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DaBaby Reflects On Backlash Over 2021 Homophobic Comments

8 May 2023 | 10:30 am | Jessie Lynch

"I’m not a bad person. I’m unfaltering on that.”

DaBaby has spoken out about his wildly offensive comments about the LGBTQ+ community during his 2021 Rolling Loud performance.

ICYMI: The rapper went on a homophobic and misogynistic rant while performing at the festival, which resulted in him being kicked off a slew of festival lineups and slammed by fellow artists such as Elton John, Dua Lipa and Questlove.

“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 cellphone lighter up,” he told attendees at the time.

 “Ladies, if your p—- smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”

Following major backlash, he posted an apology in August 2021 via Instagram but deleted his post days later.

Now, in a recent appearance on The Shop Uninterrupted, the rapper was asked by Maverick Carter if he could’ve handled the situation differently after DaBaby admitted he "got knocked the f–k out" by the backlash over his comments.

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"Absolutely,” DaBaby said. 

“That’s what came out my own mouth and said as of late, not even as of late, I would maybe handled it the way he handled it. I apologised, but I didn’t mean to apologise because I’m this type of person.” 

He continued, "I’m gonna fight to the tooth and nail, like if I, you know what I mean? My character and my intentions – that’s something I am never going to let you make me out, I’m not a bad person. I’m unfaltering on that.”

The 31-year-old also admitted that his career was on the rise prior to the controversy, but stalled following his wild rant.

“When I look at what I was blessed enough to be able to accomplish within a year of 2019 alone, these things as an artist, as a rapper are like, there’s people who would give their hand to get these things,” he explained.

 “Cover of Billboard, cover of XXL, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, I did all that sh-t. I wasn’t even familiar with how large SNL was.”

“You almost gotta make it your business to not let that sh-t get to you, ’cause once it gets to you, it’s almost like, it’s a nonstop game of figuring this sh-t out,” he continued 

“That’s what we have to do anyway, to market ourselves, to make ourselves worth something.”

He added, “And, if you look back on it, like I was the most, and I hope this sh-t don’t sound like I’m tootin’ my own horn, but I was the most marketable artist in the world.”