Lil Duval on the Success of 'Smile' & The Importance of Living Your Best Life


After ruling the comedy world for over a decade, Lil Duval is now getting into the music business at full pace. The Jacksonville, Fla. native launched his debut solo single “Smile (Living My Best Life)” earlier this summer time, which led to his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The monitor options Florida rapper Ball Greezy and former collaborator Snoop Dogg, and its summery, feel-good vibes has sparked a viral problem that Future and Kevin Hart have participated in.

Following the celebratory milestone, Lil Duval spoke to Billboard about working with Snoop Dogg, the optimistic message behind the tune and what it truly means to dwell your greatest life.

What was your response if you heard you entered the Billboard Hot 100?
I celebrated by smoking good. [Laughs.] It was surreal as a result of I by no means did it to get to the Hot 100, so the truth that we did it organically was simply superb to me.

Where did the inspiration for “Smile (Living My Best Life)” come from?
It simply got here from me being who I'm. Living my greatest life so far as simply being comfortable and making an attempt to place that vitality on the market for everyone else. At this time, there’s numerous music that’s drug-inspired, miserable and unhappy. So, it’s a great time for one thing like this. 

Do you suppose there’s a purpose why the tradition has been so unfavorable these days?
Just following what everyone else is doing. The children see individuals being depressed, in order that they’re going to need to make depressed music. They see [rappers] with earrings of their nostril. They’re going need to do this. The children comply with what they see cool. So, in an effort to make them see optimistic issues, you gotta make it cool. That’s what I attempt to do.

What was the recording course of like?
It was actual natural. I had the thought in my head, and despatched it over to Snoop [Dogg] and Ball Greezy, and voila! I actually simply have enjoyable [in the studio]. That’s my format with all the pieces. If I can’t have enjoyable, I don’t need to do it.

You final collab'd with Snoop on "Hit 'Em Wit The Shoulders" in 2016. Why had been Snoop and Ball Greezy a great match for this tune?
Just that old style vibe. Snoop is the OG. He’s like the favourite uncle that everyone need to grasp with. And that’s how he's with me. He’s essentially the most all the way down to earth entertainer-celebrity that you just’ll ever meet. Ball Greezy convey[s] that Florida enchantment and down-South really feel to it.

Did you anticipate the tune to go viral?
I knew it was going to go viral as a result of many of the stuff that I put out is viral. I didn't know that it was going to be a success so far as the radio airwaves. It’s only a feel-good tune. You can’t deny it. 

Who do you suppose did the “Living My Best Life” problem the perfect?
Lil Boosie. He was dwelling ghetto fabulous. He had a gold rest room, he had neon lights in his bathe. It was simply ghetto fabulous. Living his greatest life, and he was comfortable. A girl despatched me [a video] the place a baby had Down syndrome, and the one time they hear is after they play “Smile.” And that was the entire goal of the tune within the first place. To attain individuals like that. I wished to present everyone my spirit as a result of I’m a cheerful individual, and I don’t journey off of stuff that I can’t management.

Did you provide you with the video’s idea and all of the memes included?
Yeah, I got here up with it. Instead of going to the [2018] BET Awards, I simply went out and shot it on Venice Beach. Venice Beach has that comfortable, feel-good vibe that I wished. I acquired all these [memes] in there simply to indicate everyone having a great time. We all do foolish stuff, like I used to be displaying [comedian] Jess Hilarious along with her hair out. I used to be displaying me getting crossed up by [Washington Wizards point guard] John Wall. 

What is your definition of dwelling your greatest life?
Just dwelling in your means. Living with no matter you've at that time. Being pleased with it -- and if you’re comfortable the place you might be, you may develop much more. You’re not chasing any individual else’s notion.

You’ve been mixing music in your comedy sketches for some time now. Why do you suppose the connection between comedy and music works so effectively?
Because I believe these are two issues that basically transfer the tradition. So, in case you intertwine that collectively, you may’t incorrect.

I’ve been watching your music movies rising up. I believe your presence is so humorous, however do you've any favourite ones?
Probably T.I.’s “Whatever You Like.” That was enjoyable. I simply bear in mind having a great time, and seeing the way it got here out, and the character I performed.

Can we anticipate extra music from you quickly?
Definitely. As quickly as this goes No. 1, I’m dropping one other one. We about to go No. 1 on city. And then, we’re like high 10 in rhythmic. So, hopefully it pushes all the pieces up much more on the Hot 100 as effectively. I acquired an EP I’m doing EMPIRE. So be searching for that.

A model of this text initially appeared within the Sept. 29 concern of Billboard.