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Hey Lil Playboii, I really appreciate you taking the time to do this exclusive interview... I don't know if you remember, but we first met at Summer Jam in Kansas back in 2008, happy to see us both still doing what we love!
Let's get into some questions...
First off, how does it feel to be an internet sensation?
It’s a blessing, we blew up so fast and so young. I was only 18 years old at the time so I lived all of my adult life doing what I love to do. Being the creator of the worlds first viral dance challenge all the way back then and still seeing people doing all of the dances I created today is an amazing feeling. A lot of people don’t know that not only did I create all of our dances like “Crank Dat Yank” & “Camp Walk” but I’ve also created the “Crank that SouljaBoy “ dance for SouljaBoy Tell’em! Plus I created the “Birdwalk” & “Snap & Roll” dances for Soulja Boy as well. The “Break your Ankles” dance for Shawty lo & E-40 and the V.I.C. “Get Silly” dance.
Your hit single "Crank Dat Yank" has over 10 Million views altogether today on YouTube, did you ever think that it'd reach the numbers it has?
Of course! To be honest when I made the “Crank That Souljaboy” Dance in 2007 that video blew us up on YouTube as dancers so I knew all I had to do was re-create the same formula, but with my own song and it will blow us up as rappers, so I made “Crank Dat Yank”.
Also, the original, “Crank Dat Yank “ video had 5 million views in the first 3 months and 30 million views in total but once my old YouTube channel got hacked & deleted I lost all of my original videos, views & subscribers. That day was one of the worst days in my life. The “Crank Dat Yank” video thats up now and has 7 million views is a video a fan re-recorded and reposted onto their YouTube channel from my old channel. That’s why the video is so blurry and the upload date is 2008 but the original “CrankDatYank” video was uploaded in 2007 and way better quality.
Tell us a little about your overall mission, Playboii -
My overall mission in life is to be the best creator possible. Whether it’s creating music, dances, fashion, films or anything thing art related, I want it to be great. Heck even when I’m showing off my cooking on my Instagram stories my follower see how how creative I can be with something as simple as making a plate of food or cooking dinner.
In middle school while most of my friends were focusing on being athletes and playing sports, I was busy writing raps and drawing portraits of my favorite rap artist. Once I got into high school and learn how to work Fruity loops & Acid pro it was over. I stayed recording myself and fell in love with the process of creating music. I knew this is what I want to do since elementary and I think that’s why I had so much success with it a such an early age.
In my neighborhood most 12-13 year old boys didn’t know what they wanted to be but I did. I already knew what the overall goal and mission was. Create and own dope ass art, music & content. A lot of people do not know that I illegally own the “crank that Soulja Boy dance”. I’m the first person in the world to ever patent a dance. And for anybody that don’t believe me, you can look it up on the Georgia’s Secretary of State website. You will see my first and last name Brandon Sims as the owner. To me, there’s nothing better than ownership. Now somebody go and tell Fortnite to holla at me, I heard they wanna license that dance out. I got them.
How does it feel to be a "trendsetter" in the music industry?
It’s a good feeling bro. When we created the crank that Soulja Boy dance, and it went viral, and then everybody else started coming out with all their “crank songs/ dances” was one of the crazies things that ever seen. That’s when I said we have to do the “Crank Dat Yank.”
Watching people copy everything we did like painting on a T-shirts & glasses, wearing children backpacks as fashion, using slang we created, dying our dread Locs crazy colors and cutting the back of our hats out so our hair can hang out the back of our hats.
Everything we did back then was trendy and all the kids that looked up to us followed those trends. I was 18 and the oldest in my group at that time. My younger brother Yellaboy Trent was only 15, Lil Lite was 15 and Young Jit was 16 so we definitely had the youth in our pockets, the whole city of ATLANTA on our backs and the internet on lock.
What was it like to tour back in the 2000's compared to nowadays?
Touring back then was crazier because we were much younger, and didn’t have any real responsibilities. Rapping and dancing on stages in front of 20-30 thousand fans at that age was a dream come true.
