Review: DaBaby — BLAME IT ON BABY

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Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 10:29 AM
Review: DaBaby — BLAME IT ON BABY by Steven McGarvie

In 2019, the rap and hip-hop industry was taken by storm when XXL Magazine freshman class member DaBaby released his albums, “Baby on Baby” and “KIRK”, along with various hit singles. DaBaby, formally known as Jonathan Kirk, kept his hot streak rolling in 2020 with the release of his new 13-track album, “BLAME IT ON BABY.” 

Roddy Ricch, Future, Quavo and A Boogie wit da Hoodie are among those showcasing their talents alongside DaBaby on his latest. Roddy Ricch and DaBaby may have submitted an early candidate for “Song of the Year” with their masterpiece “ROCKSTAR.” Ranking No. 3 on the iTunes top 100 chart early on (it’s now No. 11 a week after release), the song is poised to be a hit among college-aged students.   

Joining “ROCKSTAR” in the iTunes top 25 is “PICK UP” featuring Quavo, “NASTY” featuring Ashanti and Megan Thee Stallion, and “BLAME IT ON BABY.” DaBaby recruited artists of every style to oppose his own unique approach.  

This album is unlike anything Kirk has released up to this point, countering the critique that most of his music and lyrics sound the same. Here, he silences those critics, mentioning his sudden stardom in songs, along with how he has no plans of leaving his high horse anytime soon. In his track “TALK ABOUT IT,” he lets his haters hear it as he raps about being nominated for a Grammy. 

Many famed rap aficionados, such as Cardi B and LeBron James, consider DaBaby to be the new face of the rap music industry, and the numbers do not lie. The 28-year old from Charlotte, North Carolina has only been on the big stage for a year and has already produced three Billboard 200 albums and multiple Billboard 100 singles.  

After the album’s release on April 17, 11 of the 14 tracks sat on the iTunes top 100 chart.  

Kirk is currently signed to Interscope records alongside Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and Machine Gun Kelly. His 2019 deal with Interscope allowed him to create his own imprint label called Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment. Kirk has signed a few artists to his new label, with Stunna 4 Vegas being the most prominent. Stunna 4 Vegas has made an appearance on two of DaBaby’s last three albums.

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