2021 in Review: Da Backlash & Da Baby Mama Drama of DaBaby’s Wildest Year Yet

Published: Tuesday 28th Dec 2021 by Rashad

For the good, bad, ugly, or downright shocking, 2021 was full of memorable moments!

Now, as the year draws to a close, That Grape Juice is reflecting on the occasions that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop cultural landscape as we know it.

Next, we’re reviewing some of the jaw-dropping incidents that kept DaBaby sitting on top of headlines for the latter half of the year.

Despite the legal and personal woes scattered across his 2020 (see: death of brother, on-and-off-again relationship with singer DaniLeigh, multiple assault allegations, and more), DaBaby still managed to be one of Rap’s hardest workers.

Churning out multiple singles and music videos back to back as well as storming major award show stages, the rapper (born Jonathan Kirk) had quickly built a reputation for being one of music’s most consistent acts.  The nod seemed poised to continue well into summer 2021, until the now-30-year-old became embroiled in controversy for delivering what many deemed was a homophobic rant during Rolling Loud Miami festival.

DaBaby Under Fire For Shocking Homophobic, HIV Remarks at Rolling Loud

The fallout from the incident was seismic and incited swift denouncement from pronounced LGBTQ activists and allies, including fellow celebrities like Madonna, Dua Lipa, Elton John, and more.

Dua Lipa Blasts DaBaby as Backlash Over Homophobic Remarks Intensifies

Madonna Slams ‘Hateful’ DaBaby Amid Homophobic Backlash: “I Want To Pray…for Your Ignorance”

Elton John Blasts DaBaby’s Homophobic and HIV Remarks For Fueling ‘Discrimination & Stigma’

More notably, big brands and festivals that had once endorsed the embattled Hip Hop star began severing ties.

DaBaby DROPPED By boohooMAN Brand After Shocking Homophobic Remarks

DaBaby DROPPED From ANOTHER Festival as Day N Vegas Axes Rapper After Homophobic Remarks

DaBaby DROPPED From Governors Ball Festival Line-Up After Homophobic Remarks

Breaking: DaBaby DROPPED From Lollapalooza After Homophobic Remarks

DaBaby DROPPED From TWO More Festivals After Apology for Homophobic Remarks

The backlash was only exacerbated at its early stages once the rapper released statements suggesting he didn’t feel any remorse for the comments.

DaBaby On ‘Homophobic’ Backlash: ‘My Gay Fans Don’t Have AIDS Because They Aren’t Nasty’

He later backtracked and not only issued multiple apologies, but vowed to work with LGBTQ advocacy groups to educate himself.

DaBaby Issues New Apology For Homophobic Remarks After Getting Axed From Festivals

Redemption? DaBaby Meets With Nine HIV-Awareness Groups, “Apologizes” for “Hurtful & Inaccurate” Remarks

By early December (as the hoopla from the backlash had died down), the advocacy group issued a statement indicating DaBaby never donated any money or time to them.


Despite the damage to his brand, he pressed forward with the release of new music and by announcing a tour thanks to unwavering support from his diehard fans and even some fellow Hip Hop acts like Boosie, Lil Wayne, T.I., Nick Cannon, and more.

But, just as it seemed the drama had ended for the year, in came his baby mama – DaniLeigh.

DaBaby Drenched in More DRAMA with DaniLeigh after Allegedly EVICTING Singer Live on Instagram

DaniLeigh Faces Assault Charges After Heated Dispute With DaBaby


Here’s hoping 2022 is a little better for Jonathan.

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