DaBaby addresses homophobia controversy in new music video

The rapper responds to backlash over comments he made at Rolling Loud in the “Giving What it’s Supposed to Give” MV.

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.”

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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.

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.

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“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.”

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.

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.

Watch the video for “Giving What it’s Supposed to Give” here:

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