DaBaby has claimed that he doesn’t know who Questlove is following the Roots drummer’s criticism of homophobic comments the rapper made onstage at Rolling Loud last month.
DaBaby has recently come under fire for making objectionable statements about HIV/AIDS, gay people, and women during his set at Rolling Loud Miami last month.
“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 was filmed saying onstage.
DaBaby this is weird to say?? Wth. pic.twitter.com/MDBQEZ2NsA
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Last week, Questlove took to Instagram to denounce DaBaby’s remarks. The drummer—who directed the acclaimed documentary Summer Of Soul, about a forgotten yet influential 1969 Harlem music festival—shared a “dream line-up” of artists he envisioned performing at a modern rendition of Summer Of Soul. On this list, DaBaby’s name appears crossed out.
“I’m not trine be all performative smurf and create a social flogging or start some click bait headlines. That’s missing the point,” Quest captioned his post. “But right is right, and his actions are wrong. Somebody gotta say it: Homophobia/Transphobia/Xenophobia/Misogyny/Racism – this should go without saying is morally wrong.”
According to XXL, DaBaby shot back at Questlove on Instagram Stories, claiming he didn’t know who the drummer was.
“I ain’t even tryna be funny when I say… I do not know who dis n***a is dawg,” he said. “And I do not care ’bout losing you as a fan my boy lol Questlove. You or any other n***a who wanna play follow the leader. This superstar was a fan of is stand up n***a, yeen never seen one of these huh?”
Eagle-eyed fans have since pointed out that DaBaby was backed by the Roots—and Questlove—for a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in October 2019.
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Other celebrities such as “Levitating” remix collaborator Dua Lipa and legendary songwriter Sir Elton John have also spoken out against DaBaby’s remarks. The rapper proceeded to address the backlash in the self-directed music video for “Giving What it’s Supposed to Give.” “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate. My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you,” the video’s closing statement read.
Just yesterday (Sunday, August 1), DaBaby was pulled from the line-up of Chicago festival Lollapalooza, where he was set to perform the closing set on its fourth and final night.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” the festival’s organisers wrote. “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” He was replaced by Young Thug and G Herbo.
Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. Young Thug will now perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage. pic.twitter.com/Mx4UiAi4FW
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2021
DaBaby was also dropped from the line-up of Manchester’s Parklife festival. However, in a statement to TMZ, representatives for the rapper claimed that his withdrawal from Parklife was due to COVID-19 concerns rather than blowback for his recent remarks.