Of the record’s inspiration and narrative, he tells Complex, “Lil’ Red depicts a premature loss of innocence. It’s a narrative of a kid becoming a product of his environment. It artistically explores the factors that mold a young goon and ultimately leaves the audience to arrive at their own conclusions—whether hopeful or fatalistic.“
D Smoke raps, “The OG’s told him he the homie /Sold him on the dream and gave him lil’ cred /Save your soul, lil’ n***a /Pave your own, lil’ n***a /He wasn’t tryna hear that / Time went on, a real killer / Was born alone and real bitter.”
The Nick Sokoloff directed visual captures D Smoke’s scripted imagery thus bringing this record around full circle. A poet, first and foremost, this young, bilingual emcee’s intellect permeates his lyricism and reveals itself further in his cinematic like music videos.