Nicki Minaj's recent track "Chi-Raq" was the biggest look that Lil Herb's gotten thus far in his young career, and according to him, it's made a lot of other artists interested in him. In an interview published today in VIBE, the 18-year-old MC talked about working with Minaj, and how the collaboration led to him meeting Juelz Santana, Common and Rich Homie Quan. Read excerpts from the interview below, and check out a similar interview Herb gave Complex last week.

How has life changed for you since you dropped your debut mixtape?

It’s been good but I’m just trying to stay humble. I’ve been working on new music, and I got a couple of fellas about to come out with me. My boy Juelz Santana just came through Chicago so I’m a try to get back out to New York.

Everybody wants to know if you have a label situation yet, or are you still independent?

I’m just Independent for now, doing me. I’m just keeping my options open, really, I'm trying to get into the best situation. I’m not really in a rush so I’m just working and going hard.

And obviously, your new collaboration with Nicki Minaj “Chi-Raq” was your biggest look yet. Did she hit you up directly? How did that even happened? 
It’s crazy, man. She hit me up and reached out to me. I was in the studio recording at probably like 1:00 AM. We really didn't even know if they were serious but they followed up and wanted to fly me out the next day. But I was tied up at the time so I went like a week later. She cool people, though, down to earth and she real comfortable with me.

Is there any chance you guys have another song together? Did you guys record anything else that day?
Nah, we just recorded that one song but I want to work with her again, and I’m sure she’ll reach out again. It opened a lot of doors for me.

I couldn't believe it when I heard her using your flow. Honestly, have other artists reached out after Nicki? 
[Laughs] Yeah, I’m just talking to other artists now. I did a song with Common for his album. I might do some stuff with Rich Homie Quan. I’m open to people, whoever want to work with me.

Are you thinking about doing any big remixes? Your boy Bibby told me he had some big ones on deck.
What you think I should do a remix to? I never really gave it too much thought.


Stay tuned for more from Lil Herb, and snatch up his great Welcome To Fazoland tape right here on HNHH.