Is A New Generation Of Rapper With An Old School Sound And Hip Hop Roots
The rapper born Dominique Armani-Jones is quickly becoming one of hip hop’s most exciting young stars. His debut album, Drip Harder, dropped earlier this month, and it features collaborations with artists like 21 Savage, Young Thug, Offset, Quavo, Playboi Carti, and more. He’s already gained over 2 million followers on Instagram and racked up millions of streams on Spotify and Apple Music.
He’s just 22 years old, but he’s been rapping since he was 13. Born in Miami, Florida, his family moved to Houston when he was three months old. He grew up listening to classic rap albums like NWA’s Straight Outta Compton and Tupac Shakur’s All Eyez On Me. But he didn’t start making music himself until later in high school. At 17, he joined a local group called the Yung Bergz, where he met fellow rappers Offset and Playboi Carti. They became friends and eventually formed the trio Migos.
In 2016, while still attending college, the group signed with Quality Control Management, a label owned by Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. Their self-titled mixtape was released in 2017, and it went platinum within weeks. It featured hits like “Bad & Boujee” and “Fight Night,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The group also appeared on XXL magazine’s Freshmen Class cover.
In an interview with CNN, Jones said that he grew up poor in Oakland, California. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old, and his father left the family soon thereafter. As a child, he had no contact with his father. He began selling drugs at age 12, and got into trouble again when he was 14. At 15, he was sent to live with his grandmother. She took care of him while she worked. When she died, he was forced to move back in with his mother.
He spent much of his teenage years in jail, mostly for drug offenses. He was convicted of felony possession of marijuana with intent sell it in 2010, and was sentenced to two years in prison. Three months later, he was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and given another six-month sentence. In 2011, he was arrested for felony possession of cocaine, and was given three years probation. Two weeks later, he was arrested again for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and cocaine, and received another six-month sentence.
Beginnings & ‘Harder Than Ever’ Album Release Date Revealed”
At 17 Years Old, Lil Baby Is Now A Major Rapper On His Way To Success
Lil Baby, born Darnell Savage Jr., grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He attended high school at South Paulding High School where he played basketball and football. In 2017, he joined the hip hop group 7Gz, along with fellow artists Yung Berg, Travi$ Scott, and Zaytoven. They released their debut project, titled, in July 2017.
In November 2017, Coach K signed Lil Baby to his record label, Quality Control Records. The following month, Lil Baby announced his debut mixtape, titled, via Instagram. The tape was released in February 2018. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.
Baby followed it up with his major label debut album,, in June 2018. It debuted at number three and spawned four singles: “Welcome 2 My Hood”, “Trap House”, “I’m On One” and “Mama Said Knock You Out”.
The album sold over 70,000 copies in its opening week, and became Lil Baby’s highest-charting release to date. It has since been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
2018–2019: Drip Harder and Street Gossip
Lil Baby dropped his debut mixtape Harder Than Ever on Oct. 5, 2018. The project included collaborations with artists such as Young Thug, Offset, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Yo Gotti, and others.
In September 2018, Baby appeared in the Adult Swim television show FishCenter Live. Later that month, he released his mixtapes 17 and 17.1.
On Nov. 8, 2019, Lil Baby released his second studio album titled My Turn. Its lead single, “Woah,” debuted at number 15 on Billboards Hot 100 chart.
2020–present: My Turn and The Voice of the Heroes
Lil Baby’s debut solo project, My Turn, arrived on February 28, 2020. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Lil Baby’s third consecutive album to reach number one. The album stayed there for three weeks, and became the longest-running number-one album since Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys in 2018.
On April 17, 2020, Lil Baby announced he had signed with Atlantic Records. He later revealed that he had been working with DJ Khaled since November 2019. His next release, The Voice of the Heroes, features guest appearances from Young Thug, Gunna, Travis Scott, YG, and others.
In August 2017, Jones began dating model and entrepreneur JaydaCheaves, who appeared in the music video for his single “”. They broke up in October 2018.
Jones had a son, named Jaden Michael, born in April 2016. He has another child, a daughter, named Destiny, born in January 2020.
On June 25, 2019, Jones visited the WhiteHousealong with the family ofGeorgeFloydon the anniversaryof Floydsmurder. On July 24, he attended the BET Awards where he performed “”, alongside artists like Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Post Malone, Future, and many others.
On July 7, 2021, following a night out with NBA star James Harden, singer Iggy Azalea was arrested on a drug charges by police in the 8e arrondissement of the French capital. She was charged with possession of cannabis resin and cocaine. The rapper had been partying with Harden, who was pulled over by cops while driving his Mercedes Benz G63 AMG SUV. While being questioned by police, Harden told officers he didn’t know what was inside the vehicle. He was later released without charge.
Azalea was taken into custody and placed under house arrest for one month. After her release, she posted bail and was required to wear an ankle monitor. Her lawyer argued that it was impossible for her to have smoked anything because she hadn’t left her home since the incident occurred. However, the judge ruled against the defense and ordered her to pay fines of €1,500 ($1,700).