Lately, Dababy has become more famous for his faulty decision-making than his industry work. Well, at least to some of us. Last year he made headlines after making homophobic and misogynistic comments on stage at Rolling Loud Miami. With the mic in hand, he said, "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 to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up." And yes, there's more. He continued, "Ladies, if your p--- smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d--- in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up."
Safe to say that not many people enjoyed his speech. However, he defended himself on his Instagram story, stating that his comments were nothing more than a "call to action." The rapper stated, "My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They ain't no nasty gay n-----s. See what I'm saying? They ain't no junkies in the street. The hell you talking about, n----s? ThenI said if you ain't sucking d--- in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up. You know what my gay dans did? Put that motherf---ing light up, n---a, 'cause my gay fans ain't going for that. They got class. They ain't sucking no d--- in no parking lot."
His words were also defended by the actor and rapper T.I..
T.I. defended his fellow artist while also sharing respect to openly gay artists in the industry such as Lil Nas X and Frank Ocean. In a five and half minute video he explained, "If you gonna have the Lil Nas X video and him living his truth, you gonna d---n sure have people like DaBaby who gonna speak their truth. Ain't nothing wrong with none of it, it ain't got to be no hate -- it's all honesty. Everybody living their truth."
Staying on the radar, DaBaby has continued to make music and make headlines for foul play. Recently, new security footage obtained by Rolling Stone had people questioning his plea for self-defense over a fatal shooting before he was signed. And, even more recently, the young rapper was charged with felony battery in the city of Los Angeles for an alleged attack during a video shoot.
New Video Starts New Debate
Eleven weeks prior to getting signed by a major record label, DaBaby was involved in a fatal shooting at a Charlotte-area Walmart in North Carolina. On November 5, 2018, he got into an altercation with a 19-year-old male, Jaylin Craig. Craig was a listener of DaBaby and spotted him in the isles of the store with his long-time friend Henry Douglas. However, when the "Levitating" rapper spotted their wandering eyes, he instantly became defensive, causing an altercation.
When talking to the police, the rapper claimed that one of the teens suggested they should fight. The footage revealed DaBaby blindsiding Douglas with a sucker punch to the face with Craig standing nearby. Douglas was left with a bruised eye socket and a gash in his head that required stitches. And unfortunately, that wasn't the worst of it.
One block of the footage shows Craig pulling a gun from his waistband after DaBaby's initial attacks on Douglas. But, as he's walking out of the camera frame, it appears that he put his gun back. Later footage leaves us uncertain of whether or not Craig was still brandishing his gun but, it does exhibit DaBaby pulling out a concealed Glock from his waistband which fatally wounded Craig.
The entire altercation between the three males lasted no longer than a minute. It initially wounded Craig and forced him to run into a nearby aisle leaving a trail of blood before collapsing on the spot where medics later pronounced him dead.
The newly published surveillance footage has raised eyebrows about whether or not DaBaby actually acted out of self-defense or if he was the initial instigator to cause the fatal shot. In the video, DaBaby appears to be the aggressor in the situation. He charged at another man, before Craig, and gets into a scuffle with him first.
It's clear that both parties had guns handy but, what's unclear is who actually pulled theirs out first to cause the fatal shot.
DaBaby Charged With Felony Battery
Gary Pragar rented out a massive home in L.A. which he manages. Pragar was told that it was going to be a vacation spot for DaBaby and his friends. He says that he made the guest limit clear- no more than 12 people- and that DaBaby's management team agreed to that in a rental agreement.
The group was there for a week and broke their agreement by having more than 12 guests at the location. After complaining to the rapper's team, Pragar decided to pay a visit to his pad to see what was actually going on. On December 2, when he showed up, he found DaBaby there with an entire film crew and a ton of other people around, upwards of 40 people, he stated. Turns out, they were shooting a music video at the location.
Pragar tried to shut things down by talking to DaBaby however, the response he received wasn't so kind.
Pragar claims that he was attacked by someone in the rappers crew which was caught on video. He said that DaBaby ordered the guy off of Pragar, but then allegedly sucker-punched him in the face, knocking out his tooth.
In February, Pragar filed a lawsuit against DaBaby, claiming he was attacked for enforcing property rules. The Ohio native has been charged with felony battery by the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. Another man named Thankgod Awute is also being charged. He was hit with felony robbery.
However, three days ago, DaBaby shared a video to Instagram trying to expose Pragar right back.
What do you think about the situation? Did DaBaby deserve to be charged?