DaBaby has tasted sweet success in recent years, but his popularity has been souring of late in the wake of shocking homophobic and anti-HIV comments he made on-stage at Rolling Loud Miami.
And while many have rolled their eyes at the defensive tone of his “apologies,” the MC has found support from none other than Nick Cannon.
As reported, the media-maestro stopped by The Breakfast Club this week and during his visit, he was quizzed on DaBaby’s predicament. Largely in light of how he managed to weather his own firestorm after making anti-Semitic comments last year.
Chopping it up with Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy, Cannon claimed that the situation with DaBaby is a teachable moment of “education” for the star. He went on, however, to slam cancel culture and express disapproval of “mob rule.”
His words below…
“First of all, I think not only in the Black community — and I’ve experienced it — but definitely just men a lot of times, we have that ego. We believe apologizing is weakness when it actually takes great strength to step up to anyone and say, ‘I was wrong. I know Baby. And that’s a strong brother…. That man just lost his pops, his brother, all the things that he… and still to have that big smile that he has every day, knowing everything….”
“He a fighter. We’ve seen his back against the wall. He’s swinging, he’s swinging just so he could get out of… We all have to accept emotion. To say ‘I’m sorry,’ that’s a self-proclamation. To apologize is an action. And to actually repent or atone is actually the next level because now you’re trying to understand, there’s education involved with that, there’s actually community involved with that. And that’s the other thing too, where I challenge all these people who actually want to cancel somebody, and even specifically in DaBaby’s situation, let’s use this as an opportunity for education. Because that’s what happened in my scenario.”
On the mass canceling of DaBaby:
“I don’t agree with it. Just because it’s like, ‘What statement is that making other than you’re just following?’ It’s group think. It’s a mentality, it’s mob rule. Mob rule has never worked in any society, to where it’s like, ‘Oh well they did it! So we gotta do it. Even when I watched my process, where people I rocked with was like, ‘Man, well, they did, so we gotta follow suit.’ … This is a moment where we should all gather around DaBaby and embrace him because if we can do that, watch how many mentalities will change in the hip-hop community.”
While it remains to be seen what DaBaby’s current outlook on the situation is, Mr. Cannon is, unfortunately, missing the crux of the issue – despite ironically highlighting it.
DaBaby was not dragged solely for his comments, he was dragged for doubling down on them. Over and over. Ultimately, was raked over the coals for puffing out what Nick rightly pointed to as his “ego.”
Furthermore, there has been constant talk of education. But not enough talk of the fact that only those who WANT to be educated can be educated. Thus far, very little of DaBaby’s actions after his on-stage antics have pointed to a desire to better his understanding of the groups he offended and the harmfulness of the toxic ideology he spouted.
As of writing, he’s scrubbed his apology from Instagram. Some have viewed the move as a negative jab at those he apologized to, while others have interpreted it as a possible indicator of more commentary to come.
So, it’ll be interesting to see what his next move is and whether it does a solid service of undoing the flames of fury he ignited and then fueled the more with his…ego.