Rapper Lil Baby is going viral this morning, and for all the wrong reasons. A new video of the rapper was leaked onto social media, where he appears to be ‘tweaking’ in the video.
Here’s the video that’s causing all the drama.
Rapper Lil Baby, real name Dominique Jones, was giving an interview at Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9. And during the interview, the Atlanta rapper was squirming in his seat and exhibiting what appears like drug addict mannerisms.
Almost immediately, folks on Twitter picked up on Lil Baby’s behavior - and the video went viral. It’s now been seen more than 2 million times.
Lil Baby is a rapper, singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He rose to acclaim in 2017, after he had a quick flurry of mixtapes produced by Nirunthan and Young Thug. Then he released his mixtape Perfect Timing, but he is best known for his hit singles "My Dawg", "Freestyle", "Yes Indeed", "Drip Too Hard" and "Close Friends", the latter three peaking at number 6, 4 and 28 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Lil Baby frequently collaborated with rapper Gunna. And though Lil Baby has credited Gunna for showing him the ropes of music-making, many fans were surprised to hear that he used to pay Gunna to write his raps. But the ATL artist insisted he never released the ghost-written material.
"I done paid Gunna to write my songs," Lil Baby told German outlet 16 Bars. "I never put the songs out, but when I first started to rap I used to pay him like $100 like, 'Imma give you $100,' write something for me so I can try to learn how to go in there and record it.' [...] That's how I used to practice."
According to Complex:
The comments caused somewhat of a stir, and highlighted the controversial issue of ghostwriting in hip-hop; however, Lil Baby now appears to be changing his tune, claiming he actually "never" paid Gunna to write for him.
"Gunna ain't never wrote no song for me," he said in a recent interview on Big Boy TV (17:54). "He just showed me how to rap. If he wrote a song, he wrote like what I got going on."
Lil Baby suggested Gunna simply showed him how to express himself, put his thoughts on paper, and deliver the bars, before he eventually learned to do it on his own.