Rapper DaBaby dove headfirst into music, making a sharp turn from petty crime and legal issues to pursuing rap full-time with no previous experience. Beginning in 2015 under the name Baby Jesus but soon altering that to DaBaby, the Charlotte, North Carolina rapper 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. DaBaby was born Jonathan Kirk in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. By age six, he'd relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina 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 offering Billion Dollar Baby, Baby Talk, Baby Talk 2, 3, and 4, as well as Back on My Baby Jesus Sh!t. 2018 continued in a similarly prolific fashion with Baby Talk 5 and Blank Blank. In November of 2018, while shopping with his family at a Walmart in Huntersville, North Carolina, Kirk was approached by several men. An altercation broke out and gunfire ensued, resulting in the death of 19-year-old Jalyn Domonique Craig. Kirk, while involved in the dispute, did not admit to firing the fatal shots and was not charged with any crime connected to the incident. DaBaby's regional acclaim and endless hustle broke through to a major-label deal in 2019 when he signed on with Interscope. The label quickly released 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 that year, releasing introspective single "INTRO." A deeply personal track that dealt with the death of his father, "INTRO" became the first single for his sophomore album, KIRK. Featuring major-label contributions from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper and Migos, the album was released later that month. ~ Fred Thomas
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 1, 2019 | South Coast Music Group - Interscope Records
North Carolina rapper DaBaby jumped into rapping with no prior experience and never looked back. Deciding on a whim to take up music in late 2014, his first mixtape surfaced a month later and the next several years saw him building a vast catalog with his immediate and fun flows and lighthearted energy. His talents took shape as his regional fame grew, with frequently delivered new mixtapes and singles offering a space for DaBaby to try new approaches. Baby on Baby is his first studio album following signing a deal with Interscope, and the 13 lean songs present the best examples of DaBaby's progress. A likeable and energetic persona narrates the songs, moving through flexing lyrics and catchy hooks, getting to the point immediately with songs that rarely stick around for more than three minutes. This economical approach makes the album clip along at an amped-up pace, with tracks blurring into each other. Feel-good bounces like "Suge" and "Walker, Texas Ranger" are light and infectious, but when DaBaby shoots off nonstop flows on "Baby Sitter" he begins showcasing his technical abilities as well. He keeps this energy up over the next several tracks, trading verses with worthy peers like Offset and Rich the Kid, as well as going back and forth with Stunna4Vegas on the especially charged "Joggers." Dropping lyrics like "I'm like the Tupac of the new shit" is bold, but DaBaby's charm lies in how he's not even taking his irreverent cockiness too seriously, much less asking his audience to bow down to his greatness. Springy, uncluttered, and unable to contain its own grinning excitement, Baby on Baby zooms by in a captivating rush. With dozens of songs leading up to it, the album feels less like a breakout debut and more like a neatly manicured specimen of DaBaby's prime attributes. Trimming away any unnecessary elements makes for the clearest view of the overflowing personality and hungry rhyme skills that make DaBaby stand out. ~ Fred Thomas
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