It seems da mess surrounding DaBaby’s comments at
the superspreader event Rolling Loud Miami last weekend continues to evolve.
Thanks to the now viral video footage, the “BOP” rapper has been continually (read: rightfully) catching heat for a handful of derogatory remarks made in reference to the LGBTQ+ community during his set at the Miami-based music festival, People reports. The rant, which will not be transcribed in its entirety here, took shots at gay men and those with HIV/AIDS. Later on, during an Instagram Live, DaBaby attempted to poorly clarify his comments while actually doubling down on what he said, even going so far as to refer to those infected with HIV/AIDS as “stupid ass niggas,” “nasty” and “junkies on the street.”
However on Tuesday, the “Goin Baby” rapper seemingly apologized in a series of tweets—but quickly switched the subject to police brutality and brands biting off Black artists in a move that can only be described as “wtf does this even have to do with what you said?”
“I tell fans to put a cellphone light in the air y’all start a million man March. I told you y’all digested that wrong. But I ain’t gone lie I’m impressed,” he wrote. “Now show this same amount of support when a racist cop kill one of our black ass…YA NOT”
He added, “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. But the LGBT community... I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”
“& for any brands, networks, or artists that like to profit off of black rappers influence on the culture, without understanding it or having the patience to deal with what comes with the position we play in our culture. Keep yo money next time, us ‘NIGGAS’ human too.#GodBless.”
“Other than that y’all cheer the fuck up & be proud of who you are cuz you can’t make me feel less of myself,” he concluded.
Several artists have since entered the chat following DaBaby’s distasteful comments. Rapper T.I., who honestly shouldn’t be saying a gotdamn thing because of all the shit he has going on, came to his defense, citing DaBaby’s freedom to “live and speak his truth” just as Lil Nas X has. (Again, wtf does Lil Nas X have to do with anything?) Meanwhile, pop star Dua Lipa, who collaborated with DaBaby on the popular radio hit “Levitating,” issued a statement via Instagram Stories on Tuesday, standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community:
“I’m surprised and horrified at DaBaby’s comments. I really don’t [recognize] this [as] the person I worked with, I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.”
Updated: Wednesday, 7/28/21 at 6:00 p.m., ET: Well, reader, I regret to inform you that there have been a handful of disheartening updates since this blog’s initial posting.
Following da growing outrage over DaBaby’s comments, several artists have come to his defense, undoubtedly adding more homophobic fuel to the fire. After news broke that the “Blame It on Baby” rapper had lost his endorsement with BooHooMan, rappers Tory Lanez and Boosie Badazz took to the social media streets to give their two cents on the matter.
Lanez, who performed with DaBaby at one point during his Rolling Loud set, opted to let some thoughts loose on Twitter, writing:
“When did rap get so politically correct that u can’t speak your mind and have an opinion....why the fuck was rap started ?... for us to speak our mind ....Rappers will not always be right, and u don’t have to agree. But they have a right to speak their mind,” he said.
He later added, “The saddest thing about Twitter...is the people who get on here ....look for what’s trending , and support whatever they think people are supporting .....won’t take the time to fact check .. won’t take the time to research nothing..but be the most opinionated tweeters lmao.”
Okay, sir. Speaking of research though, you probably should’ve taken a beat to get familiar with the parameters of your outstanding protective order. Seeing as how you wanted to “bop” around in a baby suit in Miami and high-key disregard the whole “stay 100 yards away from Megan Thee Stallion” mandate, you could use a refresher course on fact-checking, too.
Meanwhile, back in Homophobic Hell, Boosie Badazz felt it a bit more proper to speak his mind on Instagram Live, this time taking a page out of T.I.’s book and dragging in the one person who still has nothing to do with any of this: Lil Nas X:
After wrongly interpreting one of Lil Nas X’s tweets where he jokingly said he and Jack Harlow would perform “Industry Baby” naked onstage at the VMAs “for charity,” Badazz hurled a handful of homophobic slurs including calling the “Old Town Road” rapper a “f*ggot,” a “disrespectful motherfucker,” and in a separate video threatened to “beat his ass” if he were to actually get on stage and do that. (Oh so, is this what we’re doing now? Threatening violence and trying to “set it off” against the marginalized? Not really a good look considering your checkered past, but hey—what do I know?)
I’ve got to ask though: am I the only one who finds it weird that Boosie always seems to enter the chat whenever the topic is about anything gay-related? He never seems to want to tackle anything really worthwhile, but somehow he finds the time to spew vitriol at the LGBTQ+ community (and specifically, Lil Nas X) when shutting TF up is absolutely free. I mean, with all the money he has, I’d think he’d still like to save a buck or two from time to time. Guess I was wrong.
Despite the unyielding ignorance on full display today, several other notable artists spoke out to condemn both DaBaby’s and Boosie’s comments, including Grammy-nominated rapper Chika and Sir Elton John. And because I want to end this trash ass update on a positive note, allow the words of Lil Nas X to bring you some sort of semblance.