DaBaby faced backlash following his performance at Rolling Loud Miami. The “Red Light Green Light Rapper” brought out Tory Lanez during his set, had a shoe thrown at him, and went on a homophobic rant while telling the audience to put their flashlights in the air.
“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” DaBaby said. “Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”
T.I. then voiced his opinion on the situation, commenting under an Instagram post that if Lil Nas X can “kick his shit in peace” then so should DaBaby. “If Lil Nas X can kick his shit in peace… so should DaBaby [shrug emoji],” wrote T.I. in a comment on a video of DaBaby’s comments. “#Equality.”
While he did not clarify his statement in the comments section, he posted a video on his Instagram page clarifying his statement.
“Social media’s full of confusion,” said T.I. in the video. “Words are often misconstrued. And to be honest with you, if homosexuals have more rights than heterosexual people just say that. Let’s let that be the law, is that the law? I just feel like, I respect gays, especially the ones who have the courage and bravery to step out and live in their truth, I respect that. … But, I respect it the same way if you’re a heterosexual person, I respect it the same way. So I ain’t even seen all the hoopla about, some of you motherfuckers just be up in arms fake caring just cause you ain’t got shit going on in your life over here.”
T.I. then voiced his respect for artists like Lil Nas X, saying “The performances and video, man I got a lot of respect for bruh because he had the courage to live his truth, but that shit ain’t for me. … Just can’t look at it. But I feel the same way, and I don’t want my children seeing it, either. … But I still feel the same way about the ‘WAP’ video, I actually enjoyed the ‘WAP’ video a little bit better, but I still feel the same way.”
Towards the end of the video, T.I. voiced his support again for DaBaby, further explaining his initial comment. “If you have a Lil Nas X video, and him living his truth, you gone damn sure have people like DaBaby who gone speak they truth,” he concluded. “There ain’t nothing wrong with none of that. It ain’t got to be no hate, it’s all honesty.”