The song, taken from his latest album Results take timehears Symba discuss an interaction with the Atlanta rapper that left him feeling discouraged.
“Stat Quo told me my music just wasn’t it/ And if I didn’t have a gimmick, people wouldn’t give a crap” raps the Oakland spitter.”It’s crazy how a n-gga that didn’t make anyone’s list/ can make you feel like you can’t go where you’re trying to go.”
In a new interview with HipHopDX, Symba explained its relationship with Stat Quo. He also made it clear that it was not what the older artist said that influenced him, but rather the way he expressed his criticism.
“Stat used to work on the label I was previously signed to,” Symba said. “And it wasn’t what he said that was wrong; what he said was right, it was just how he wanted to do it.
“He would embarrass me in those moments in front of everybody. So I always kind of looked at it like, ‘Damn bro, instead of breaking down in front of everybody, pull me to the side and tell me how to get it right !’
While the reference may have felt like a slight to some listeners, Symba believed it should be a source of motivation for other up-and-coming artists or anyone facing criticism while pursuing a dream.
“I wasn’t really ready to diss Stat,” he said. “It was more telling people that during your process of trying to get to where you’re trying to go, there’s going to be certain people who say crap like that. And you have to be willing to eat it. And keep pushing through.”
He continued: “Don’t let these people make you feel like you should stop. Because there was a time when he made me think maybe I should do something different. What if I wanted to stop? I never would make it this far.”
Symba made a similar reference in the song “Overnight”, where he raps about a program director at a Bay Area radio station who once told him he would have to get a feature from a local star Kafani to gain attention for his own music.
“Imagine being an up-and-coming artist and you don’t get any access to these people; so when you do, they want $10,000 that you don’t have for the feature, [and people are telling you] that’s what you have to do instead of just making a great song.” Symba remembered. “Those lines are really to let people, those kind of moments will exist, don’t let them discourage you. Keep pushing through. Believe in you and you’ll find people along the way.”
While he hopes these experiences from the earlier days of his career can inspire newer artists, Symba’s advice comes with one caveat.
“Now you also have to understand that you cannot have certain expectations of what is to come,” he warns. “So, like if you’re looking for a certain type of fan, you can ignore the actual fans you have. You can’t, you have to focus on who’s fucking with you.”