On a recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Lil Baby hit big with the chips on one of the city’s hot casino tables. The payoff could have added an additional seven figures to the Atlanta rapper’s bank, but instead he chose to increase the personal wealth of his friends.
Early Tuesday morning, Aug. 30, social media went crazy after the “We Paid” rapper and some of his friends started posting clips from one of their hot night’s gambling.
His longtime associate BlocBoy JB took to social media to post a video of the payout, saying, “N**ga really just hit 4 a milli.”
Another video showed him winning on yet another table.
While the day of the big win is unknown, the artist reportedly won $1 million shooting dice, potentially adding to his estimated $5 million net worth. However, instead of depositing the cash in his account, he “invested” several stacks of $10,000 in his entourage. He gave 10 of his friends 10k, for a total of $100,000.
“They know I won $ but what they don’t know is I ain’t out here balling I’m investing!!” Lil Baby tweeted.
There is a history of major dice wins for the rapper, whose real name is Dominique Jones. Before rapping, he created a reputation as a shark — hustling, and gambling against the best in his area. His sister shared a story of how he once borrowed $60 from his mother and sisters and flipped that into $100,000.
In an interview from the artist’s 2018 “Preacherman” documentary, his sister talked about how, in 2014, she knew her brother had a gift.
“[Lil Baby] asked my sister and my mama, ‘I need $20.’ Everybody gave him $20, ’cause he don’t ask for nothing,” she said.
She continued the story, “So for him to come to us and ask for something, we like, ‘Hmm, OK.’ So, we gave it to him. He stayed gone for like seven days. He was clean when he left. When he came back, he was a mess.”
“We went in his room just being nosey. Me and my sister counted $100,000 with our bare hands,” she said, adding, “He gon’ come through all the time.”
Hot Freestyle posted on Twitter about the family loan to get on his feet and how in one week, he paid with over 1666 percent interest. The “Drip too Hard” celebrity hopped in the comments to explain how he did it, attributing the bulk of the hustle to gambling.
“Majority came from a dice game,” he said. “Probably put $60 on $2k then I ain’t lose for a week straight.”
Shooting dice is not the only way that the rapper earns his money. His investment portfolio is diverse, ranging from products like “Hero Bread” to cryptocurrency. In 2022, he participated in three Series A investment groups: Everyrealm, MoonPay and Jackpot.
He also capitalizes on his successful rap career, recently expanding his content to include social justice and faith-based themes. It has paid off for him. With songs streaming over 11 billion times, he reportedly gets paid $400,000 each time he does a major concert.