DaBaby continues to dominate headlines after a performance at Rolling Loud Miami where he made several homophobic and misogynistic comments.
The rapper has since shared a short apology on Twitter, saying, "What I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody." But his words and actions following the performance have already resulted in a series of consequences. He has been dropped from several festival lineups and lost business deals, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end soon.
Here's a timeline of everything that has happened so far:
July 25 — DaBaby makes homophobic comments during Rolling Loud Miami performance
On the final day of Rolling Loud Miami, DaBaby took the Ciroc Stage for a performance that shocked fans. He first came under fire for bringing out Tory Lanez to perform their latest single “SKAT” shortly after Megan Thee Stallion had left the same stage. (In 2020, Megan accused Tory of shooting her feet.)
Following the guest appearance, DaBaby proceeded to stun again for making homophobic comments between songs. "If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up," he told attendees. "Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cell phone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up." Clips from the livestream of Rolling Loud quickly began circulating on social media and received widespread criticism from fans and celebrities including Dua Lipa, Elton John, and Questlove.
July 26 — DaBaby defends his Rolling Loud set
The day after his Rolling Loud set, DaBaby took to his Instagram Stories where he appeared to defend his controversial comments. In the clips, he repeatedly referred to himself as the “live show killer” and explained his comments as a call to action for his fans.
Later that same day, T.I. jumped to the rapper’s defense in a lengthy video on Instagram. In the video, T.I., who is currently facing serious sexual assault allegations, said that people should stop looking to rappers to appease them. "Everyone is up in arms and upset about what DaBaby said. I understand people saying that they feel that it’s insensitive," he said. “I think you guys have to understand that onstage, that’s not the place that rappers go to be sensitive and soothe everybody’s feelings. It’s a place to go to have a good time." T.I. disagreed with the backlash DaBaby was receiving from the public, and suggested that heterosexual people were being treated unfairly. "Social media’s full of confusion. Words are often misconstrued. And to be honest with you, if homosexuals have more rights than heterosexual people, just say that," T.I said in the video while driving.
July 27 — DaBaby admits he was 'insensitive,' then says 'cheer the f*ck up' and continues promoting shows
After receiving continued backlash on the internet, DaBaby issued a soft apology on Twitter, writing, "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."
In a separate tweet, the rapper addressed brands, networks, and fellow artists who criticized him. "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 'N*GGAS' human too." Despite acknowledging his insensitivity, DaBaby then promoted his upcoming concerts in Hidalgo and Corpus Christi, Texas, tweeting, "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."
July 28 — BoohooMAN ends its collaboration with DaBaby
On July 28, fashion company BoohooMAN announced that it would be ending its collaboration with the rapper following his homophobic comments. The brand had previously partnered with DaBaby on a 100-piece summer collection, which was launched in June. "BoohooMAN condemn the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby," they said in a statement on Twitter. "Diversity and inclusion are part of the Boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe. We stand by and support the LGBTQ+ community, and do not tolerate hate speech or discrimination in any form."
Later that day, Tory Lanez and Boosie both decided to chime in on DaBaby’s controversy on social media. Lanez said DaBaby had the right to speak his mind, while Boosie soon released his own statement in a video on Instagram. In the video, Boosie said he agreed with DaBaby’s Rolling Loud comments. He also criticized fellow rapper Lil Nas X — who is gay — and threatened to beat him up if he saw him dancing naked with boys on stage.
Shortly after all of this, DaBaby dropped the music video for his single "Giving What It’s Supposed to Give," where he seemed to address his homophobic comments once again. In the video, around the 1:40 mark, DaBaby held up a sign that said "AIDS" while rapping, "Bitch, we like AIDS, I’m on your ass, we on your bitch, we won’t go away." The video ended with a message written in rainbow colors, which is a symbol for the LGBTQ community. "Don’t Fight Hate With Hate," it said. "My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."
July 29 — DaBaby’s name is removed from Parklife Festival lineup
After his Rolling Loud performance, it appeared that the rapper had been removed from the Parklife Festival lineup. DaBaby was originally announced as a performer back in March alongside Young Thug and Megan Thee Stallion, but his name was suddenly missing from the festival’s most recent flyers. In a statement to TMZ, however, a rep for the North Carolina rapper said his removal from the Parklife lineup had nothing to do with his Rolling Loud comments. Instead, they said the decision to withdraw from the festival was made in response to COVID-19.
August 1 — Lollapalooza drops DaBaby from lineup
DaBaby was slated to perform at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Sunday, August 1, but festival organizers announced that he was cut from the lineup due to his controversial comments at Rolling Loud. "Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight," they announced in a statement.
August 2 — Gov Ball and Day N Vegas festivals drop DaBaby from lineup
On August 2, two more festivals announced that DaBaby was dropped from their lineups. Governors Ball was the first to break the news with a statement on social media. "Founders Entertainment does not and and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind. We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world," the statement read, promising a replacement artist. Although the organizers did not name DaBaby in the statement, it was accompanied by a picture of the updated lineup, revealing that DaBaby had been removed.
Just after, the Day N Vegas followed suit with a similar message. "DaBaby will no longer be appearing at Day N Vegas 2021. Roddy Ricch has been added to the lineup," the statement reads on Instagram.
DaBaby finally issues a formal apology
After being dropped from multiple festival lineups on August 2, DaBaby released a formal statement on Instagram later that day.
August 3 — Austin City Limits, iHeart Radio, and Music Midtown Festivals drop DaBaby from their lineups
Three more festivals dropped DaBaby from their lineups following his homophobic comments. On August 3, the Austin City Limits Festival announced on Twitter that "DaBaby will no longer be performing." The iHeartRadio Festival followed next. Though DaBaby is still listed as a performer on the iHeartRadio website, festival organizers confirmed in a statement to Rolling Stone that "DaBaby will no longer be performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Daytime Stage." Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta also announced they would be dropping the rapper in a similar statement on Twitter.
Stay tuned for updates.