Having struggled as a teen and spent a few years in prison, Lil Baby decided to make a U-turn and focus on having a better life. He ventured into music and has succeeded in turning it into a successful career for himself with the extraordinary efforts he has been putting in. The famed artist is a rapper whose songs have at one time or the other earned spots on the US Billboard Chart which is an attestation to how good he is.
We might not be completely wrong to say that Lil Baby’s secret to accelerated success is his prison experience which formed the basis of a good number of his albums, mixtapes, and singles.
Lil Baby’s Rise to Prominence was Preceded by a Life of Troubles
Born as Dominique Jones on the 3rd of December 1994, Lil Baby’s spent a better part of his formative years in Atlanta Georgia where his life was quite tough. The rapper’s troubled life was thanks to the fact that his dad became an absentee father when was just two years old, and as a result, he was single-handedly raised by his mom.
As a child who suffered from a lack of fatherly love, Jones took to various illicit activities and was often referred to as a heady child. By the time he was in tenth grade, he had committed a lot of ill deeds which led to his dropping out of high school. Lil Baby didn’t take a chill pill after he dropped out of school; the lad took to the streets and was a regular in the county police. In 2012, he was arrested for intent to sell drugs which led him to secure the services of a lawyer who advised he should take a 2-year plea; however, Lil Baby refused and got a new lawyer. With the new lawyer, he was placed on a special disc program.
While he was still being disciplined, Dominique had an altercation with a white prisoner which led to the cancellation of his initial 2-year plea. Things got worse for him the following year; he was found with marijuana for which he got arrested. Subsequently, the would-be star was incarcerated for 2 years and it was at this time that his rapping career began with 4PF (Four Pockets Full) and Quality Control Music.
His Experience in Prison Formed the Basis for His Debut Mixtape
Shortly after he left the prison, Lil Baby began his musical career in 2017 with the release of his debut mixtape; Perfect Timing in April 2017 under Caroline Records. The success of the album was a joint work involving the collaborations of most of his childhood friends.
Later on, Lil Baby revealed that the mixtape took only two days to be recorded and it was then that he realized that he truly had a flair for music. The lyrics of most of the songs involved his experiences in the prison with tracks like Days Off, 100 Round, and Rider. He worked with celebrated artists like Young Thug, Lil Yatchy, Young Scooter, and Gunna on the project.
His Second Mixtape Followed Closely Behind
After the success of his first mixtape, Lil Baby went ahead to release his second mixtape, Harder Than Hard in July 2017. The track My Dawg became one of the number one hit that period with the official video having over 16.9 million views on YouTube. Other tracks in the album include Narcs, My Drip, Minute, and Stendo featuring 4PF DT. He also collaborated with Young Thug on the track, Pink Slip.
On the 9th of October 2017, Lil Baby collaborated with Marlo (a close friend and fellow Atlanta rapper) and released the mixtape 2 The Hard Way. Though the mixtape didn’t make as much impact as the last two, it was still able to gather a good level of attention. It included songs like Big Tymers and featuring PnB rock in the second track, Whatchu Gon Do. He later released two other singles; Counted Up In the Dark (2017) and Too Hard (2017). In those tracks, Lil Baby worked with artist like Moneybagg Yo, 21 Savage, Quavo, and Gucci Mane.
He Finally Began to Make Impact with His December 2017 Mixtape
Finally, the struggling rapper began to break through to the viewing audience via his mixtape Too Hard which came to light in December 2017. It was led by the hit single titled Freestyle which he dropped as a music video on the 5th of November to promote the forthcoming mixtape.
The success of Freestyle drew the needed attention to his mixtape when it eventually came to light. The much-anticipated mixtape was finally dropped with singles like All of a Sudden featuring rapper Moneybagg Yo – Lil Baby’s close friend.
Come May 2018, he released his first studio album, Harder Than Ever by 4PF, Wolfpack, Quality Control, Motown, and Capitol Records. The album which was supported by singles like Yes Indeed (featuring Drake) and Southside was a success and peaked at the number three spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Yes Indeed peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
His Collaborative Mixtape Drip Harder was a Huge Success
Harder Than Ever was succeeded by his collaborative mixtape Drip Harder with Gunna – a fellow rapper and close friend on the 5th of October 2018. The mixtape which was well-received embodied the spirit of Lil Baby‘s recurring mantras which is sharing success with his crew; the mixtape is stacked with back-to-back bangers including tracks like Off White VLONE featuring Nav and Lil Durk, Never Recover with Drake, and My Jeans featuring Young Thug. The mixtape could boast of several hits bumping Lil Baby’s popularity up.
