Sustaining his meteoric breakout year in hip-hop, DaBaby maximized his reign at BET’s 2019 Hip Hop Awards as not only an indisputable rap treasure of the current music generation, but the honoree of the ceremony’s Best New Artist award.
The Charlotte-bred rap phenomenon’s soar to hip-hop’s top ranks is one of the most outstanding rises that the music industry has ever seen. DaBaby first climbed from the underground scene with a bevy of praised mixtapes and fiery freestyles that bolstered him to his hometown’s spotlight. It wasn’t long before his Billion Dollar Baby emblem, a rap collective and early record label venture, garnered eyes, ears and a massive social media following for DaBaby.
Such self-sufficiency landed him in the crosshairs of several record labels, and despite priding himself on independent artistry, DaBaby announced his signage with Interscope Records shortly after releasing his debut album, Baby On Baby. Despite his triumphant career ascent being met with some adversity, such as settling a case on self-defense involving the death of a man at Walmart, as well as the death of his father (which inspired his sophomore studio LP, Kirk), DaBaby has yet to fold.
Now, the “Suge” rapper is one of the most bankable standouts at every turn of his career. From one of the few glimmering gems of the 2019 XXL Freshman class to a Billboard chart-cracking supreme (both his Baby on Baby and Kirk albums went No.1), DaBaby is undeniably a people’s champ shoo-in. And if you thought you loved him before, you haven’t seen anything yet until you’ve witnessed all the moments at the 2019 Hip Hop Awards where he stole the show and the hearts of every hip-hop head in the house.
Here are our Best New Artist’s most talked about and eye-catching moments at his first-ever Hip Hop Awards:
DaBaby took “go hard or go home” to insanely new levels for the awards ceremony. After lending performance assists to Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Baby, the Charlotte MC brought the holy hip-hop name to his own performance with a breakout-dancing choir.
Baby opened his solo set with “INTRO,” the lead-in track to his now No. 1 album in the country, Kirk. From there, he spun into the fan favorites. “Baby Sitter” in particular jumped the crowd onto their feet after the record’s star feature Offset popped out for a surprise appearance, too.
Before gracing the main stage, DaBaby strolled up to the red carpet dripped down in Gucci from head to toe and repping Harlem fashion elite Dapper Dan. Donning a red designer suit, Baby went bare-chested beneath the swaggy vest and let his blingy “Kirk” chain drape his chest instead. The cane was a classy touch as well.
Accepting his Best New Artist award with a huge diamond-encrusted smile, DaBaby brought the whole Billion Dollar Baby squad up to bask in the moment. But no one’s presence was more important than that of his beautiful mother, whom he brought as his date to the 2019 Hip Hop Awards and to whom he credits for being the “prettiest chocolate n**ga alive."
After tag teaming the opening performance together and jumping ship from the S.S. Hot Girl vessel to the audience, DaBaby flicked it up with Hot Girl captain Megan The Stallion. DaBaby recently praised her on his Breakfast Club interview and their inseparable music chemistry gave us some of the best moments in 2019’s hip-hop scene, such as their collaborative “Cash Sh**” hit and equally raved-about XXL Freshman Class cyphers.
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