DaBaby‘s not taking criticism sitting down. The “Rockstar” rapper, who has been called out for the homophobic remarks he made during his Rolling Loud set on July 25, responded via Instagram Stories late Thursday (July 29) to Questlove’s condemnation of his words.
“I ain’t even tryna be funny when i say …. i do NOT KNOW WHO DIS N—- IS DAWG,” he wrote while sharing an image of The Roots co-founder’s message from the day before, which criticized the rapper’s “wrong” actions. “& do not care bout loosing you as a fan my boy lol @questlove. You or any other n—- who wanna play follow the leader . This superstar you was a fan of is STAND UP n—- , Yeen never seen one of these huh?”
“These n—-s really think they gone influence people to stop f—in w/ the INFLUENCE,” he continued. “I got da influence AND the nuts n—-.”
In a third Story, he clapped back at those who have spoken up against him. “Y’all extra a– n—-s tagging along playing on my top like I’m a n—- you can bully or sumn,” he wrote, adding laughing-crying emojis. “goin out y’all way creating art work & s— tryna gain fans off my situation cuz it’s QUIET for y’all. N—-s better hit the studio or sumn.”
In addition to the five-time Grammy winner, Madonna, Elton John, Dua Lipa and Demi Lovato have spoken out against DaBaby for his controversial comments, which have drawn condemnation on social media. During his Rolling Loud set — which was livestreamed — he shouted out the crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up. … Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d— in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
After DaBaby shared his response to Questlove, Twitter quickly took him to task for saying he doesn’t know who The Roots frontman is. In addition to Questlove’s well-respected history and achievements in hip-hop, DaBaby has previously performed alongside the producer when the “Red Light Green Light” rapper appeared on The Tonight Show in September 2019, where The Roots have a permanent gig as the house band. He appeared on the late-night show again in December that year for a set alongside Camila Cabello on her track “My Oh My.”
See how Twitter responded to his clapback at Questlove:
being black in the music industry and saying u don’t know who questlove is is so embarrassing https://t.co/fB5ZGFiooq
— symone (@222symone) July 30, 2021
Saying you don’t know who Questlove is should strip you of hip hop credibility 😂 https://t.co/K9rdmw5LSC
— Shade Wilson (@Boobiewatchr) July 30, 2021
DaDumbass not knowing who Questlove is checks out considering he can’t pick a beat that doesn’t sound like a boss level pirate video game soundtrack to save his life pic.twitter.com/RZX2ivPFJl
— kyle (@blkboybulletin) July 30, 2021
Being a ✌🏾rapper✌🏾 and saying with your whole chest that you don’t know who Questlove is….
isn’t the flex you think it is, my boy. pic.twitter.com/1OHlVazNad
— April (@ReignOfApril) July 30, 2021
Questlove is a hip hop legend.
The Roots are a blueprint.
DaBaby is here for the moment.
There's a huge difference.#DaBaby #Questlove pic.twitter.com/fDgvLOIjKn
— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) July 30, 2021
Proudly vocalizing that you don’t know who QuestLove is???? Especially while participating in hiphop aka a culture that QuestLove (with The Roots) *helped* define???? Pack him up & get that horse mouth Lincoln Navigator shaped head bozo out of here! pic.twitter.com/S6HqykWBhY
— Bella Goth (@HoodSocialism) July 30, 2021
#DaBaby epitomizes everything said about today's artist🤦🏿♂️ He doesn't know who #Questlove is🤦🏿♂️ The lack of knowledge & understanding of music by this generation, in general, is appalling😕 #fridaymorning pic.twitter.com/dZs92Kdr2H
— Own Your Masters 👑 (@ThaArchitect) July 30, 2021
While DaBaby has certainly received plenty of criticism for his comments at Rolling Loud, he has garnered some support as well. T.I. was one of the first to speak up, saying there “ain’t nothing wrong” with DaBaby for speaking his truth, later adding that he feels people are “bullying” the rapper. Boosie Badazz also stands with DaBaby, saying that there’s a double standard in how the “Ball If I Want To” artist gets treated compared to Lil Nas X.