North Carolina rapper DaBaby calls himself the Tupac of the new generation of rap on a song off his debut album.
DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, has dedicated a song to the hip-hop icon. The Cleveland rapper released his debut album titled ‘Baby on Baby’ in March 2019, on which the song ‘Tupac’ appears.
In the past, the Charlotte native has listed Tupac Shakur as one of his inspirations. Furthermore, on his 13-song debut released by Interscope, DaBaby also dedicates a song to Death Row Records boss Suge Knight, titled ‘Suge’.
‘Suge’, released as the lead single off ‘Baby on Baby’, was a nod to the former music executive. The music video depicts DaBaby dressed as Suge Knight in the studio smoking on a cigar while counting money. In addition to that, it also shows goons dressed in red clothing bullying a rapper into signing a contract. This is in reference to the rumor of a similar incident that involved Suge Knight.
Speaking with Capital XTRA, DaBaby touches on his status in the industry and how it keeps him motivated. “I’m definitely the Tupac of the new s***, that’s just how it goes. I’m not one for entertaining or being swayed either way by outside opinions. That’s really what turns me up, I like that. That’s what makes me wanna show you.”
DaBaby Joins Long List Of Artists Paying Homage To Tupac
DaBaby certainly isn’t the first music artist to reference and compare themselves to Tupac. In October, Florida rapper Sneaky described his music as real, stating “you probably ain’t heard this s*** since Tupac.”
Similarly, back in the summer, Young Thug made a similar comparison when talking about his project ‘Punk’. He said “My best album would probably be Punk because it’s more like real life. Tupac could be one of the biggest rappers in the world because he rapped what he rapped about. I had conversations with Jay-Z and he told me, ‘We gotta learn how to continue what Pac had going. Pac was a teacher. ‘Pac teaches.’”