Author: Jorge Ramos

DaBaby is a 27-year- old artist that’s killing it with very short exper­i­ence as a rap­per and it’s on his way to do some­thing worth remem­ber­ing.  The cha­ris­mat­ic per­son­al­ity of Jonath­an (his real name) has got him a pretty good and inter­est­ing fol­low­ing, and that added to his deep voice and clev­er free­style are some of the main points to see what this guy may be able to give his audi­ence. Here what we need to know about him.


Born in Clev­e­land, Ohio, home of the NFL play­off favor­ites Clev­e­land Browns, DaBaby was registered under the name Jonath­an Lyndale Kirk. At age 5 he and his fam­ily moved to North Car­o­lina. As a young­ster he messed around a lot and star­ted to mis­be­have, hav­ing extra­cur­ricular activ­it­ies that were a bit shade. As he had his run-ins with the law and he star­ted to think more about what he wanted to do and how he’d do some­thing he liked, that’s the moment he found rap.

The year was 2014, when Jonath­an star­ted his artist­ic name was quite unique, “Baby Jesus”, a name he had for 3 years, when became DaBaby, that same year he had an inter­view with the guys of XXL Magazine, and explained why he changed for the bet­ter, he said that although he was “Very suc­cess­ful with the things he was doing on the streets”, he ended up “get­ting bored of it”, and found rap as a way to “touch people and help them” and that he always “had his way with words”, and thought “what’s bet­ter to change people’s life than music?”.

In the last couple of years, already being notori­ous, Dababy has made the news, and not in a good way. First, in 2017 for wear­ing a diaper dur­ing the SXSW in Aus­tin, Texas. More recently, he took part in a shoot­ing in a Wal­mart in North Car­o­lina, with one-per­son death, where he claimed to have acted in self-defense.

Also, in last June, a law­suit was filed against him, after a rap­per allegedly asked him for a photo back­stage, and DaBaby’s secur­ity beat him up so bad he ended up in a coma for sev­er­al days. Part of the beat­ing was recor­ded by the secur­ity cam­er­as of the place, and the sup­posed vic­tim had to pay $75K in hos­pit­al bills.


At the moment we’re writ­ing this art­icle, our friend DaBaby has 2 albums on the top 5 of the Billboard’s Rap Chart, on the No.1 is Revenge of The Dream­ers III, with J.Cole and oth­er artists, and on the No.4 is Baby on Baby. So, he is doing things right.

DaBaby is really killing it, and if there’s some­thing we should start look­ing at is his flow, the guy is insanely good at free­styl­ing, and we have the video done by XXL magazine in which he totally steals the show.

In his rap, his flow, we see him with an intric­ate play on words, and in his music videos as well. For example, let’s watch Suge, and we’ll see why the dude is so appeal­ing to such a big audi­ence. The track is quite heav­ier in com­par­is­on to most traps, and it hap­pens with oth­er of his songs, in one way or the oth­er.

Also, he likes to play with the reg­u­lar atti­tude of reg­u­lar rap­pers, their styles, move­ments, the exag­ger­a­tion in the physique, the dances and more. Although he doesn’t look for laughter to be the nat­ur­al response to his cre­ations, he does like to play with all the ele­ments at hand to make it funny, and the quite aggress­ive way he acts and per­forms, as we see at the end of the music video, attests to what we are say­ing.

Let me sim­pli­fy this for you, we are in front of a guy who free­styles sav­agely, enjoys what he does, and he does it in a way that attracts thou­sands of fans, and that with only 5 years of career he now has 2 albums in the top 5 of the Bill­board Rap Chart.

He did exag­ger­ate, in my opin­ion, when he said he was the Best Rap­per of the moment, but he’s taken some ser­i­ous steps into a build­ing a career that we all should keep an eye on.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.