20 Questions With NLE Choppa: How Meditation Helped Him During Quarantine & Fatherhood
In just a year, NLE Choppa carved out a lane in hip-hop as one of the genre’s brightest stars. The Memphis teenager’s career took off when he released his explosive hit “Shotta Flow” in 2019; the record rocketed to No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and helped him land a deal with Warner Records later that year.
Choppa’s high-octane energy seeped into his follow-up hits, including “Camelot” and his Roddy Ricch-assisted “Walk Em Down,” allowing the 17-year-old to become a consistent Hot 100 presence. Earlier this month, Choppa released his debut album Top Shotta. The 20-track collection coasted its way to No. 10 on the Billboard 200, besting his previous effort Cottonwood, which peaked at No. 57.
Below, read about how Choppa’s handling fatherhood, preserving his mental health and more.
1. What’s the first piece of music that you bought for yourself, and what was the medium?
I don’t buy music but YouTube. I listened to music on YouTube.
2. What was the first concert you saw?
I never to been to one, but mines.
3. What did your parents do for a living when you were a kid?
My momma owns rental properties, and my pops worked at Hershey’s.
4. What made you realize that you could be an artist full time?
When I found out I was good at it, and I found something that I love doing.
5. How did your hometown/city shape who you are?
I think it made me a little grimy, a hustler, a survivor.
6. What’s the last song you listened to?