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DaBaby

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For DaBaby Convertible, Less Go and other ironic DaBaby memes, please refer to Ironic DaBaby Memes


About

DaBaby is the performance alias of Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, an American rapper and recording artist. In late 2020, the rapper became a popular subject of ironic memes online.

History

On May 25th, 2015, under the name "Baby Jesus," Kirk uploaded his first video to YouTube for the song "No compadre." The video has since received more than 207,000 views in less than five years (shown below).



Four years later, he released the music video "Suge (Yea Yea)" on YouTube. The post received more than 198 million views in less than one year (shown below, left). Later that year, he released the video for "BOP on Broadway (Hip Hop Musical)," which received more than 143 million views in less than three months (shown below, right).



Personal Life

Shooting

In November 2018, DaBaby shot and killed a man in Huntersville, North Carolina.[1] The charges were eventually dropped. Though, Kirk, who said he acted in self-defense, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.[2]

Hotel Worker Altercation Video

On January 18th, 2020, TMZ shared a video of DaBaby in an altercation with a worker at a hotel. Within two days, the video received more than 255,000 views (shown below).



The rapper responded to the video on Instagram with a post saying that the hotel compromised the rapper and his two-year-old child.



DaBaby's Fake Nudes

DaBaby's Fake Nudes refer to a debate surrounding a viral video of an erect penis which was falsely attributed to American rapper DaBaby. After the video was posted online and presented as a leaked nude video of DaBaby, many users on Twitter made posts about the clip and commented on the size of the penis in the clip.

/r/DaBaby Subreddit

In late November of 2020 Dababy's subreddit, /r/DaBaby,[3] started gaining increased attention as its ironic shitpost culture became more well-known across the web. It likely came about from the rise of ironic hip-hop subreddits such as r/hiphopcirclejerk and r/playboicarti.

On November 30th, /u/Freepyle, a moderator for the subreddit, lifted a ban on "DaBaby penis posts,"[4] referring to memes about leaked nudes allegedly belonging to the rapper. The post was met with praise, receiving over 7,500 upvotes and 50 Reddit awards and encouraging further shitposts.


r/DaBaby - Posted by u/Freepyle 2 days ago 10 O 12 a13 5 A 16 A 7.5k DaBaby penis posts are unbanned Baby on Baby | Give Award 191 Comments Share *.

On that day, shitposts[5][6] by /u/pinobutter99 and /u/chuyito200531 gained over 14,500 and 9,700 upvotes respectively, becoming the two top posts of all time on the subreddit (shown below, left and right respectively). /u/chuyito's shitpost follows a common format on the subreddit, where users upload a photo of someone who doesn't look like DaBaby and ask if they look like DaBaby, or claim to have met him that day, the photo allegedly being of DaBaby. On the same day, /r/Hiphopcirclejerk banned reposts from /r/DaBaby and several other rap-related subreddits known for shitposting, a move that was criticized by commenters.[12]


Posted by u/pinobutter99 3 days ago 92 16 17 3 12 & 16 More Not really into black people all that much, so I made Dababy white. Thoughts? Tronic / Social Commentary Posted by u/chuyito200531 3 days ago 22 & 9 More My friends DaBaby cosplay FRESH

Despite its success, /u/pinobutter99's post (as well as several other posts) was highly criticized outside of the subreddit for being racist. For example, on December 2nd, Twitter user JrWave19 tweeted,[7] "wtf Dababy Reddit gotta go" with several screenshots of posts from the subreddit that are arguably racist (shown below). The tweet gained over 17,000 likes and 845 retweets in 17 hours. Among the screenshots used for evidence is a November 21st post to the subreddit by /u/NebulaPizel, ironically asking if he should call DaBaby "The Baby" to avoid being racist that gained over 4,900 upvotes in 11 days.[8] On December 3rd, 2020, /r/dababy was banned.[13]


Abdi 000 @JrWave19 w-- Dababy Reddit gotta go eople all that much, so I made Dababy white. Thoi r/DaBaby NebulaPixel - 5d ... I'm not black, should I call him "The Baby" instead? idk i dont want to be racist by Posted by 14 hours ago uch do you think DaBaby would've do you think he would be worth in 1800? ments | Give Award a Share A Save O Hide rd Share * 5:50 PM · Dec 2, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone 757 Retweets 108 Quote Tweets 17.1K Likes

In the wake of the ban, subreddits /r/dababypenis[14] and /r/DababyHentai[15] were created, with Ironic DaBaby Memes maintaining significant popularity in the following months.

