One can make the argument that currently Lil Baby is the biggest rapper in the world.
While the Atlanta rapper would make noise with his Perfect Timing (2017) and Drip Harder (2018) mixtapes, hip hop really became Lil Baby’s own when his debut studio album Harder Than Ever dropped in 2018.
The Quality Control Music artist has been ripping through features, freestyles, guess appearances like a man with something to prove since. That includes his sophomore album release, My Turn, debuting on the Billboard 200 in 2020.
The three-time Grammy nominee worked himself so much during that span, he upped the ante on his guest appearances, only to later announce he was done altogether and wasn’t doing anymore features to focus on his album.
That album, of course, ended up being 2021’s The Voice and The Hero with Lil Durk, which went on to debut at No. 1 one.
Now that the album is out the way, Lil Baby’s been slaying features, as well as bodying the tracks on his effort with Durk, which is why he’s been nominated for Lyricist of The Year at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards.
With the ceremony just days away, here’s a look at some of the tracks he’s blessed this year so far.
“Sharing locations” is officially Meek Mill’s song but enlists both Lil Baby and Lil Durk in a marathon of bars featuring the three going back and forth.
Honestly, all three of them hold it down, but, as he always does, Lil Baby provides the quotes and harmonization that stays with you.
“Gave her pill, they all get high, you ever had a foursome?
It’s too much cash for me to hide, I had to give lil bro some.
I f**** her raw from time to time, I don’t show no emotion”
"Wants and Needs"
Drake and Lil Baby joined forces for their chart hit “Wants and Needs,” on the Certified Lover Boy’s second installment of his Scary Hour series.
Released this past March, the effort helped Drizzy make Billboard history after it debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100.
“I'm not a GOAT, but I fit the description
I like to pour, so I get the prescription
We walk around with them bands in our britches
This gun ain't gon' jam, when I blow, I ain't missin'
I'm droppin' hit after hit, I'm just chillin'
While Soulja Boy and Chris Brown were disgruntled after not making the cut for Kanye’s Donda, others, like Lil Baby, had their verses pass the finish line with flying colors.
His feature on “Hurricane” couldn’t have been more perfect, meshing against The Weeknd's intoxicating tenor.
“Yeah, walkin' on the bridge, I threw my sins over the deep end Sippin' 'til my stomach hurt, this month I done lost three friends Early mornin', brainstormin', normally I can't sleep in Sometimes I just wanna restart it, but it all depends If I'ma be that same young, hungry **** from West End Wrote my hardest wrongs and the crazy part, I ain't have no pen”
Serving as the highest-charting of the 16 singles that placed on the Hot 100 the week of The Voice and The Hero’s release, “Hats Off” shows Lil Baby at his best.
“Had to run up more dollars than followers Me and bae take the week off in Cabo Life's a gamble, I'm playin' the lotto I'm bettin' it all 'cause I know that I got 'em”
"Every Chance I Get"
Lil Durk and Baby bring out the best in one another and there’s no better example than on DJ Khaled’s “Every Chance I Get”.
Arguably the song of the summer, the Tay Keith co-produced platinum single offers Lil Baby handling the chorus and the first two verses before Lil Durk comes crashing in with the off-key singing.
“I’ma turn up on a hater every chance that I get/I want the biggest watch that they got, don’t care if that shit hurt my wrist/All these hoes fuck on us all, I wish I would claim that b***/They get hard when they get guns, we got a hood full of sticks,”