The North Carolina rapper, who will be making appearances all over South Florida ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium, keeps bopping away while he saves us all from ourselves, slapping haters at every turn.
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“I’m a bit different and they dig it/I’m unorthodox as a mothafucker.” DaBaby knows he’s something we haven’t seen before, and he basks in it. Tight chains, big cheesin’, and relentless bars while he dances between discussing what will happen if you cross him and deeply humorous lyrics. Could be he’s the Benny Siegel of the hip-hop world. He has almost a controlled mania that relates and blends well with his ear for production. Sarcasm and humor play a heavy part in DaBaby’s lyrics, which speak to his unique point of view. His style exemplifies the tragedy of our times. All smiles while he celebrates his career and being himself while still giving off a “don’t be foolish around me” vibe.
DaBaby’s joy for theatrics plays perfectly with the videos he has dropped over the past year. From dressing up like Suge Knight on the track “Suge (Yea Yea),” where he raps about his ascension to boss status while they dance in a soul train line in corporate surroundings. Then flip it to the video for “Carpet Burn” off his album Baby on Baby, where DaBaby is a maintenance man rapping about getting his skin rubbed raw from … well, you know from what. We’ve all been there. Getting wild on carpet can leave you with some serious skinned-up knees. Finally an artist is speaking to the problems we Americans are dealing with today!
As music trends flow, mixing genres and styles with it, we are seeing more and more lunatics splicing together all different types of sounds to accommodate their creative pursuits. With DaBaby we get to see, at times the hyper-lyrical that gives homage to artists like Lil Wayne, but also an old school pimpin’ vibe like we got with Too Short, and finally that bully swagger we find in an artist like Bun B. DaBaby is a quagmire of style that can look almost as if he’s a parody, then in another breath, knock you out for questioning his greatness. His persona speaks to the complicated era we live in and he dropped two albums between March and September 2019. In Fort Lauderdale: 11 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave.; jointherevolution.net. Tickets start at $60 via ticketmaster.com.
EA Sports Bowl. With DJ Khaled, DaBaby, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, and others. 8 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd.; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $50 to $400 via ticketmaster.com.
Shaq's Fun House. With Pitbull, Diddy, Tiësto, Diplo, DaBaby, and others. 9 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St.; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost $249.99 to $100,000 via tixr.com.
Sports Illustrated the Party. With Black Eyed Peas, Marshmello, DaBaby, and DJ Irie. 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave.; fontainebleau.com. Tickets cost $500 to $40,000 via tixr.com.
Vewtopia Music Festival. With Cardi B, Migos, DaBaby, and others. 4 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at 19261 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens; vewtopia.com. Tickets cost $99 to $995 via seetickets.us.
Amara La NegraIn case you are looking for a little more of that Latin flavor, your hips have nothing to fear — Miami native Amara La Negra is bringing that hot Magic City vibe. VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Miami breakout star has been on a path to something great for a while now. Her bilingual lyrics speak to the (at times chaotic) duality of her hometown. Miami is today’s Casablanca, a place where cultures converge and the place is almost gritty with hustle, sex, and money, and Amara’s Afro-Dominican roots are on full display in her music. Her early stuff was more Latin/reggaeton-influenced, but you can see as she gets closer to the main stage of American pop music, she easily fuses her style with a shot of Miami glam, from the sounds to the style of her video singles. Her single "What a Bam Bam" has the production that makes you want to move every inch of your body, a 2018 Miami summer record that is infectious.
La Negra's debut album, Unstoppable, from February 2019, shows her mixing that relentless Latin vibe with sultry pop vocals. On a track like "Celebra," you want to be marching down the streets of Miami chanting the hook with your brethren. This pop record shows how far the idea of a pop record can stretch. Not everything has to be Katy Perry’s boring ass. With Fantine, DJ Alex Ramos, and many others. 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets start at $35 via ticketmaster.com.