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DaBaby during an interview in May 2018
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Lyndale Kirk
Also known asBaby Jesus
Born (1991-12-22) December 22, 1991 (age 28)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.[1]
OriginCharlotte, North Carolina
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Associated acts

Jonathan Lyndale Kirk (born December 22, 1991),[3] better known as DaBaby (formerly known as Baby Jesus), is an American rapper and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina.[4][5][6] He is best known for his singles "Suge" and "Bop", peaking at number seven[7] and eleven respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.

Along with the success of the single, Baby on Baby peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200.[8] He released his second studio album, Kirk, months later.[9][10] It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his first album to top the chart.[11]

Early life

Jonathan Lyndale Kirk was born on December 21, 1991, in Cleveland, Ohio. However, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999, where he would spend most of his early years. He attended and graduated from Vance High School in 2010.


In 2015, DaBaby, known as Baby Jesus at the time, started off his music career by releasing Nonfiction, his debut mixtape. He later followed this up with his God's Work mixtape series, Baby Talk mixtape series, Billion Dollar Baby, and Back on My Baby Jesus Sh*t.

On March 1, 2019, Kirk's debut studio album Baby on Baby, was released via Interscope Records. He is also signed to South Coast Music Group and has a joint contract with both labels. The thirteen-track project features guest appearances from Offset, Rich Homie Quan, Rich the Kid and Stunna 4 Vegas. Baby on Baby debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the US. Kirk's song "Suge", debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 87 on the chart dated April 13, 2019, and later reached the top 10, on the chart dated June 8, 2019.[12] DaBaby was featured on the cover of XXL's Freshman Class of 2019.[13]

DaBaby featured on various hit songs throughout mid-2019, including Megan Thee Stallion's "Cash Shit" and Quality Control's "Baby", both of which reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. On July 5, 2019, DaBaby was featured on Dreamville Records' newly released compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers, on the opening track, "Under the Sun". He received acclaim for his guest feature, with various publications ranking it as his best verse of 2019,[14][15][16] including Complex magazine calling it a "defining breakout moment for a new rap superstar".

In August 2019, he announced that his second album would be titled Kirk, a tribute to his last name.[9] It was released on September 27, and debuted atop the US Billboard 200.[11] Its sole single, "Intro", was also successful, peaking at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Around that time, DaBaby also made notable appearances on singles such as Post Malone's "Enemies",[17] which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and on the remixes to Lizzo's "Truth Hurts",[18] and Lil Nas X's "Panini",[19] released August 23 and September 13, 2019, respectively. On October 24, he made a cameo appearance in the music video for Rich Dunk's breakthrough single "High School".[20]

DaBaby closed 2019 having the most entries (22) on the Billboard Hot 100 for the year.[21][22]

Personal life

Kirk was involved in an incident in Huntersville, North Carolina where a 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and died soon after.[23] Kirk confirmed his involvement in the shooting and said "he acted in self defense".[24] However, the charge was dropped in March 2019,[23] and Kirk pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor.[25] In January 2020, he was detained and questioned in Miami "in connection with a robbery investigation". He was later arrested after authorities found he had a warrant out in Texas. The warrant stems from a battery charge.[26] According to TMZ, "members of DaBaby's crew allegedly jumped and robbed a man".[27]




  • Baby on Baby Tour (2019)[29]
  • Kirk Tour (2019)[30]


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  13. ^ Staff, X. X. L. "XXL 2019 Freshman Class Revealed". XXL Mag. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "DaBaby's Best Guest Verses of 2019, Ranked". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "DaBaby's Best Guest Verses, Ranked". Complex. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  16. ^ "DaBaby's Top 10 Best Features Of 2019". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "Post Malone's 'Hollywood's Bleeding' is Packed with 17 Tracks". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "Lizzo & DaBaby Team Up For "Truth Hurts" Remix: Listen". August 23, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
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  20. ^ "WATCH: DABABY + RICH DUNK RELEASE NEW HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO". Sohh. October 24, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  21. ^ Zellner, Xander (October 8, 2019). "DaBaby Charts 18 Songs on Hot 100, Including All 13 From New Album 'Kirk'". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  22. ^ "DaBaby Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  23. ^ a b Marusak, Joe (April 17, 2019). "Rappeun Charge Dismissed in Connection with Fatal NC Walmart Shooting". The Charlotte Observer.
  24. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (March 30, 2019). "Charges Dropped Against DaBaby for Deadly Walmart Shooting". XXL.
  25. ^ Maruszak, Joe (June 28, 2019). "Charlotte Observer". Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  26. ^ "Rapper DaBaby detained, questioned in Miami in robbery investigation". NBC News. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  27. ^ "DaBaby Arrested in Robbery Case After Victim Doused with Apple Juice". TMZ. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  28. ^ Thompson, Paul A. (March 8, 2019). "DaBaby: Baby On Baby". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  29. ^ "DaBaby announces Baby on Baby 2019 tour". AXS. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  30. ^ Post, Chantilly (October 4, 2019). "DaBaby Announces North American "Kirk" Tour With Stunna 4 Vegas". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved October 15, 2019.