DaBaby Says Losing $200 Million Following Homophobic Rant Was a "Blessing in Disguise"

"Where would I be mentally and spiritually if I wasn't forced to sit my ass down and self-reflect?"

BY Nika Petrosian Published Dec 1, 2023

Has DaBaby undergone major character development?

The North Carolina rapper recently made an appearance on the Club Shay Shay podcast, hosted by former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe. During their conversation, DaBaby's 2021 Rolling Loud incident came up, and the rapper claimed that losing $200 million USD in his bank account was a "blessing in disguise."

If you recall, in February 2021, the rapper went on a deeply homophobic tirade amid his set at Rolling Loud in Miami, during which he had made derogatory comments about HIV, AIDS and "fellas sucking dick in the parking lot," among others things. He sort of tried to apologize multiple times afterward, to varying degrees of efficacy.

"Where would I be mentally and spiritually if I wasn't forced to sit my ass down and self-reflect? I still didn't even sit down when it first happened; I was still fighting it and fighting it and fighting it," DaBaby said when asked to consider how different his life might be if he, uh, hadn't engaged in some truly deplorable hate speech on the main stage of a music festival!

The rapper claimed that, despite having been at an all-time peak in his career at the time and on track to make hundreds of millions, he "wasn't happy as a person." Now that he's taken the time to reflect on his beliefs, he says he feels as though he's grown, and is now happier and more of a man because of it.

"I really feel like that's a blessing in disguise at this point in my life and I just came to that realization in the past two weeks. I really feel like I needed that season I done had to endure," DaBaby told Sharpe. "I don't regret anything that I done been through. It feels so good to be able to say that and mean it. I done probably said that before but I ain't really mean it."

Watch the clip from the podcast below.


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