DaBaby hit the stage for the first time since stirring up controversy for homophobic remarks at a music festival last month and offered a mea culpa, telling the crowd he “never, ever meant to offend anybody.”
The rapper over the weekend appeared at Hot97’s Summer Jam 2021 at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. The event was one of only a couple that did not drop the rapper from their lineups after his July 25 comments at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami, where he asked fans to shine their cellphone flashlights if they “didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks.” He went on to make crude remarks about women and men.
When he later addressed his remarks, the rapper doubled down on his offensive comments, stating his gay fans “don’t have HIV/AIDS” because they’re not “nasty” or “junkies.”
After facing mounting criticism, DaBaby posted apologies first on Twitter and later on Instagram, the latter of which was later deleted.
At Summer Jam, DaBaby opened his set with a video montage that also featured his voice-over, according to Vibe.
In video posted on social media and according to various reports, the rapper thanked New York radio station Hot97, which he said “allowed me to share my gift, share my blessing with y’all out here live on this stage amongst all the chaos and all the backlash. So hats off to y’all for that. … They accepted my sincerity and all my apologies when I said I never, ever meant to offend anybody or say anything to make anybody feel any type of way live on that stage a few weeks ago.”
He continued: “And Hot 97 was also willing to stick they neck out on the line, willing to go against all odds with everything going on out here in the world — they still allowed me to come right here on this stage and utilize their platform. They helped the world move forward and become a better place and not dismiss people off mistakes made like we ain’t human.”
According to Complex, after the video ended, DaBaby launched into “Cry Baby,” his hit with Megan Thee Stallion, and addressed the crowd live.
“Check this out,” he reportedly said. “Other than the people that, you know, was truly offended, I feel like the rest of y’all motherf–kers being cry babies.”
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to DaBaby’s rep for additional comment.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.