Lil Baby is Atlanta’s rookie of the year,” says The FADER. A few days ago, Lil Baby bought a car that most people not only can’t afford but probably don’t even know exists. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible costs around $85,000 for the cheapest version and goes up from there. It features a carbon-fiber racing body, a 6.2 liter V8 engine that reaches 650 horsepower, and a 0-60 time of under three seconds. It comes with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The 23-year-old rapper drives automatic, which costs extra. The Chevrolet marketing materials boast a dry-sump oil system, Direct Injection and Continuously Variable Valve Timing.” I do not know what this means. The marketing materials add, this supercharged powerhouse is engineered for extreme speed and acceleration.” I do know what this means. It means that when Lil Baby pulls up, you hear him before he arrives.
It has been just over a year since Lil Baby started rapping, and he is already one of the hottest new rappers in Atlanta. Since last April, he has released four mixtapes, starting with a project called Perfect Timing. On May 18, he’ll continue that run with a new project, Harder Than Ever. With each release, he’s improved, mastering new styles and honing a sound that is already fully his own.
The rapid rise of Atlanta rapper Lil Baby is one prominent example. Now, after the release of his Freestyle,” currently boasting more than 200 million views on YouTube, it’s likely that he either released or is featured on your favorite new rap song. From teaming with Drake on Yes Indeed” to cutting records with Meek Mill and mentor Young Thug, his ascent has been relentless.
Just 24 hours before the festival kicked off, fellow rising Brooklyn acts like Casanova, Sheff G, 22Gz, and Pop Smoke as well as Bronx rapper Don Q were banned at the request of the NYPD because of their alleged affiliations to recent acts of violence” citywide. While fellow NYC natives like A$AP Rocky, Desiigner, Jim Jones and Fat Joe took the stage, JHN was one of the few acts to represent New York’s new sound.
It could be argued that after decades of songs about murder, gang violence and rivalries, what rap needs is vulnerability, and the baby trend is a positive step towards this. But then you listen to DaBaby’s Baby Sitter , where he claims: I’m the type of Baby that’s gon’ fuck the babysitter”. Mate: grow up.
Despite the name Lil Baby, he is reportedly 5 feet 8 inches tall. The Atlanta rapper is around the average height for a man. Yes Indeed” is the first collaboration between Drake and Lil Baby. It was premiered by Lil Baby himself on April 6, 2018, at Atlanta’s Empire Lounge.
Upon his arrival, Lil Baby wasted no time in getting audiences properly acquainted with his catalog, notably dropping four full-length projects in 2017. When executed improperly, such an effort could have very well oversaturated his introduction to the masses. But, what it effectively did was provide the south with plenty of street anthems to syndicate throughout the country Lil Baby essentially revived a certain energy in his hometown that provided him with a solidified fanbase that could propel him into just about any other locale.
In 2017, he witnessed Baby drop four projects in 11 months, before releasing three more in seven months the following year. Rashad’s watched his artist amass billions of streams, going from small clubs on promotional tours to only being able to book amphitheaters and better. He’s looking forward to the release of Lil Baby’s next project because it’s the first one that’s been incubated and will be treated with a full rollout. Baby’s only had one physical release—2018’s Harder Than Ever—everything else has been digital only, but the impact has been real. Gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, top 10 hits, the kinds of songs that even if you’re not into mumble trap, you’ve come across, or rather have had them come across you. People who don’t know what Lil Baby is but listen to the radio or go to clubs will know Yes Indeed” and Drip Too Hard” when they hear it.
A standout song on Lil Baby’s album Harder Than Ever” featuring Gunna and Lil Uzi Vert. It starts off with Lil Baby’s signature melodic style where he raps about all the women he gets.
The 24-year-old rapper had two Billboard Hot 100 hits in 2018. Those songs were Drip Too Hard,” which also featured Gunna, and Yes Indeed,” which featured Drake.
As morbid and cliche as it seems, Lil Baby’s background, colored by street politics and survival tactics, is the solid ground on which he stands. He has effectively mastered the art of taking the hood’s realities and flipping them into auto tune-laced poetry – not for the sake romanticization, but rather a concentrated authenticity. Whether this appreciation is apparent among listeners, it’s certainly obvious that the emcee isn’t a hard listen Where previous disciples such as Young Thug and Migos had long strayed away from such raps, as their realities no longer called for such narration, Baby’s fresh-faced career is still not too far removed from the life he once knew, leaving ample room for him to detail the realism that brought him to prominence.
Today, we get to hear Collide,” a song from R&B singer and new Motown signee Tiana Major 9 and the rising Outkast-influenced Atlanta rap duo EARTHGANG. The duet was produced by Benny Cassette and comes with a music video that was recently shot in London. Watch, listen, and check out the full trailer for Queen & Slim below.
Genius stumbled upon a 16 Bars interview with Lil Baby During the conversation, the rapper disclosed that used to pay Gunna to write his raps when he first started to dip his toe into music.
Footage of Lil Baby’s arrest has been on social media. He is seen in the video face down on the street as police handcuff him. Control The Streets Volume 2 is the follow-up to Control The Streets Volume 1 which came out back in 2017. Listen to Baby” below.
Rapper Lil Baby backstage at Meek Mill & Future in Concert at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 22 2019. Below are the top 10 best songs by hip hop artist Lil Baby.
While easy to pass it off as such, Lil Baby’s position as a power player in southern rap right now is no coincidence. Yes, the story of a rapper blowing up just a year after he first picked up the trade has its fair share of red flags. But, a deeper look at Lil Baby’s ascension paints this as nothing but fate.
