Music Reviews

Review: "Blame It on Baby" Proves DaBaby Is a One-Trick Pony

The rappers third outing rarely ventures into new territory

When DaBaby's debut project dropped in March of last year, the Charlotte rapper was one of the most talked-about talents in Hip-Hop.

Tough as a wrecking ball, his spit-fire lyricism decimated everything in sight with laser-focused precision. "Suge" was a particular standout. Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, spit callous phrases about violence and sex with the sincerity of a pastor. As a result, his fans are devoted, they memorize the emcees every word as if it's religious scripture. He also offered fans comedic relief. He appeared at 2017's SXSW wearing nothing but a diaper, and during a performance at 2019's Rolling Loud, he threw bags of fake weed into the audience just for kicks. His music videos were equally juvenile. In "Babysitter," DaBaby and Offset, under the guise of a late 90s family sitcom, loosely star as irresponsible children who try to have sex with their new babysitter.


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John Boyega Stands with Protesters: "I Need You to Understand How Painful This Sh*t Is"

The global reach of the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd's death uplift the fight for racial equality in all nations.

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Protests over the unlawful death of George Floyd haven't disrupted just American cities, as demonstrations all over the world have taken place this week.

In London's Hyde Park, Star Wars actor John Boyega gave an impassioned speech to the protesters. "I need you to understand how painful this sh*t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn't the case anymore, that was never the case anymore." He continued, "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence," he said, referencing the infamous 1993 murder of a Black UK teen. Lawrence was just 18-years-old when he was stabbed to death by a two white men who were known to spout racist, anti-Black, rhetoric.

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