DaBaby has been witnessing the effects of “cancel culture” since July 25 when he made some inflammatory remarks at Rolling Loud Miami that many deemed homophobic and sexist.
Not only was he cut from the Lollapalooza 2021 lineup on Sunday (August 1), he was also axed from the forthcoming Governor’s Ball the following day. The Day N Vegas also canceled his performance and replaced him with Roddy Ricch.
But Akademiks has a theory it’s DaBaby’s subsequent arrogance that’s making the backlash infinitely worse. The former Everyday Struggle co-host shared his thoughts via Twitter on Monday (August 2), shortly after the Governor’s Ball made its announcement.
“I fw DaBaby,” he started. “At this point though I don’t think its about his comments (him and others in Hip Hop have said worse things.. not justifying them)… however I think this is one of them last stands for cancel culture. He apologized but basically acted like he was 2 big to cancel.”
DaBaby has been primarily flippant about the controversy and seemingly just made things worse with each Instagram video, tweet or Instagram Story he’s posted.
“It never seizes [sic] to amaze me the way God puts me in situations I’m already equipped to handle,” DaBaby said in one particular post before referring to himself as the “influence,” suggesting he was too famous to suffer any real consequences. That wasn’t lost on Akademiks.
“The moment Da Baby said he was the ‘influence’ like.. that can’t be taken from you or your livelihood can’t be affected by others,” Akademiks added. “I knew they were finna have a hard on for him… can’t be arrogant and pompous when that cancel train come for u.. even if u think its overblown.
“Every festival finna try to look good by taking him off their lineup.. until he comes back begging and pleading. Thats what cancel culture is these days.. its more bout bringing entertainers 2 their knees begging back for acceptance rather than letting u learn from ur mistake.”
Akademiks also pointed out what he sees as the hypocrisy of the festivals’ statements about wanting to support love and humanity.
“We’ve seen DSPs get involved in cancelling artists.. removal of those artists from all editorial playlists,” he continued. “It’s interesting to see festivals take the same route. The thing that always make it looks fake as f*ck when anyone does this is its always selective… No uniformity.
“It’s just weird how festivals are putting out these elaborate statements about how much they care about humanity and because of that can’t have da baby on their show for what he said. yet 90% of the artists they book.. music is about drugs and murder.. n its totally fine to them.”
Akademiks ended his tweet spree by issuing a call-to-action for festival organizers, writing, “These companies gotta choose whether they are prioritizing the art of morality …because they all seem like hypocrites when they try to get on a high horse canceling artists…Hip Hop is a genre filled with imperfect stories. Why even fw it if u want saints.”
DaBaby’s original comments targeted the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities, drawing ire from Madonna, Elton John, Amber Rose, Questlove, Dua Lipa and a slew of other celebrities. Although he attempted to apologize, it seemed to fall on deaf ears.
“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody,” he wrote on July 27. “So my apologies. But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.”