DaBaby’s performance on July 25 at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami was most notable not for the rapper’s musicianship but for a bizarre, homophobic and sexist rant that has led many, including his “Levitating” collaborator Dua Lipa and superstar Elton John, to strongly condemn his words publicly. His rant was as follows: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up. Ladies, if your pu**y smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
To make matters worse, DaBaby originally doubled down on his remarks in a now-deleted Instagram Story which said in part that his fans don’t have HIV/AIDS because they’re not “nasty gay n****s” or “junkies,” according to TMZ. However, two days and a lot of blowback later, DaBaby finally offered a half-hearted apology in a Tweet Tuesday, saying in part, “Anyone who done ever been affected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset…” before going off subject about police brutality, possibly in an attempt to divert attention from himself.
Regardless, it does not seem that his apology completely won over fans as many took to Twitter to urge Dua Lipa to replace DaBaby’s feature on the remix of her third single from the Grammy-winning album, “Future Nostalgia.” Lipa responded to the Rolling Loud rant directly in her Instagram Stories saying she was “surprised and horrified” and does not “recognize the person I worked with.”