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DaBaby's new music video includes offensive Aids lyric and a rainbow-coloured non-apology

The 29-year-old rapper's video for 'Giving What It's Supposed To Give' comes as he's dropped by BoohooMAN over his comments about HIV and gay men.

2021-07-29

Words: Alastair James; pictures: YouTube

DaBaby has issued another non-apology for offensive homophobic comments made at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami on Sunday (25 July)

In the video for his latest song ‘Giving What It’s Supposed To Give’, the 29-year-old rapper holds up a sign saying ‘Aids’ and features a message at the end in rainbow colours.

Since making his comments on Sunday, DaBaby has been criticised by many including recent collaborator Dua Lipa, Elton John, and he’s also been dropped by BoohooMan.

“Don’t fight hate with hate”

In the video released on Wednesday (28 July) DaBaby is seen holding up a sign that says ‘Aids’, while rapping the lyrics: B****, we like AIDS, I'm on your ass, we on your ass, b****, we won't go 'way.”

Possibly alluding to this week's controversy, the video ends with a rainbow-coloured written message reading: “Don’t fight hate with hate”, which is followed by: “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you”.

It’s the second pseudo-apology from the rapper, who followed up the video with several Instagram posts. One indicates that the video was filmed before the Rolling Loud festival, while in another post in which DaBaby addresses the backlash against him, he claims people have misunderstood his “logic”.

 
 
 
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In the post in question, he complains of filming a video for 16 hours before jumping on a plane to the Miami festival with only two hours rest and then giving “one of the BEST performances of the entire festival” which he says has been the “most controversial” performance.

He goes on to say that he’d tried apologising, before accusing those criticising him of jumping on a “trending topic”.

The rapper then seemingly makes reference to the scene with the Aids sign by talking about the video touching on “EVERY controversial topic trending in the headlines”, adding, “so you then go against the grain in the opposite direction of every scared person around you & stay true to yourself & DROP DAT B**** in the height of the commotion & show the world once again that you CANT BE F***** WIT?”

The admission that DaBaby shot the video prior to his comments at the Festival drew the ire of people online, with one person tweeting “I know DaBaby didn’t stir up all this controversy just to promote a new song”

It’s also led to calls for the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago to drop DaBaby, with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Denali chiming in.

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