DaBaby has dropped a video for the song “Giving What it’s Supposed to Give” that addresses the recent backlash to homophobic comments he made at Rolling Loud Miami.
In the music video, which DaBaby directed, he attends the funeral of a dead police officer, appears in court, and goes to jail. The rapper also holds up a sign displaying the word “AIDS” midway through the video, which ends with a statement displayed in rainbow-colored lettering: “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”
At one point in the song, DaBaby raps, “N***a ask if I got a pass, I tell ’em ‘No way’ / Bitch, we like AIDs, I’m on your ass, we on your ass, bitch, we won’t go away.”
The North Carolina rapper set off the controversy during his Rolling Loud Miami set on Sunday, making comments onstage which many fans decried as offensive and homophobic. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up,” he said during the performance.
DaBaby this is weird to say?? Wth. pic.twitter.com/MDBQEZ2NsA
— ➰ᴺᴹ (@KingSeanSwae) July 26, 2021
The rapper initially defended himself in a series of Instagram Story videos, though he did issue an apology to those affected by AIDS/HIV in subsequent tweets.
“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies,” he tweeted. “But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. Y’all business is y’all business.”
Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies 🙏🏾
But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 27, 2021
Several celebrities have since criticised the rapper’s statements. DaBaby’s “Levitating” remix collaborator Dua Lipa took to Instagram to state that she was “surprised and horrified at [his] comments.” Sir Elton John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, responded to DaBaby’s comments with a Twitter thread that shared factual information on HIV and AIDS.
“HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry. We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it,” one tweet from the thread read.
(1/5) We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.
The facts are: pic.twitter.com/MqCv3vWiz2
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 28, 2021
Clothing company Boohoo, which had previously collaborated with the rapper on the BoohooMAN x DaBaby collection, also confirmed that they have ceased working with him. “BoohooMAN condemn the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby,” the company tweeted in statement.
boohooMAN condemn the use of homophobic language and confirm we will no longer be working with DaBaby.
Diversity and inclusion are part of the boohoo Groups DNA and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse customers we serve across the globe.
— boohooMAN (@boohooMAN) July 28, 2021
Watch the video for “Giving What it’s Supposed to Give” here: