DaBaby is shedding light on the financial repercussions he endured after his controversial remarks at the 2021 Rolling Loud festival. In a recent interview on the Club Shay Shay podcast, the Charlotte rapper candidly discussed the impact of the controversy on both his career and finances, emphasizing the significant personal growth that resulted from a period of self-reflection.
DaBaby Opens Up
DaBaby is speaking out about the financial consequences he faced following his controversial comments at the 2021 Rolling Loud festival.
In his interview on the Club Shay Shay podcast released on November 15, the “ROCKSTAR” rapper expressed the impact the controversy had on his career and finances. He acknowledged that the incident forced him to pause and reflect, ultimately leading to personal growth.
Lesson Learnt, No Regrets
DaBaby considers the period of self-reflection as valuable and claims to have no regrets about what he went through:
“In hindsight, that parked me and kept me from taking off running and utilizing my hustle to distract myself and keep my mind and my spirit and my body occupied. Who is to say where I would be mentally and spiritually had I not been forced to sit my a** down and self-reflect. Because I still didn’t sit down when the incident took place.”
DaBaby also called the situation a blessing in disguise:
“I don’t regret anything that I been through,” DaBaby said. It feel good to be able to say that and mean it. I really feel like that was a blessing in disguise at this point in my life. I needed that season,” he concluded.
However, users on X were not convinced he was convinced by DaBaby’s estimate of losing $200 million. One user named @Teetakesome commented “He capping bigger than that cap he got on,” and one other user named @NajeJH Who tf was giving him 200Ms bruh.”
The Rolling Loud Controversy
The controversy that led to DaBaby’s financial setback occurred during his set at Rolling Loud in July 2021. His comments, which were deemed homophobic, sparked widespread criticism and resulted in significant consequences for his career:
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, then put your cell phone lighter up,” he told the crowd. “Ladies, if your p**sy smell like water, put your cell phone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up,” he said on stage.
DaBaby Lost Endorsements
The “SHAKE SUMN” rapper lost endorsements, including a Burger King deal, and faced backlash from festival organizers. His shows experienced low ticket sales, and he was removed from several festival lineups, such as the Governors Ball and Lollapalooza.
Despite the challenges, DaBaby has been working on a comeback. He recently released the single “Ghetto Girls,” in August 2023, featuring social media comedians Desi Banks and Pretty Vee, hinting at a resurgence in his music career.
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