Last year, DaBaby enjoyed one of the best freshman years that any rapper could possibly ever hope to have. Within a 12-month span, the onetime Charlotte underground staple hit the national stage running, released two albums, guested on everybody else’s records, and scored a whole lot of hits. His athletic sprint of a flow and his antic music-video presence were both refreshing breaks from the status quo, and he immediately established himself as a major star. In the past few months, though, DaBaby has run a serious risk of overexposure — an impression only underlined by the rapper’s increasingly erratic actions, including but not limited to the recent episode where he seemingly randomly slapped a woman while making his way to the stage in a Tampa club. So it might not be wise for DaBaby to crank out another new album so soon after his last two. But he’s done it anyway.
Just two days ago, DaBaby announced the impending release of Blame It On Baby, his third album in just over a year. Today, the album is out in the world. On first listen, it’s not terribly different from DaBaby’s last two albums. This time, DaBaby’s got more famous collaborators than ever before, and a few of his songs drift in the direction of narcotized singsong trap. Most of the time, though, DaBaby brings the same frantic and impressive energy that made him so exciting in the first place. That style doesn’t carry the same charge as it did a year ago, but its effect hasn’t worn off yet, either.
The new album features appearances from stars like Roddy Ricch, Future, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Ashanti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Quavo, and DaBaby’s best-ever collaborator Megan Thee Stallion. There aren’t too many big-name producers on the credits sheet, but people like London On Da Track, Wheezy, and DaBaby’s old collaborator JetsonMade make contributions. You can listen to the album below.
Blame It On Baby is out now on South Coast Music Group/Interscope.