Lil Baby is Atlanta’s rookie of the year,” says The FADER. That’s when the trooper gave the rapper verbal commands – get out of the car and lay on the ground, and cops say Lil Baby complied. The spokesperson said the rapper – gov’t name Dominique Jones – was taken into custody without incident. Cops say a crowd did gather – which is how the video was taken of the incident – but said they were peaceful.
Coming up in Atlanta, Lil Baby spent his adolescence in the same neighbourhood as fellow trap star Young Thug – before the rapper wrote his first lines he was hanging out in the studio with Migos and the Quality Control crew, absorbing the creativity and determination that would later propel him to international fame. His first mixtape ‘Perfect Timing’ was released in April 2017, featuring contributions from Young Thug, Lil Yachty and Young Scooter.
In addition to an original score composed by Blood Orange, Queen & Slim will feature a 17-song soundtrack with new tracks by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Vince Staples featuring 6lack X Mereba, Tiana Major 9 & EARTHGANG, and Coast Contra featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Syd, plus already released songs from the likes of Roy Ayers, Bilal, and Mike Jones.
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.
Watch the official music video for “Southside” by Lil Baby. On the Wheezy produced track, the two Baby” artists trade bars about their upbringing, accomplishments and relationships with women.
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 idea of Lil Baby as a rapper is central to his narrative at this point. Not just because it’s brought him international fame and growing riches, but because it’s something that is relatively new for him. He always saw himself with and around money and around rappers—but more of their circles, and not in them. It made sense. He’d seen his childhood friend Young Thug become one of the most eccentric and enigmatic figures on the trap music scene. He knew Gucci Mane through Pierre P” Thomas, a member of his street crew who also happens to be the co-founder of Quality Control Music, which has become a powerhouse record label in the urban space.
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.
In their new video for collaborative track Baby, Lil Baby and DaBaby revel in their trap past. On this song, Lil Baby discusses becoming Close Friends” with a woman before dating her.
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.
The cosign of an artist of Young Thug’s caliber is enough to catalyze some talents. But, when taking Thug’s full-blown friendship and mentorship into account, the results could be insane. Such is the case for Lil Baby. This isn’t to say that Young Thug’s responsible for Baby’s success, but the newcomer has been influenced by Thugga, as the So Much Fun rapper helped him get his foot in the door—a piece of succor that anyone can appreciate.
Illmatic remains one of music’s most vivid and poetic albums, hosting quintessential East Coast rap melodies from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Faith N., and L.E.S. The sole feature goes to fellow The Firm member AZ.
Hip-hop is in the midst of a new era for artists and fans. Never since the days of Master P and No Limit have we seen an array of artists able to release projects with relative ease and quickness, able to reach out to a fan base directly. These tactics made Master P an underappreciated genius, and the culture is experiencing the same type of quiet revolution right now.
His breakout song, My Dawg,” which arrived last summer on the mixtape Harder Than Hard, is a lilting anthem with an indelible hook. His biggest hit, Freestyle,” from last fall’s Too Hard, is a hookless two and a half minutes of slightly melody-inflected rapping. Another Too Hard single getting radio play right now is Suddenly,” a bruising but fun back-and-forth with Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo that features no melody at all. Each independently feels like a logical progression of the Atlanta trap sound as it evolves in the wake of the success of the generation that birthed stars like Young Thug, and Migos. Lil Baby has songs with those guys , naturally, since they’re his friends. He also has a song with Gucci Mane. This week, he put out a song with Drake It’s called Yes Indeed.” It’s good.
SAINt JHN’s amalgamation of primal energy and eager mosh pits at Rolling Loud are unmatched. A hazy sunset would’ve been a fitting pairing for his rage session, but his early set at New York’s Citi Field Saturday (Oct. 12) gets the job done. While a few curious eyes from VIP are studying the vibes, the trenches are full of fans screaming lyrics to 5,000 Singles,” “94 Bentley” and Trap” (feat. Lill Baby)—all standouts from his sophomore project, Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs.
Rapper Lil Baby is as authentic as they come. At just 23 years old, he is unapologetically himself, speaking his truth in his lyrics and showing the music industry that success looks different for different people.
He sells everything,” Lil Baby explained, adding that he used to invest in the man’s sales schemes from time to time. For the Super Bowl, which is set to take place in Atlanta next year, he’ll be selling bootleg T-shirts for $50 a pop. Also, he sells turtles,” Baby added. By this point, I’d watched Lil Baby tear off through downtown Atlanta running every red light; I’d seen him nonchalantly record video of his diamond-encrusted jewelry to show it off to his Instagram followers; I’d listened to him roast my entire profession for hours on end. But for the first time, I got the sense he was trying to impress me, as he got caught up in the excitement of this business proposition. The turtles are $20 normally, but for the Super Bowl, Baby explained, they would cost $40. In other words, if you find yourself in the West End of Atlanta in need of a turtle, buy now because the price is going up. He gazed up the street in admiration at the turtle guy, then we turned to head back toward the Corvette.
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.
Many of the homes here are boarded up. Others you can’t tell if they’re abandoned or just temporarily unoccupied. It’s not hard to look at this neighborhood and feel a tinge of sadness. Even for a city that’s produced as many stars as Atlanta, the biggest name to come out of here before Lil Baby is YC of Racks on Racks” fame. But Lil Baby is home. At an auto works yard, he and members of 4PF mill around, getting on dirt bikes and four-wheelers that they race up and down the street, popping wheelies or attempting to.