The prolific Atlanta star has only been rapping a year and has already made his name as one of the city’s best storytellers. Drake’s a fan—it’s only a matter of time before everyone else is too.
There are things he doesn’t speak on, even when he does. And certain themes get circled to back and again: There’s the expectant stuff like loyalty and grinding, his grounded observations of legacy and opportunity and the fragility of this winning moment. But the most surprising thing may be his constant return to a hand of fate, of God, being behind his good fortunes. He says he went to church every Sunday until the music industry took him out of it. He was into church—not the Bible, he says, though his mother reveals he would inexplicably quote scripture as a young boy. The idea that he’s a God-fearing, church-going human, despite his musical subject matter and life choices, isn’t new. Like so much about him, there’s nothing new when you try to break it down by pieces, which is the problem. People are not pieces; they’re wholes. And why the whole holiness that is Dominique Armani Jones is street rap’s ascendant chosen one at this time? Well, he may have the best answer available.
It’s difficult to say what makes Lil Baby work. People will have reasons, but nothing that gives a full picture. P says it’s about authenticity; Rashad thinks that it’s the relatability of his journey. As for writers, we’ll pull something out of our asses to try to earn our keep. We’ll say that there’s something about his gaze, the way he speaks solely from the first-person; that he’s the most I-centered rapper in a minute and how his rap flows—melodic but unsure, confident yet searching—speak to a greater feeling of a generation that is being told that there may not be a future for the planet but are determined to enjoy life on their terms regardless.
Production credits on the audio project are lined with names like Southside, Tay Keith, Wheezy, Quay Global, Turbo, Earl The Pearll and more. The song was released on May 18, 2018.
While the claim that Lil Baby restores the classic trap feeling might seem bold at first—after all, his name is Lil Baby, while Young Jeezy raps like he was born with a kilo of cocaine in both hands—it makes more sense when you consider what those guys represent. Trap music may literally be about selling drugs or whatever, but it’s really about motivation. It’s about being a hero to the hood. Nearly everyone I talked to about it described Lil Baby’s music to me as no cap rap” or reality rap,” and at first it seemed like a familiar claim. Every artist wants to claim they’re real. But Lil Baby is more concerned that you understand the reality of what he represents. What’s real about Lil Baby, beyond what he literally says in any song, is the inspiration that comes with it.
Music video by Lil Baby performing Close Friends. © 2019 Quality Control Music, LLC, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc. Lil Baby admitted that he only began rapping last year but it’s clear that this is a path he was destined to be on.
Every video Lil Baby doin’, we in the hood,” G-Five told me when I asked how this spectacle compared to Baby’s own video shoots. No security, though,” he added. We don’t need no security.” After the photo op, we’d watched quietly together as the shoot proceeded, with money being thrown in the air. While Lil Baby’s life smoothly fit the contours of all this cliché rapper stuff, it also was clearly not of a part with it.
Lil Baby worked constantly on new music, releasing singles like My Dawg” and the Young Thug collaboration Pink Slip” in the summer of 2017. Other 2017 releases included Harder Than Hard, 2 the Hard Way (with Marlo), and Too Hard.
Boss Bitch” Music Video seems to recruit some women from Magic City. The artists are surrounded by women living an ever-lavish lifestyle, flaunting their jewelry, luxurious cars and throwing cash all over the place.
We may provide touchstone sentiments but we don’t always give identifying details. Everyone’s an open book and a protected account at the same time. Real recognize real, and there may be nothing realer than securing your secrets while showing your heart, which is what Lil Baby’s music does again and again—it finds this sweet spot between motivation and aspiration, between telling the story of what happened and the truth of what happened. It taps into the way the music industry and the drug game fold in on themselves—washing, rinsing, planting seeds. The way some names are mentioned and others are not. The way Quality Control finds artists—not by algorithm or views or followers, but by knowing: This kid right here has what it takes.
There are so many unspoken ways in which Baby doesn’t move like most rappers. But that’s something we’ll have to get to later because now, about five minutes into the interview, he’s fallen asleep. One of the things he had been emphasizing was that he doesn’t put too much fiction” into the things he raps about, the understood message being that there was a hard-earned veracity to the music he’s been making for the past few years, which is the only music he’s ever made in his life. And then he trailed off into air and his eyes closed.
The ATL rapper reaches out to Hoodrich Pablo Juan on one of the final songs from the album, Harder Than Ever. Atlanta rapper affiliated with Young Thug who began releasing mixtapes in 2017, then became immensely popular the following year.
Lil Baby he’s not no internet rapper,” Pee said. He didn’t catch no song that just jumped on Soundcloud. He actually out here and was in these streets building it step by step.” Lil Baby confirmed this. I don’t really know the logistics of a Soundcloud rapper,” he told me.
Baby been staying busy this weekend as he also released the single Tootsie” with Gucci Mane and headlined the Breakaway Music Festival in Tennessee with Future on Friday.
Rapper Lil Baby grew up in Atlanta hanging with friends like Young Thug, Coach K, and Pee. In 2015, at age 19, Lil Baby went to prison for two years for a probation violation. Upon his release in 2017, he jump-started his rap career with a mixtape called Perfect Timing, released in April of that year.
Quality Control presents PREACHERMAN, an original documentary starring Lil Baby. It is directed by Mandon Lovett and executive-produced by Pierre Pee” Thomas and Kevin Coach K” Lee.