DaBaby Addresses Rolling Loud Controversy in ‘Giving What It’s Supposed to Give’ Music Video

DaBaby Addresses Rolling Loud Controversy in ‘Giving What It’s Supposed to Give’ Music Video

DaBaby is once again addressing his homophobic comments made onstage at Rolling Loud Miami, this time with a new music video.

The “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give” video, released Wednesday afternoon (July 28), ends with a rainbow-colored message that says “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate,” as well as “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

The message appears to be in reference to his controversial onstage comments at Rolling Loud’s closing night Sunday, when DaBaby told the crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up! Ladies, if your p—y smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up! Fellas, if you ain’t sucking di– in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up!”

In the new video, DaBaby holds up a sign that says “AIDS” as he raps the lyric “Bi—, we like AIDS, I’m on your a–, we on your a–, bi—, we won’t go away.”

In an Instagram caption posted Wednesday about the music video — which DaBaby directed and co-produced — the rapper says he shot the clip right before his Rolling Loud set and decided to release it since it “touches on EVERY controversial topic trending in the headlines.”

“You ever wrote a video, you and 3 others produce it, you direct it while starring AND rapping in it, film the video for 16 HOURS straight wrap up at 4am, take a shower & jump on a jet to @rollingloud and with only 2 hours of rest give one of the BEST performances of the entire festival yet the most controversial and emotion provoking performance as well; due to things deemed ‘insensitive’ said during your performance even though you’re an ENTERTAINER, try to apologize and explain that you meant no harm & that you were only entertaining as you are paid to do, & have no problem with anyone’s sexual preference that is outside of yours, only to have a substantial amount of people refuse to understand your logic, tag along with a trending topic & play with your character and do everything they can to take money out of your pockets and food out your kids mouth, and have everybody around you panicking only for you to apologize anyway stand on the fact that you were entertaining and truly didn’t mean to offend anybody or start no commotion, although they’re currently offending you, & COINCIDENTALLY the video you were shooting till 4am the DAY OF @rollingloud touches on EVERY controversial topic trending in the headlines, so you then go against the grain in the opposite direction of every scared person around you & stay true to yourself & DROP DAT BITCH & show the world once again that you CANT BE F—ED WIT? I have. I just did. God’s Work.”

As he wrote in the Instagram message, DaBaby tweeted an apology Tuesday to anyone affected by HIV/AIDS for his “insensitive” words, though he maintained that the rest of his comments were misinterpreted by critics. While T.I. came out in support of DaBaby on Monday, his “Levitating” remix collaborator Dua Lipa condemned his remarks Tuesday, writing on her Instagram Story, “I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with.” Elton John also released a statement condemning the rapper’s comments Wednesday and offering important information about HIV and AIDS, while GLAAD responded, “The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV.”

Watch the “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give” video and see DaBaby’s Instagram post below.

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