The rapper, best known for his hit single “Bad and Boujee” was in attendance at a recent SXSW panel for the new album “Cobra” and was asked about his current thoughts on the music industry.
“I’m not gonna give up,” Carter said.
“I don’t know if I’ve made my mind up yet.
I feel like the music business is really, really good, but there are some things that I can’t control and I know that it’s going to get better.
So, I’m just going to keep pushing.”
While Carter said he believes the industry is on a “rebound” after a few years of negative press, he still believes in the power of the creative community and its influence on the world.
“It’s like a big engine, and you need a good crew,” he said.
“We’re all in it together, and if we all take this thing on, then the rest of the world will just follow us.
So the more that we work together, the more people are going to listen to what we’re doing.”
Carter is the latest artist to embrace the “creative community,” joining the likes of The Chainsmokers, Kanye West, and Adele.
His success is also an example of what a thriving music industry can mean for a country’s economy.
“In this country, the only reason to have a good day is because of music,” he continued.
“You can’t buy a car without going to a bar or a club or someplace to dance or have a drink.
I’m still here, I just think I’m starting to take the next step.
But, it’s still the same reason I’m here.
I still need to make music and I still want to make people happy.”
Carter said he feels like “the music industry is really good,” but it is “not the only thing that’s going on in this world right now.”
“You know, if we can all just make music, that’s the only way we’re going to make change,” he added.