DaBaby is a hot talking point for all the wrong reasons, after he made inflammatory comments during his July 25 set at Rolling Loud in Miami.
The 25-year-old rapper later issued a formal apology to “the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments” and his “misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS,” though the statement was later deleted from his social accounts.
The response has been swift, with the hip-hop star dropped from a spate of music festival lineups including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Day N Vegas, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Music Midtown Festival and a concert organized by Working Families Party.
And DaBaby’s ill-advised comments have been criticized by a string of artists including Elton John, Madonna and Dua Lipa, who worked with the hip-hop star on “Levitating.”
50 Cent doesn’t believe the damage done to DaBaby’s career will be long-term.
In an interview with E!’s Nightly Pop, the “In Da Club” star brushed off the controversy and put it down to baby steps.
When asked by co-hosts Morgan Stewart McGraw, Nina Parker and Hunter March whether he’ll bounce back, Fiddy said, “Yeah, he will. As long as he keeps his consistency with the music. Remember they canceled Chris Brown, five, six times?”
At the top, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) vouched for DaBaby as “a really talented, special artist” who made a blunder.
“He just transitioned from being in that pool that everyone’s in, as a rap artist. They didn’t notify him that he’s turning into a superstar. There’s nobody that tells you, ‘now you’re being held to these standards that are mainstream standards that you can’t say things, you can’t do these different things.’
“He’s just two years into his career, there’s no artist development, no A&R,” he added, “and he’s definitely had no media training.”
Watch the interview below.