Since the DaBaby controversy in 2021 regarding his homophobic remarks at Rolling Loud and his affiliation with Tory Lanez throughout the Megan Thee Stallion shooting incident, the rapper’s career has taken a rapid decline from losing major endorsement deals to a loss in ticket sales.
Over the past two years, fans and audiences have questioned whether this would be the end of the DaBaby era and how it seemed to come to a sudden end so fast. However, with his new most recent three-piece song titled “Call Da Fireman,” some are speculating that he might just have another hit on his hands. After images of Kevin Hart dancing to DaBaby’s new single went viral across TikTok, the traction of attention for the rapper has started to slightly increase again. But, will this effect last?
According to revolt.com, “The EP serves as the follow-up to DaBaby’s Baby On Baby 2 album and with it being his first official release of the year, fans are in for a good treat. In an interview with Billboard last year, the 31-year-old spoke on how he had no choice but to adjust after the controversy he has been tied to. ‘As a human, I got the urge to defend myself every single time,’ he stated. ‘When it leans towards personal s**t, when it’s bulls**t and s**t that can’t get nowhere near close to affecting the food that’s put on my daughter’s table or the people around me, business that I’m affiliated to, I don’t give two f**ks about it. But when it touches personal places, because that’s the s**t I do care about, that’s when you’re going to see me hold my tongue. They’re going to come snatch that motherf**ker out of my mouth, because I’m human. But it comes with the territory.’” DaBaby has been in the heat since his controversial incidents and has seemed to learn a valuable lesson he’s experienced in the spotlight. Now, he’s in an attempt to score the hottest single and anthem for the summer.
Social media has responded positively with the catchy and upbeat tone of the single “Call Da Fireman” as dance challenges have already been created and spread on social media platforms. According to udiscoevrmusic.com., “The hip-hop hit-maker previewed the new release last month with the surefire twerk anthem “SHAKE SUMN,” which has since gone viral. To date, it has racked up a combined 18 million views on Instagram and 80.2 million views on TikTok and has been shared by celebrities such as legendary actor and comedian Kevin Hart. Call Da Fireman is completed with two brand-new tracks. “GHETTO GIRLS>>>>” finds the Charlotte-bred rapper reflecting on the type of women that catch his eye over a beat that samples the classic Cash Money Records track of the same name.”
One of the tracks on his fourth studio album release will feature Migos star, Offset, on “SELLIN CRACK”. According to udiscovermusic.com, “Prior to 2022, DaBaby had been racking up hits, including the 2019 singles “Intro” and “Bop,” which charted at No.13 and No.11, respectively, plus 2021’s Top 40 cut “Ball If I Want To.” In 2020, the rapper scored a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 with “Rockstar (featuring Roddy Ricch).” The track was given a remix in June of that year, with DaBaby adding a verse in response to the murder of George Floyd that detailed his own experience with police abuse. Recently, DaBaby has also appeared on tracks by other artists, including Gucci Mane’s “06 Gucci,” Coi Leray’s “Twinnem,” and multiple songs with YoungBoy Never Broke Again.”
Will DaBaby’s career ever fully reach the level that it once was or will he fail to remain relevant? Looks like we’ll definitely be able to see what he does with his comeback in 2023.
By Kori Barnes, University of Southern California
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