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DaBaby called his controversial Rolling Loud incident a “blessing in disguise.”
During a conversation on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay, the North Carolina rapper opened up about his regrets. Sharpe asked him about one moment he would change and whether he would “change those two minutes on that stage.”
Ultimately, the rapper thanked God for the mishap of fumbling “$200 million” over the infamous performance. The “Ghetto Girls” artist then asserted that the moment allowed him to improve mentally.
“In hindsight, that parked me and kept me from taking off running and utilizing my hustle to distract myself and keep my mind and my spirit and my body occupied. Who is to say where I would be mentally and spiritually had I not been forced to sit my a** down and self-reflect. Because I still didn’t sit down when the incident took place. I’m fighting like ‘hell nah, that ain’t what it is. I’m telling y’all that ain’t what it is.’ God knows I’m a good fighter but he was like ‘yeah, you a good fighter…but sit yo a** down.’ It took for that for me to be comfortable in my situation and with the results that I got.”
DaBaby then opened up about how he has since evolved into a better person who is big on “self-reflecting.” He explained that he has been doing the work to understand what went wrong and how he could prevent a similar incident from happening again. Additionally, the entertainer candidly talked about his battle with past traumas and how addressing them has positively impacted his worldview.
“I’m okay with doing that to finish seeing this project through to the finish line because that’s way more fulfilling and healthy for me as a person. And for millions of people around the world and…the people directly affected by the same sh*t that I’m packaging in this story. That needs to be laid out for my story to be told the correct way before people bow they head to another song and fall in love with me as an artist. As a person, period.
“They need to really understand and ask ‘who is this guy,’ ‘what made him this way,’ and ‘how can we learn from his mistakes?’ So I don’t regret anythig that I been through. It feel good to be able to say that and mean it. I really feel like that was a blessing in disguise at this point in my life. I needed that season,” he concluded.
DaBaby became involved in controversy after making problematic comments during his set at Rolling Loud Miami in July 2021.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, then put your cellphone lighter up,” he told the crowd. “Ladies, if your p**sy 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.”
The homophobic comments sent his career into a downward spiral, as brands dropped him in the blink of an eye. Brands like boohooMAN publicly condemned the rapper for his insensitive remarks and distanced themselves from him.
Watch the full interview above.
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