Da Baby has had a rough couple weeks, thanks to some super off color remarks he made seemingly unprovoked during his set at this year’s Rolling Loud Festival. The domino effect was instant and constant for the MC, who has been very combative and defensive in the after math of his statements. His rant, which included homophobia, misogyny and some serious misinformation about the HIV/AIDS virus, has gotten him kicked off of several other major festivals, with New York City’s Governors Ball joining the list.
I tell fans to put a cellphone light in the air y’all start a million man March.✊🏾— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
I told you y’all digested that wrong 🤷🏾♂️but I ain’t gone lie I’m impressed.
Now show this same amount of support when a racist cop kill one of our black ass…YA NOT 😂
It all began when Da Baby decided to “hype” his fans up mid set with a very strange list of call outs to encourage them to put their cellphones lighters in the air. The most damaging part of his rant was a part when he tried to shoutout fans who did not have the disease claiming that it often kills people in “2 to 3 weeks”. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly STDs that’ll make you d** in two, three weeks, put your cellphone light up,” DaBaby told the crowd at the Rolling Loud Festival. The troubling statement was met with anger from fans and critics, with many calling for him to be canceled.
I was tryna be a rapper for like one more year God ready for me to be a ICON now. This what I asked for I proudly accept the challenge 🙋🏾♂️ lets get it.— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 30, 2021
Da Baby’s initial response was very nonchalant, with him claiming that his real fans understood his intend. “My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain’t got no nasty gay n***as, see what I’m saying? They ain’t no junkies on the street” he said on his IG stories. In a tweet he also said “Anybody who done ever been effected by [it] y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies”, before adding “But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”
Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies 🙏🏾— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.
He was quickly dropped from endorsements including Boohoo Man and denounced by former collaborations like Dua Lipa and Lizzo.
This was also quickly followed by other festivals aiming to distance themselves from him with Lollapalooza being the first. Today, both Governor’s Ball and Day N Vegas in Nevada dropped him as well.
Da Baby released another statement apologizing but it seems like it might be too late.
dababy posted an apology, the comments are turned off pic.twitter.com/KbyYVllAY0— jayde (@princeofp0p) August 2, 2021