9. Slate: Every Twist and Turn of This Week’s DaBaby Saga
If you played any DaBaby song right now I would not be able to recognize it—I know nothing about his music. Sure, I’ve known that he is a rapper for some time now, but I just never paid him any attention. Certain parts of the internet have been consumed with DaBaby this week after he made homophobic comments during a performance at Rolling Loud Festival in Miami last Sunday. During the performance, DaBaby also brought Tory Lanez on stage, and “considering that rap superstar Megan Thee Stallion, who performed at the event earlier in the night, has a restraining order against Lanez for shooting her last summer, the fact that Lanez was there at all was … not great.”
As this article explains, “the explicit homophobia is shocking, but not the fact that DaBaby would be brazenly offensive.” Honestly, after learning about some of the things the rapper has done in the past, the explicit nature of his comments isn’t shocking, and somewhat expectedly, DaBaby also doubled down on his remarks in an Instagram Live. Many people are condemning DaBaby’s comments, including Dua Lipa, Elton John, and Chris Brown—and as one Twitter user noted, “if Chris Brown starts dragging you and he’s RIGHT… you really gotta ask yourself where you went wrong.”
I’m sure the saga will continue. My favorite pop cultural commentators have yet to speak to the DaBaby Saga (probably because they are doing research) but I’m interested to see what they will have to say.