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North Carolina rapper DaBaby dove headfirst into music, choosing to pursue rap full-time
with no previous experience and quickly rising from underground mixtape maven to multiplatinum
global superstar. Beginning in 2015 under the name Baby Jesus but soon
altering that to DaBaby, he ambushed the music industry with constant mixtape releases,
making waves with tracks like 2016's "Light Show" as well as performances at South by
Southwest in 2015 and 2017. His style grew progressively harder and more aggressive as
his discography expanded, with melodic and lighthearted flows becoming more confident
and fluid by 2018's Blank Blank mixtape. Building upon the buzz of his early work, he
topped the Billboard 200 with 2019's KIRK and 2020's Blame It on Baby, which featured
the chart-topping single "Rockstar" with Roddy Ricch.

DaBaby was born Jonathan Kirk in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1991. By age six, he'd relocated
to Charlotte, and spent his adolescence engaged in street life. In December 2014, Kirk
made a quick decision to become a rapper, taking the name Baby Jesus and issuing his
NonFiction mixtape a month later. Never having been on a stage before, he headed to
South by Southwest in the spring of 2015 and began making a name for himself with his
visceral live performances. Kirk changed his name to DaBaby, going so far as to explain
the "political reasons" for this decision in the lyrics to "DaBaby (Intro)," a short
introduction to 2016's God's Work Resurrected, his first mixtape under the new moniker.
This release featured a cameo from Boosie Badazz and began to attract the attention of
fans and peers alike.

Multiple mixtapes followed in the coming months, with 2017 offerings Billion Dollar
Baby, Baby Talk, Baby Talk 2, 3, and 4, and Back on My Baby Jesus Sh!t. 2018
continued in a similarly prolific fashion with Baby Talk 5 and Blank Blank.
DaBaby's regional acclaim and endless hustle led to a major-label deal in 2019 when he
signed on with Interscope. The label quickly released the Billboard 200 Top Ten hit Baby
on Baby in March of that year, a sharply produced full-length that was preceded by
increasingly surreal videos for singles "Suge" and "Walker, Texas Ranger." After a string of
features, DaBaby returned to solo work in September of that year, releasing the
introspective single "Intro." A deeply personal track that dealt with the death of his father,
"Intro" became the first single from his sophomore album KIRK. Featuring major-label
contributions from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, and Migos, the set was
released later that month and entered the Billboard 200 at number one. DaBaby received
two Grammy nominations for "Suge," Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. In April
2020, he returned with his third studio album, Blame It on Baby, which featured
appearances by Future, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Ashanti, Megan Thee Stallion, and
others. Included on the album was the chart-topping Billboard Hot 100 single "Rockstar"
with Roddy Ricch.

In November of 2020, DaBaby released EP My Brother's Keeper
(Long Live G). The EP was released just weeks after the rapper's older brother Glen
committed suicide, and most of the lyrical content dealt with the grief and heavy
emotions surrounding that loss. A non-album track, "Masterpiece," arrived in January
2021. In July of 2021, while performing at the Rolling Loud Festival, DaBaby made
several homophobic remarks that resulted in both backlash from fans and his removal
from multiple festival lineups. He eventually issued an apology for his remarks, but quickly
deleted the social media post he used to make the apology, further complicating the
situation.

In November of 2021, DaBaby announced his Live Show Killa tour at the same
time he surprise-released the new EP Back on My Baby Jesus Sh!t Again. The six-song
mixtape was an unofficial sequel to his 2017 project Back on My Baby Jesus Sh!t, and
featured cameo appearances from Kodak Black and 21 Savage.

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