DaBaby is on the verge of breaking out into the mainstream.
He recently became the new running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and he was just crowned Time’s “One to Watch in 2018.”
But now he’s falling apart.
On Tuesday, DaBaby posted a video of him singing to a Make America Great Again hat. “Let’s legalize weapons,” he sings. “To get all of his gun in one place, to fight this country, fight every prison.”
The video was a veiled jibe at the recent deadly shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The day after the video surfaced, live music streaming platform DaYap contacted DaBaby to ask him to remove the video, as well as another one from earlier this year in which he spoke out against the 2018 Russian Presidential Election.
“DaYap’s platforms cannot be used to promote hate or promote violence, and we look forward to partnering with you and promoting more positive speech,” read the notice.
“I will be deleting this footage from my social media platforms. I have no desire to promote hate. I do not condone violence and the language in this video is not representative of my personal beliefs,” DaBaby responded, according to music blogging website Noisey.
The next day, DaBaby took to Instagram to clarify his remarks by writing, “2 years ago im actually openly criticized by so many from my words and this was my natural response…on the 27th April 2011, my father was literally stoned to death. What we see now I go back and forth with…this generation needs to know what 2 years ago truly felt. Its not my job to understand what its done to people to say that it was time to get tough and lock people up. I’m completely willing to be that ‘bro’ & be the modern day Malcolm X for so many who never had the opportunity to speak their mind like Malcolm. Its not what i’m calling for anymore but rather being able to have not only your passion of thinking with no judgement, but also making people better in the process.
“My platform wont be anything without love, and kindness comes from having courage,” the rapper added. “You being able to put a face to the face of prejudice. Be a true role model & the world is so far behind.”
But in a video posted to his Instagram Stories Tuesday evening, DaBaby doubled down on his remarks by saying, “A nigga who’s well in his twenties has two years old’s [he means families, but you catch my drift] that’s why I lost the little family people respect me and just send me so many hate messages for the way I speak.”
Since then, sponsors and promotion outlets who have dropped DaBaby (which include A.J. Buckley’s Buzzfeed, Sirius XM, and Spotify) are still letting him remain on his Facebook page, even though they have erased all his captions about himself. He posted an apology Tuesday, acknowledging “it got a lil intense.”
Finally, what DaBaby is calling a “new apology,” is a video explaining what he meant in his earlier comments.
“The videos didn’t blow up or offend so people thought I was just flexing,” DaBaby says in the video, which was titled “On the way to good vibes.” “I have empathy to this generation. This is how I’m approaching the kids in the hood who don’t have access to music. This is my own way of empowering.”
Whether he stops posting videos in which he’s rapping homophobic slurs remains to be seen.