An artist or creative binds things that do make sense and forces them to gracefully seem like a match made in heaven. Artists introduce us to things we thought we did not need. For example, Aerosmith and Run DMC joined forces to create Walk This Way, a rock and hip hop mesh we did not know we needed. Because of Run DMC, rap music was looked at as more than an underground sound. “Run-DMC made it possible for all the majors to see that rap music and hip-hop was album-oriented music and rap artists were rock stars, really. Run-DMC was the complete sacrifice for anything that was successful after 1986,” Chuck D told The Washington Post. Artists have been continuously breaking creative barriers since then. Public Enemy used their platform to show hip hop with a political message as a way to bring black people together, and  Hip-Hop artist Nelly and country artist Tim McGraw topped the charts with Over and Over. Altogether, it seems untouchable until someone touches it, molds it, and makes it theirs.

Gangsta Music Focuses On The Overcoming of Plight

Hip Hop is more than music; it’s a lifestyle. Rap artists tell their stories of plight, poverty, and overcoming trials and tribulations over rhythmic music. Street Rap or Gangsta Rap, in particular, focuses on the tough lifestyle lived by the artists. When you think of street rap early artists like NWA, Tupac, and Ice-T are great examples of artists who painted the street lifestyle with their words. More recent rappers that fit this category are DMX, 50 Cent, Nipsey Hussle, Styles P, and more. These rappers have created a space in hip hop where they open up the doors to their lives and produce movies with their lyrics and visuals about their tough lifestyle. Drugs, guns, alcohol, and criminal acts aren’t pretty, and they never portrayed it in such a way. It’s gritty, raw, and straight to the point.

Da Baby Is Adding Personality To His Street Music

Don’t let the enormous smile and enjoyable beats blind you from the fact that the self-proclaimed prince of the North Carolina, Da Baby is a gangsta rapper with a catchy upbeat flow. Mixing street music with comedic comparisons is one way to describe a Da Baby listening experience. There’s nothing funny about the street lifestyle, but Da Baby brings an exciting energy to his songs. His delivery is far from mumble rap, but he executes his wordplay in a modern and compelling manner. Along with is interesting wordplay, Da Baby delivers fun and colorful visuals to match his vivid words.

What picture pops up in your head when you read “Get caught with your ho when I’m poppin’ ’em both/Now they high just like Bobby and Whitney?” Maybe a rapper holding guns in front of a car or a rapper in all black in the middle of his old neighborhood with more than enough people standing being him? Da Baby allowed us to see his personality when he dropped the comical visual to Suge. In the video he is playing different roles like Eddie Murphy in Nutty Professor or Martin playing as Jerome and White Bob from Marketing. For his video for Suge, Da Baby is a fun mailman who steals male and delivers packages, and with fake muscular arms, he is imitating the infamous CEO of Death Row, Suge Knight. This is not what you expect to see from a man who says, “I will turn a nigga into a convertible/Push me a lil’ nigga top back,” but Da Baby shows artists that it’s okay to have fun with your craft.

Da Baby is not the first rapper to showcase humorous videos with his songs. Rappers like Ludacris, D12, and Busta Rhymes took their music videos to another level bringing their strong flows to life. Da Baby seems as if he is following great examples of taking his craft seriously but still having a good time.


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