DaBaby touches on his highs and lows from the year so far

Katie Mather
In The Know

Rapper DaBaby catapulted into mainstream superstardom in 2019 following the release of his first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, “KIRK,” and his top 10 single, “Suge.”

A year later, DaBaby has been hard at work to keep the success. He landed another Billboard 200 LP for “BLAME IT ON BABY” and a first-time Hot 100 No. 1 single for “Rock Star.”

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But since the start of the pandemic, DaBaby has been vocal about the negative impact it’s had on his career and income — even previously voicing that he could lose up to $7 million. In a new interview with Billboard, the Charlotte rapper said he thinks the highest-selling artists will be the last to return to “the regular flow.”

It’s not all about financial loss, however, DaBaby also explained how tough it’s been to not connect with fans at concerts and in-person.

“With as big of a year I had last year, I had moved into the arenas … I was in arenas only, in festivals only, that’s it,” he told Billboard. “Even coming in, like when coronavirus first hit … I already had it made up in my mind that I wasn’t even gonna be performing until 2021.”

DaBaby also discussed his guest appearance on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” which was made possible by producer 50 Cent, who DaBaby has always admired.

“[50 is] one of the people that I grew up watching. That’s somebody I actually studied,” he said. “[50 is] versatile, not only as an artist, just as an individual, period — being business-minded, acting … being versatile. I soak that up from him.”

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