Lil Baby

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Lil Baby
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Lil Baby in October 2018
Background information
Birth nameDominique Jones
Born (1994-12-03) December 3, 1994 (age 24)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts

Dominique Jones (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He rose to attention and acclaim in 2017 when he released his mixtape Perfect Timing. He is best known for his 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dominique Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia.[3] He was two years old when his father left the family, leaving his single mother to raise him and his two siblings. While he was not struggling academically, Jones would repeatedly get in trouble, resulting in him dropping out of high school in the tenth grade. Jones was always looking up to the older guys in his neighborhood. His mother and siblings have talked about how he was very busy and that he was always hustling and getting money.[4]

In early 2012 he was charged for possession with intent to sell among other charges. His original lawyer urged him to take a 2-year plea deal, but Jones refused, and acquired a new lawyer. This new lawyer placed Jones in a special program that would only hold him for a year.[5] While in this program, he got into an altercation with a white prisoner over racial comments. After that, Jones' sentencing was replaced with the original 2-year deal. Later in 2013, he had a charge of possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. Then in 2014, he had another charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell among other things. After being incarcerated for two years, he began his rap career with 4PF (Four Pockets Full) and Quality Control Music.[6][7]

Career[edit]

2016–present: Beginnings and Harder Than Ever[edit]

Lil Baby performing at the Openair Frauenfeld festival in Switzerland, July 2019

Shortly after serving two years, Lil Baby dropped his mixtape Perfect Timing. He released this mixtape with musical guidance from fellow Atlanta native, Young Thug and under the label 4 Pockets Full, Wolfpack and Quality Control Music. The mixtape featured some well-known names like Lil Yachty and Young Thug, but primarily featured underground local artists. Although the mixtape had little promotion, it still performed well and managed to gain attention inside and outside the Atlanta rap scene. Shortly after releasing perfect timing he released his second mixtape, Harder Than Hard July 18, 2017. The mixtape widened Lil Baby’s fame and only gave him more widespread notoriety; with the support of the lead single "My Dawg". October 9th, Lil Baby released a collaboration mixtape with close friend and fellow Atlanta rapper Marlo, 2 The Hard Way. This mixtape did not create as big an impact as two former tapes, but still garnered some attention. Lil Baby finally started to break through to the masses with his mixtape Too Hard, which was led by his hit single "Freestyle", which was released as a music video prior to his mixtape on November 5. Through the success of the single, Lil Baby attracted much attention towards his upcoming mixtape. When the mixtape finally dropped it featured the single "All of a Sudden" with featuring Moneybagg Yo. This mixtape was defining for much of Lil Baby's current career. In May 2018, Lil Baby released his debut studio album, Harder Than Ever, which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart.[8] The album was supported by the singles, "Southside" and "Yes Indeed" (with Drake), the latter peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.[9]

After he had released Harder Than Ever, he released his collaboration album Drip Harder with fellow artist and very close friend in the rap game, Gunna on October 5, 2018. This mixtape was very well received and also featured high-profile features such as Drake on "Never Recover" and Nav on "Off White Vlone". The mixtape had several hits and bumped Lil Baby's popularity up. The song "Drip Too Hard" featuring Gunna was certified RIAA Platinum.[10] and MC Platinum[11] The mixtape was released under the labels Quality Control, YSL Records and Motown Capitol.

In November 2018, he released his mixtape Street Gossip.

In December 2018, Lil Baby collaborated with Yung Gravy on the latter's single, "Alley Oop".[12]

He is starring in How High 2, the sequel to the 2001 stoner film How High, premiering April 20, 2019, on MTV.[13]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ December 3, 2018}}
  2. ^ "Lil Baby and Gunna Land Eight Tracks From 'Drip Harder' On Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  3. ^ Clark, Mitchell (September 7, 2018). "Weekly Columns:Lil Baby joins the newest wave of Atlanta-based hip-hop". The Daily Campus. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Lil Baby Official 4PF (2018-09-26), Lil Baby- PREACHERMAN Official Documentary, retrieved 2019-03-15
  5. ^ djvlad (2017-09-09), Lil Baby on Going to Prison at 18, Fighting a White Racist (Part 1), retrieved 2018-09-18
  6. ^ "Lil Baby "Harder Than Ever" Review". HotNewHipHop. May 23, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Most recent Georgia Bookings". georgia.arrests.org. June 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 27, 2018). "BTS Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Love Yourself: Tear'". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lil Baby Earns First Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 With Drake Collab 'Yes Indeed'". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA.
  11. ^ "Drip Too Hard - Single by Lil Baby & Gunna". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lil Baby Assists Yung Gravy On "Alley Oop"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2019). "'How High 2': Mike Epps To Reprise Baby Powder Role In MTV Sequel; Premiere Date Set". Deadline Hollywood.

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