DaBaby returned to the stage for the first time since causing controversy with homophobic statements at a music event last month and apologized to the crowd, saying he "never, ever meant to insult anybody."
The rapper performed at Hot97's Summer Jam 2021 at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey over the weekend. After his comments at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami on July 25, where he asked fans to shine their cellphone flashlights if they "didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of those deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will kill you in two to three weeks," the event was one of only a few that did not remove the rapper from their lineups. He then proceeded to make derogatory remarks about both women and men.
When asked about his words afterwards, the rapper doubled down, claiming that his gay followers "don't have HIV/AIDS" since they aren't "ugly" or "junkies."
After receiving widespread criticism, DaBaby issued public apologies on Twitter and Instagram, the latter of which was eventually removed.
According to Vibe, DaBaby launched his set at Summer Jam with a video montage that included his voice-over.
According to several sources, the rapper praised New York radio station Hot97 for allowing him to "give my gift, share my blessing with y'all out here live on this stage amid all the craziness and all the reaction" in a video broadcast on social media. So kudos to you all for that. When I declared I never, ever meant to insult anyone or say anything to make anyone feel any way live on that platform a few weeks ago, they accepted my sincerity and all my apologies.”
“And Hot 97 was also willing to put their neck out there, willing to go against all odds with everything going on in the globe — they still enabled me to come right here on this stage and use their platform,” he said. They aided the world in progressing and becoming a better place, rather than dismissing people for making mistakes as if we weren't human.”
According to Complex, DaBaby performed “Cry Baby,” his smash with Megan Thee Stallion, then addressed the crowd live after the video concluded.
“Take a look at this,” he allegedly said. “With the exception of those who were legitimately offended, I feel that the rest of you motherfuckers are crying babies.”