50 Cent has added his two cents into the hot button issue of DaBaby’s homophobic comments.
While appearing on E! Network’s Nightly Pop, the New York rapper, also known by his real name Curtis Jackson, was asked whether he sees DaBaby making a comeback. “Yeah, he will,” Jackson said with confidence. “As long as he keeps his consistency with the music. Remember they cancelled Chris Brown, five, six times?”
Jackson is referring to the public uproar that has followed Chris Brown ever since his assault on Rhianna in 2009 and his litany of assault and battery charges involving everyone from Drake to Frank Ocean in the years since.
While not going so far as to defend DaBaby, Jackson nevertheless praised the rapper as “a really talented, special artist” who needs to learn how to understand his reach and level of popularity.
“He just transitioned from being in that pool that everyone’s in, as a rap artist,” Jackson explained. “They didn’t notify him that he’s turning into a superstar. There’s nobody that tells you, ‘now you’re being held to these standards that are mainstream standards that you can’t say things, you can’t do these different things.'”
The fallout from DaBaby’s comments has been seismic, with his removal from the lineups of major festivals like Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Day N Vegas, iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Music Midtown Festival. The rapper originally issued an apology on his social media but deleted it a few days later.
“He’s just two years into his career, there’s no artist development, no A&R,” Jackson concluded, “and he’s definitely had no media training.”
Check out the interview down below.