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DaBaby’s Rise to Fame and Fall from Grace: A Timeline of His Successes and Scandals

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DaBaby (born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk) is one of the most beloved and divisive rappers in modern music. His rise to stardom began with catchy songs, charismatic personality and viral videos; but soon thereafter there was also criticism and backlash over legal troubles, violent incidents and homophobic remarks he made in interviews and comments at Rolling Loud Miami events. Below is a timeline detailing both successes and scandals associated with DaBaby, from his debut album to recent controversy at Rolling Loud Miami events.

DaBaby’s Rise to Fame
DaBaby’s Rise to Fame

2019: Baby on Baby and Kirk

DaBaby released his debut studio album, Baby on Baby in March 2019, which featured the hit single “Suge”. This album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and earned positive reviews from critics. His second album Kirk debuted at number one and yielded his number-one Billboard 200 position as well as producing smash hit “Bop”. Additionally he collaborated with Lil Nas X, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo as well as performing on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon respectively and nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song respectively for “Suge”.

2019 was also marked by legal difficulties for DaBaby. He was arrested in January for allegedly assaulting a promoter owing him money in Miami, was involved in a shooting at Walmart in North Carolina that resulted in the death of 19-year-old man; charged were dropped as self-defense as well as being sued by rapper Don Trag alleging DaBaby’s security team had assaulted them prior to performing in Massachusetts in May 2019.

2020: Blame It on Baby and More Legal Issues

DaBaby continued his success in 2020 with his third album Blame It on Baby, released in April and featuring Roddy Ricch’s chart-topping single “Rockstar”. While critical reviews for Blame It On Baby were mixed, commercial success saw it debut at number one on Billboard 200 chart and garner four Grammy nominations including Record of the Year and Best Rap Song nominations for “Rockstar”.

2020 brought more legal issues and controversy for DaBaby. He was arrested in January on charges of robbing and assaulting a music promoter in Miami. Tyronesha Laws sued DaBaby after she claims that DaBaby slapped her during a concert in Tampa Florida that took place March 2020, although later apologized personally and offered to meet up. DaBaby was also accused of assaulting hotel employee in Beverly Hills California during December 2019 before this case was later dismissed in March 2020; additionally he faced criticism for performing at packed shows during COVID pandemic without complying with social distancing guidelines and mask mandates.

2021: Rolling Loud Miami and Backlash

DaBaby kicked off 2021 by releasing his fourth album, My Brother’s Keeper (Long Live G)- dedicated to Glenn Johnson who tragically committed suicide last November 2020. Critical reviews for the album were positive and it debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart, featuring collaborations with artists like Dua Lipa, DJ Khaled, Kanye West as well as winning his second consecutive BET Award for Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

2021 also brought major criticism and controversy for DaBaby, particularly after his performance at Rolling Loud Miami on July 25, 2021. During his set, DaBaby made homophobic and insensitive comments about HIV/AIDS and gay men, and also brought out rapper Tory Lanez who is suspected of shooting Megan Thee Stallion – DaBaby’s former collaborator and friend. His remarks sparked widespread outrage from fans, celebrities, activists, and organizations, leading to him being dropped from numerous festivals and events such as Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Day N Vegas. Dua Lipa also voiced her shock and horror over his comments and distanced herself from him, though initially defended them and dismissed the criticism – before eventually admitting he needed education on these issues. Additionally, he released the song “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give”, featuring more homophobic lyrics as well as an accompanying video which concluded with rainbow colors spelling out the phrase: “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate”.

DaBaby’s rise and fall from grace is an intricate tale of success and scandal, talent and turmoil, fame and infamy. While DaBaby has accomplished notable feats within the music industry, he has also faced serious repercussions for his actions and words; showing both signs of repentance and redemption, as well as defiance and denial; making for an interesting figure who has left an indelible mark upon the culture at large. He remains an intriguing yet controversial character with lasting effects across society today.

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