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.
Oh baby! Quality Control, the label that brought you Migos and City Girls , have shared a new track which brings together at last rising rappers Lil Baby and DaBaby for a song called Baby.” It’s a quaint record that delivers on its promise of showcasing all the two Babys have to offer us.
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.
Those artists come from the places I come from,” he said of the ban. In instances like this, you have to separate the art from the incident. Clearly these artists come from different pasts—they talk about it in their music. But the point of the music is to transition out of that.” Many of the artists like Cassanova and Don Q spoke out against the NYPD’s influence in the festival.
Lil Baby ‘s journey to the upper echelons of rap began in Atlanta, and with financial backing from a member of hip-hop’s elite. However, their relationship has soured due to Baby’s actions, and he is pleading to her to love him again. The song was released on October 5, 2018.
Watching this new wave of young artists making a fast impact shouldn’t piss off hip-hop heads. We should embrace it. Learning to not be a fist-shaking traditionalist has allowed me to enjoy songs I never would’ve thought I’d be into. Indeed, Gummo” does the trick when I’m in need of an adrenaline boost.
Baby too explicit for a write-up,” Lil Baby told me immediately, bouncing past and onto a new thought, engaging with his friends before circling back to continue his ribbing. His friends—who introduced themselves as Hotboy Nunk, Baby Gangsta, 4PFDT, Lil Tiger, and G-Five—piled onto this sentiment before personally writing their names in my notebook just in case the article did turn out to be worthwhile. Pictures, including the ones he posts on his own Instagram, often make Lil Baby out to be stolid, contemplating the middle distance with a flat expression on his face. He’s frequently in motion and constantly animated—good, with his broad smile and quick banter, at being the center of attention, and equally good, with a tighter smile, at keeping strangers at a remove.
Lil Baby only just entered the rap scene in the last year or so. While his first few songs surely made noise in the rap community, his debut album this past May solidified him as an artist to watch.
The statement says that when the trooper caught up, Jones initially tried to flee but became stuck in traffic. The rapper was arrested without incident.
Dominique Armani Jones—known professionally as the artist Lil Baby—has gracefully drifted to sleep so quickly and so hard that it’s almost as if he’s passed out or got hit with a hidden, yet kind, tranquilizer dart. It’s about 4 a.m. in one of the multiple studio control rooms at the Atlanta headquarters of his record label, Quality Control Music. Lil Baby had been discussing his recording process, slightly noting that he doesn’t use a pen and paper and rarely uses a screen or touch pad keyboard.
In the 90s, Lil’ Kim was an early adopter of the ‘Lil’ trend – Lil’ Bow Wow , Lil’ Romeo , Lil Jon and of course Lil Wayne” Bow Wow is in fact now just Bow Wow, having decided in 2002 there were too many Lil’s”, declaring the lil” thing over. I changed my name because I’m getting older now and these Lil’ rappers, I’m just kind of getting real irritated by it,” he said. Drop the Lil’. Forget it. I’m Bow Wow. Besides, I’m growing up, I’m not little any more. I just decided that two weeks ago. I really got irritable. It’s all these Lil’ cats, forget it.” Just imagine how vexed he would be in 2019, now that we have Lil Yachty , Lil Nas X , Lil Dicky , Lil Xan , Lil Uzi Vert and, well, everyone else.
Lil Baby and DaBaby previously appeared alongside each other on the latter’s Today ” remix. The new track appears on Quality Control’s upcoming label compilation Control The Streets Volume 2, which is expected to arrive on August 16. Both Baby” and another track, entitled Come On ,” featuring City Girls and Saweetie have been released in promotion of the new album.
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.
He’s collaborated on mixtapes and singles and studied under some of the hottest rappers in the game right now. Lil Baby has made all the right connections and earned the respect of those who came before him, enabling him to rise to the top.
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.
23-year-old Atlanta rapper Lil Baby created a sensation and in less than 3 years is now one of the hottest rappers in the game. Signed to Quality Control Music, his certified platinum album, “Harder Than Ever,” debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200, holding four spots concurrently on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lil Baby is raising the bar with refined story-telling and has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, XXL, Fader, Noisey, Complex, Billboard, Vibe, The Source and more. Lil Baby rose from hustling drugs and dice to changing his hustle up to music, while staying real to the streets he came from. With 9 billion plus streams to his name in only 2 years’ time, Lil Baby speaks directly and honestly with a unique delivery and banging beats. Lil Baby currently has 4 gold RIAA certified singles, one 2x-platinum certified single, two 3x-platinum certified singles, and one 5x-platinum certified single.
The sound is a deep, baritone rumble, and it is why you drive this car. It’s motivation,” Lil Baby told me. We were in the parking lot behind the Atlanta studio owned by Baby’s label, Quality Control , and we had to speak up over the comparable roar of his friend Ced’s Chevrolet SS, a car that the car website Jalopnik has described as a roided-the-fuck-up monster sedan.” The two of them were running the engine and examining a spot above the exhaust pipe on the car’s body, which appeared to have melted away from the heat below.
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.
Even prior to ever stepping in the booth, Baby’s environment, and network of friends and collaborators began to unknowingly groom the young star into the phenom that he is today. For the rapper, his melodic street poetry was the unofficial passing of the torch from an era particularly catalyzed by the talents of names like Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan.
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.