The lead single, Drip Too Hard which was done in collaboration with Gunna, was certified RIAA Platinum as well as MC Platinum. The song became the rapper’s most popular track, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and emerged as a nominee for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020. The credit for recording Drip Harder goes to record labels like YSL Records, Quality Control, and Motown/Capitol.
He Started Joggling Acting With Rapping From 2018
Combined with his music career, the rap artist delved into the movies and TV shows, FishCenter Live the Adult Swim TV series featured him in September 2018. His mixtape Street Gossip came to light the next month, and he appeared in collaboration with Yung Gravy in his single, Alley Oop.
Lil Baby played the lead in How High 2 – a sequel to How High. On the 21st of June 2019, he dropped the single Out the Mud alongside Future. The next month, he joined Dababy on the single Baby which was released on Control the Streets, Volume 2 – a Quality Control’s second studio album.
He dropped his single Woah which became the lead single for his second studio album entitled My Turn on the 8th of November 2019; the track peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The same day also saw the release of the single Toast Up. Serving as a promotional single a song from the movie Queen & Slim, called Catch the Sun. Lil Baby dropped this number on the 15th of November 2019 and it is also part of his second studio album My Turn.
Lil Baby Has Recorded Some Quality Songs in Recent times
The second single from the album My Turn dropped on the 10th of January 2020, the single which was titled Sum 2 Prove peaked at #16 on the Hot 100. When My Turn finally came to light on the 28th of February 2020, it made it all the way to #1 on the US Billboard 200 with 12 tracks off the album hitting the Billboard Hot 100 chart; this gave the rapper a total of 47 tracks on the chart, putting him in the same category with the likes of Paul McCartney and Prince.
The release of the deluxe version for My Turn on the first of May brought it back on the top spot on the Billboard 200. His single The Bigger Picture was released on the 12th of June 2020 amid the George Floyd protests, addressing a broad issue in connection to the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter Protests. The track resonated with the masses, Africans, Caucasians, and Americans alike, debuting at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the rapper’s highest-charting song. He has released several other songs and featured in many collaborations since then. He was the cover of RollingStone for which he took to Instgram to express his gratitude.
He Started Dating Jayda Before He Became Famous
Lil Baby has been in a relationship with a lady named Amour Jayda. Sources say that the two have been together for quite a long time. According to reports, they got engaged on the 25th of December 2018 with their first child on the way. The records went further to reveal that the duo was already an item in 2016 before the rapper emerged to the limelight.
Though Lil Baby was never vocal about his relationship with Jayda, she has been spotted with him in public and was very much active behind the scenes. In a 2018 interview with DJ Smallz, Jayda spoke on how she would be in the studio with Lil Baby all night. When the rapper was not taking rap seriously, Jayda was one of those that told him he was going to make it big.
The Jayda/ Lil Baby Relationship Seem To have Hit The Rocks
From what is perceivable, the rapper and Jayda seem to have called it quits after she gave birth to his son in February 2019. After Lil Baby made it clear in an interview that he was not in love with the mother of his child, Jayda who received the clip afterward wasn’t a bit surprised at his remark.
The rapper’s comment may explain why he didn’t take his baby mama to the Grammy awards despite the fact that she flew out to attend the function with him. Jayda flew back home in anger after the rap artist showed up at the awards alone; this is a sure indication that their relationship has hit the rocks, besides, more break-up rumors were sparked when Jayda deleted all his photos from her Instagram.
Even with their relationship not working out, Lil Baby still takes care of his baby with her. According to the artist, they already have a baby that binds him them together and thus, they must co-parent. When questioned about his love life, the rapper said he loves his bachelor life very much and isn’t ready to be tied down with any woman. However, the two were spotted kissing recently which raises many questions regarding their possible reconciliation. Apart from his child with Jayda, Lil is rumored to have a baby boy named Jason with another woman.