YouTubers began posting reaction and compilation videos about /r/DaBaby on December 1st as its popularity grew (example shown below, left).[9] On December 2nd, YouTuber noah username uploaded a video to YouTube[10] discussing the shitposts, both praising the comedy and criticizing the racist posts and the lack of actual music discussion on the forum (shown below, right). On December 3rd, Nightcrawler made a post titled "Some racist s*** happening on Dababy subreddit" to the music forum on KTT2[11] telling users about the subreddit and describing how to get it suspended.



Various Examples From /r/DaBaby


Do i look like dababy(be honest) He will never turn a n---- into a convertible I will turn a n---- into a convertible DABABY "SUGE" I would go to school if... These were the uniforms These were the teachers This was the bus These were the books AKIRK

Ironic DaBaby Memes

Ironic DaBaby Memes refers to a series of ironic memes featuring rapper DaBaby. The format utilizes images and the name of the rapper in humorous ways and includes several notable submemes such as DaBaby Convertible, DaBaby's Finger Guns Edits and his "Let's Go" lyric.


研 I will turn a n---- into a convertible DABABY "SUGE" DaBaby Convertible on a mug | honey we have guests bring out the fine china DaBaby fan meetup

DaBaby Curved by a Fan

On April 7th, 2022, a video surfaced of DaBaby trying to kiss a female fan on the way to his car. In the video, DaBaby leaned in to kiss the woman who immediately turned her cheek to him, trying to fend him off her. It was reposted to Twitter by the internet news outlet No Jumper on the 7th, wherein less than 24 hours, it received roughly 10.3 million views and 70,000 likes (shown below).

Going into the next day, fans and critics alike reacted to the clip in memes and humorous tweets. A common reaction emerged regarding, "DaBaby's PR Team," with meme creators imagining the difficulty they faced regarding the rapper's history of public slip-ups. For instance, on the 7th, Twitter[16] user TimFromIllino1s posted a tweet that captioned a LeBron James image reading, "NO HELP," with, "Dababys PR team," earning roughly 7,400 likes in one day (shown below, left). Twitter[17] user HLSMF posted a parallel tweet, captioning an image of SpongeBob crying and earning roughly 2,700 likes in one day (shown below, right).


polostar @TimFromlllinols Replying to @nojumper Dababys PR team JAMES NO HELP LEBROW JAMES WON-THE SERIES WITH NO OTHER PLAYER AVERAGINS MORE THAN 11.5 PPG HS EAST BAPPENEJ N 30 YEARS ISCE M 2:01 PM · Apr 7, 2022 · Twitter for Android HLSMF @HLSMF Replying to @OVOBrezzzy Dababys pr team every 3 days 2:57 PM · Apr 7, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

A month prior to this incident, on March 6th, 2022, TikToker[18] kandipatel posted a similar video of DaBaby trying to kiss her after a show, earning roughly 360,000 plays and 35,000 likes in one month (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7071864252235238702

Various Examples


DaBaby PR team before he goes outside Fly Emirates 1:50 PM · Apr 7, 2022 · Twitter for Android Soko ! ! @Junapierr Dababys PR team after this: Do you want to say to women? have anything you Im sorry women. Dababy, after getting curved 3:33 PM · Apr 7, 2022 · Twitter for Android Bro tried to play it off like he was jokin around 2:57 PM · Apr 7, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone Bro tried to pull an eminem mariano ... @oscos dababy PR team every week 3:32 PM · Apr 7, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

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