Also, majority of our shows were for the youth so we would do a lot of high school tours, skating rinks, teen clubs, colleges and homecomings. We definitely had a few night clubs and strip’s clubs back then too but now 75% of my performances are those type of shows. I still do concert halls, Amphitheaters & arenas but like always those type of shows are always crazy.
Speaking of crazy, I would love to do like a rolling loud festival because we didn’t have those back then. Then crowds be looking super crazy. I can only image the feeling.
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
New music, new merch, collaborations with new artist and just overall taking my new brand to new levels.
Lately I’ve been streaming on twitch a lot and my fans have been loving it so I’m going to start doing that more in the future as well. Make sure y’all check out my twitch @ LILPLAYBOII
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the next five years I want to be a Grammy Award Winner. I’ve worked on an Album that was Grammy nominated already but with in the next five years I definitely want to take home my own Grammy for one of my own projects.
I started my own record label “PAYUP MUSIC” with my brother YBT3FLY & we have three artists including myself so far. In the next five years, I would want to be able to hang up a some platinum plaques on my wall not only for myself, but for all of my artist as well.
And I definitely see myself performing at a couple of these big award shows. Watching Lil Baby perform at the Grammys a couple years ago really inspired me to get back on my shit.
Who are some of your mentors?
It’s crazy, because I have a lot of different mentors that i get really good life advice and professional advice from. Anybody that personally knows me knows that I love to talk and learn new things all the time.
My mom definitely gives me great life advice and is at the top of my list for go to people when it’s comes to family and parenting advice. Learning from her and my father mistakes and using their knowledge and guidance helps me a lot in everyday life.
Business and career wise I definitely have to give a big shout out to my big brother T-Pain, he took me under his wing the past couple years ago and been helping me in ways I couldn’t even imagine. Pain really gives me great advice all the time rather it’s new business ideas or overall advice on life. He always steer me into the right direction and genuinely cares. I’ve learned so much from this man just by sitting in the same room and watching how hard he works, the shit is truly motivational. It’s a blessing to have such an incredible mentor that’s been up, down and all around the music industry business. He’s a real life legend and one of the greatest musicians/ producers of all time.
During COVID, we all faced struggles, what was one of your main struggles?
May 2019, I got ejected out of a car, and my whole life changed in the blink of an eye. So once Covid hit, I was still in my recovery stages, trying to gain my strength back in my body. I had to move out my place and and stay with my brother because I needed help with my everyday life. I couldn’t drive so my mom drove me to all my doctors appointments and she did all my shopping for me. My mom also made sure I ate during them times too.
Since everything was shut, down all of my doctor appointments with spaced out due to Covid restrictions and scheduling was all messed up and it made my healing time a lot longer.
Also not only did the show money slow down due to Covid but since I was injured I couldn’t do any of my side hustles either. I thank God I had a nice savings account and having ownership of my music. My royalties and publishing checks really kept me afloat during that time.
Where can fans find your music?
YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, everywhere, really.
In 2021 I officially changed my artist name from “Lil Playboii” to “P L A Y B O I I“ so you can search all my latest music and the new music to come under my new name “P L A Y B O I I“ on all the music platforms out there. You can also still search all my old music like “Make Her Mine” & “Good Kitty” under “Lil PlayBoii” and all of the old Cash Camp / Camp22 music like “Crank Dat Yank” “Yank Remix” & “Let Me Hold U feat Lil Duval” on all streaming platforms too.
Anything you'd like to include?
My New Album “Champagne Wishes 2” is definitely in the works right now. I have about 40 songs and I’m still recording more daily. Also want to give a shout out to my three kids Armonee, Ashdon & August. And I want to thank you Christopher for allowing me to do this dope interview with you, I want to thank my family members, fans, followers and supporters. Be on the lookout for my new Murch. Also, we have the limited PAYUP PLAYBOII X ATLANTA BRAVES Fitted hats available on my website LILPLAYBOII.COM
What are your social links?
For the most part, all of my social media links are still the same. Make sure you guys follow my hyperlink and that will take u to all my current links:
And here are my other social media links:
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