Kid Ink’s career has been a slow burner. Since he made his first steps into the industry, he has built up his name over the course of three mixtapes, various records and a lot of videos before releasing his independent debut album, Up & Away, in June 2012. Touring followed. After selling 20K (total is close to 50K) out the gate, he released one more mixtape before announcing his signing to RCA Records in 2013. More touring followed, then his Almost Home EP was released to retail. It was merely a taste of what was to come.
On January 7, 2014, Kid Ink’s My Own Lane was available. The sophomore effort, and first attempt within the major label system, was proven to be a success. He doubled his first week sales (sitting at over 110K now) and in the months following began to see his first #1 (and platinum) single for the DJ Mustard-produced, Chris Brown-featured “Show Me” on the Billboard charts.
“When you come up from the mixtape game, you probably see a record come out and last three weeks. It’s where you get your hype for three weeks, then your core fans gonna bang it for a couple months but then there’s not really as much hype or rise from there,” he told Sermon’s Domain. “With this single, it’s hit more of a peak than it has in the first 10 weeks, then on the 20th week rose higher than it’s ever been. Twenty weeks and it’s still peaking is kind of like, ‘how’s this happening?’ I was watching it go higher and higher. Once it was up in that number three, number two range I was like, ‘man, we can really hit number one.’ It makes me hungry, it makes me want to go to the studio and work.”
While on his My Own Lane tour, Ink has his mind set on the future too. There’s a satisfying feeling seeing your single get that high but it’s also bringing out the determination to do it once again. He spoke on getting back into producing for his third album and how he’s already began this by putting in his input to the records he created already.
The other two topics he talked about include if My Own Lane reached his expectations and putting fellas to shame with a story about his most expensive date that happened to be on Valentine’s Day.
Tracking “Show Me” on the charts and how it felt to hit #1 (0:30)
If he feels pressure to create another hit single (1:46)
My Own Lane reaching his own expectations (2:35)
Getting back into producing on his next album (3:32)
The most expensive date he’s ever been on (4:26)