DaBaby has issued a public apology after making controversial HIV/AIDS remarks at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami last weekend.
In the rapper’s on-stage remarks, he said, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air.”
After receiving backlash and public scrutiny from fans on social media, including transgender activist and social media personality Ts Madison, DaBaby apologized for his “insensitive” comments.
“Anybody who done ever been [a]ffected 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 tweeted Tuesday night. “So my apologies. But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin’ on y’all, do you. Y’all business is y’all business.”
The “Ball If I Want To” rapper continued, calling out “brands, networks, or artists that like to profit off of black rappers influence on the culture, without understanding it or having the patience to deal with what comes with the position we play in our culture.” He then encouraged fans to purchase tickets to his Friday and Saturday concerts in Texas.
DaBaby’s remarks also sparked outrage from some fellow artists, including pop diva Dua Lipa, who recruited DaBaby for the remix of her single, “Levitating.” After fans on social media suggested she remove DaBaby’s verse from the song, R&B singer Victoria Monét placed her bet to be his replacement.
“If she would like to replace DaBaby’s verse on ‘Levitating,’ I’m totally available,” Monét tweeted.
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