ATLANTA — This Thanksgiving means more than just time with family for Atlanta rapper Street Bud - it's knowing that he made it.
The rising Atlanta-based artist reflected in an interview with 11Alive's Neima Abdulahi on the good fortune that helped him escape difficult circumstances and his hopes to make a big impact on the community.
Street Bud has been rapping since he was 11, growing a fan base and eventually catching the eye of Migos' Quavo - who signed the young artist and now mentors him.
"Wow this is a blessing, like this is something crazy, this is something I dreamed of," he said of working with Quavo.
With a new album on the way and more than 400,000 Instagram followers, Street Bud is more popular than ever.
"My style of music is lit, i wanna make you feel good," he said.
All this success makes him reflect on when, not too long ago, life wasn't easy. His mother Cori, who also manages him, had to work hard to make ends meet, and the family had little beyond the basics.
"I remember not even being able to get nothing for Christmas, Thanksgiving, my birthday, none of that," he said. "But I didn't wanna cry cause I didn't wanna make my mom sad."
"Times were hard," he added. "Like from sleeping on couches, to sleeping at other people's houses, it was a struggle."
Now that he's seen success, he wants to inspire the youth to let them know that better days are ahead.
"Just to be on the higher level, I'm thankful every day," he said.
And as far as Christmas, he just has one item on his wish list.
"A rapper that I wanna colab with, right now, that I haven't collabed with, I wanna do a song with Jay-Z," he said.
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