DaBaby is trying to get back to "da bags"! After getting dragged for his controversial comments, the rapper recently met with HIV advocates to discuss "HIV history and education."
Deets on his meeting, plus his new freestyles inside…
DaBaby fumbled "da bag" (actually several) back in July when he made those controversial comments that upset the LGBTQ+ community during his Rolling Loud set in Miami.
The North Carolina rapper started losing sponsorships, he was being taken off the lineups of major music festivals and he was read for filth by Sir Elton John (and many others) for the comments that caused folks to label him homophobic and problematic.
After receiving backlash, the "Rockstar" rapper doubled down on his comments as if he was unbothered and "fighting the system." However, he started rapping a different tune when he started losing bags over his comments. That’s when he issued a few public apologies.
In an effort to make amends, the 29-year-old rapper/father decided to meet with various leaders of HIV organizations to get educated on why his comments were problematic and dangerous.
Earlier this month, an open letter from the leaders of organizations directly serving Black, LGBTQ, and HIV+ communities was published requesting a meeting with the "Suge" rapper to educated and enlighten him about HIV & AIDS. 125 organizations signed on to support the open letter to the popular rapper.
Black leaders from nine HIV organizations across the U.S. announced they held a virtual, private meeting with DaBaby on August 25th to discuss HIV facts and share personal stories of living and thriving with HIV. Representatives from Black AIDS Institute, Gilead Sciences COMPASS Initiative Coordinating Centers, GLAAD, National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Positive Women’s Network-USA, Prevention Access Campaign (U=U), the Southern AIDS Coalition, and Transinclusive Group, as well as a faith and HIV advisor, discussed HIV history and education, as well as the groups’ work in Black, LGBTQ and faith communities.
After the virtual meeting, the HIV advocates shared details about the meeting, revealing DaBbay was "genuinely engaged" and that he apologized for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV.
"At a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black communities, celebrities and influencers of all backgrounds have the power to defeat the stigma that fuels the epidemic. We must all do our part to make the public aware of medication that can prevent HIV and to get more people tested and treated. Together we can end this epidemic. 40 years is far too long. Stigma hurts; prevention, testing, and treatment work," the leaders said after the meeting.
Hopefully, DaBaby learned something and will now use his platform to help educate his fanbase about HIV and AIDS.
Do you think DaBaby’s view about people living with HIV will change after the meeting?
In music news…
DaBaby just dropped two new freestyles along with music videos. A few days ago, he dropped his freestyle for Wizkid‘s "Essence" and today he released his rendition of Moneybagg Yo’s "Wockesha." As of the time of this post, his "Essence" remix is trending at the #8 spot in music on YouTube and his "Wockesha" freestyle is sitting at #5.
Interesting. So much for cancel culture, especially when it’s a man and he conveniently "wants to learn" only uon those pockets and clout taking a hit.
Photo: DaBaby’s IG