

Check out his interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club below. 

Also check out Kid Ink chopping it up with Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97.