Hip-Hop is involved in a culture war that is based on age and sexuality and its playing outright before our eyes with DaBaby and Questlove.
DaBaby told the 50-year-old Hip-Hop vet, “I don’t care about losing you as a fan.”
On Thursday night, Questlove commented on the “ROCKSTAR” artist’s use of homophobic jargon during his Rolling Loud (Miami) performance. The Philly producer captioned on his Instagram, “I was hypothetically asked if I was curating an updated version of #SummerOfSoul who would be my acts? I gave my dream list. And now I’m updating my list—because it’s 2021 and fuck the bullshit. I’m especially not here for any savagery (if you’re lost: Google the idiocy of the crossed out).”
Ahmir Thompson, the given name of the Roots co-founder, posted a list that included the following names: The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, The Isley Brothers, Rihanna, Sade, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Sault.
As if using a colored pencil or crayon, DaBaby’s name is scratched out DaBaby’s name is scratched out.
He continued, “I’m not trine be all performative smurf & create a social flogging or start some click bait headlines. That’s missing the point. But right is right & his actions are wrong. Somebody Gotta say it: Homophobia/Transphobia/Xenophobia/Misogyny/Racism——this should go w/o saying is morally wrong.”
Further establishing that this is not about looking down on anyone, he continued, “ & not that fake hiding behind religion holier than thou morally wrong.”
“But ‘that was fucked up’ & wrong. I had to say something. Again I’m not doing this for ‘what do you want a cookie bro w your ‘love ye one another’ posts?——-black people already have a code about publicly criticizing so I’ll admit i was slow to do this because I mean he don’t know me from Adam. So this will prolly get marked as ‘old hater’ territory. But man…..that shit was not cool at all.”
The man that most recently deejayed the Oscars wrapped up his thoughts, “I dunno man—-maybe I’m turning into a grump: barely said anything about Rih in ‘06 (lemme mind my business), looked the other way w ol bol & that MaGa Hat (he going thru thangs let him work it out)——don’t even get me started on half of my rap heroes damn near becoming f*x news talking points w their russian bot reposts & misinformation on all things facts.”
“Huey Newton wisely stated in the early 70s that we as a people should NEVER go so low in life (with what we been through) that we start oppressing/terrorizing the next man in the way we been terrorized for centuries. Y’all got my point. Sorry this came off awkward but y’all get the point. Y’all gonna learn that there are other human beings living in the space you are.”
DaBaby responded to Questlove on his Instagram Live.
“”I ain’t even tryna be funny when I say… I do not know who dis n***a is dawg.”
“And I do not care bout losing you as a fan my boy lol @questlove. You or any other n***a who wanna play follow the leader. This superstar was a fan of is stand up n***a, yeen never seen one of these huh?”
In another page he wrote, “These niggas really think they gone influence people to stop fuckin w/ the INFLUENCE. They go crazy bout what I say not yall. I got da influence AND the nuts nigga. Y’all niggas cheerleaders.”
“Y’all extra ass niggas tagging along playing on my top like I’m a nigga you can bully or sumn. Going out y’all way creating art work & shit tryna gain new fans off my situation cuz it’s QUIET for y’all niggas. Niggas better hit the studio or sumn.”
The North Carolina rapper talked super heavy to the multi-GRAMMY winner, not realizing that he was crapping his diapers when Questlove was touring Europe with his first album Organix and barely forming words when the critically-acclaimed Do You Want More?!!!??! became an instant classic.
Perhaps, taking a break and listening to this old head might help DaBaby achieve the almost 30-year career, almost $20 million estate and genuine respect that Questlove has.
DaBaby is worth only $3 million (dropping an average of 2 albums a year).