DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup over homophobic remarks

DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup over homophobic remarks
DaBaby has been removed from the lineup of Lollapalooza mere hours before he was supposed to take the stage.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 01, 2021

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DaBaby has been dropped from the Lollapalooza 2021 lineup, mere hours before he was supposed to take the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park. “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect and love,” the festival wrote on Twitter, “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” As a replacement, G Herbo was added to the festival’s lineup, and Young Thug was moved into the headliner slot vacated by DaBaby.

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Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. Young Thug will now perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage. pic.twitter.com/Mx4UiAi4FW

— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2021

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DaBaby’s removal from the lineup is likely a response to the homophobic remarks the North Carolina rapper made at last weekend’s Rolling Loud festival in Miami. “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,” he said during his set, adding “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” The comments were widely condemned by many in the music industry, including Dua Lipa, whose DaBaby collaboration “Levitating” is currently sitting within the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, and Elton John. In response, DaBaby released a music video referencing the controversy, in which he holds up a sign that reads “AIDS”; at the end of the video, a rainbow-lettered message is displayed on-screen, reading “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

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The day before DaBaby’s set was supposed to take place, Kevin Abstract, the openly gay rapper who leads rap boyband Brockhampton, tweeted: “wow brockhampton and dababy really play the same day on the same stage tomorrow”. Over the course of the day, he proceeded to tweet jokes about sucking dick in a parking lot.

wow brockhampton and dababy really play the same day on the same stage tomorrow

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) July 31, 2021

JUS SUCKED A HUGE DICK IN PARKING LOT

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) August 1, 2021

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Kevin Abstract connects with $NOT and slowthai on new single “Slugger”

Kevin Abstract connects with $NOT and slowthai on new single “Slugger”
The track’s release coincides with the debut collection from the rapper’s Video Store Apparel brand.

By Sajae Elder

July 16, 2021

Kevin Abstract, de facto leader of L.A.-based group Brockhampton, shared his new single “Slugger” on Friday. Boasting features from $NOT and UK rapper slowthai, the track was co-produced by Abstract himself alongside Al Hug and fellow Brockhampton member Romil Hemnani.

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In addition to the single, a pared-down Abstract-directed music video finds the rapper and friends modeling clothes from his Video Store Apparel line, the fashion arm of his Video Store creative house. The release of the single coincides with the line’s debut collection, “WARHEAD,” a Spring/Summer ’21 collection set to feature men’s and women’s apparel and a lookbook also shot by Abstract.

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Most recently, Brockhampton dropped their album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE back in April.

Watch the video above and listen to the full track below.

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BROCKHAMPTON brings “Don’t Shoot Up The Party” to Colbert

BROCKHAMPTON brings “Don’t Shoot Up The Party” to Colbert
The single appears on the group’s latest album, ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE.

By Sajae Elder

May 27, 2021

BROCKHAMPTON took to stage on Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to perform their latest single “Don’t Shoot Up the Party,” a standout from their album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE, which dropped back in April.

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Rocking matching jumpsuits, the group’s members performed surrounded by huge LED screens projecting a trippy, glitchy feed of their performance behind them.

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Recently, frontman Kevin Abstract announced via Twitter the band would be sharing their “last 2 albums” this year. With the release of ROADRUNNER, that leaves one final project to be released sometime this year.

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Watch the performance above.

Thumbnail image via Connor Cunnigham.

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BROCKHAMPTON return with new Danny Brown collab “Buzzcut”

BROCKHAMPTON return with new Danny Brown collab “Buzzcut”
BROCKHAMPTON link up with Detroit icon Danny Brown for their first single in a year.

By Shaad D'Souza

March 24, 2021

After an unusually quiet 2020 — their first year without releasing an album or mixtape since 2016 — hip-hop’s premiere boy band BROCKHAMPTON have returned with a new single and video. “Buzzcut” is a collaboration with the iconic Detroit rapper Danny Brown, and is the band’s first official release since roughly a year ago, when they released a remix of “Sugar” featuring Duo Lipa, Jon B, and Ryan Beatty. First teased on bandleader Kevin Abstract’s instagram, “Buzzcut” arrives alongside a new music video, directed and edited by Dan Streit, creative directed by Kevin Abstract, and shot by the band’s Ashlan Grey.

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BROCKHAMPTON’s last album was 2019’s Ginger, which featured collaborations with slowthai, Deb Never, and Ryan Beatty; the same year, they conducted an extensive North American tour supported by slowthai and 100 gecs. Watch “Buzzcut” above.

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