DaBaby calls BS on months-long rumors of having to give away free tickets to his shows due to low sales.
With a video of a packed venue from his Atlanta tour stop on Thursday night (November 17), the “Suge” rapper let his fans and critics know not to believe the hype.
“Whoever pays them blogs to post that shit needs to get them money back,” he wrote with a crying laughing emoji. “It doesn’t work n-gga. We show up in real life and we turn the shit on its head.”
Check out DaBaby’s post below:
Rumors of poorly selling shows for the North Carolina rapper began in August then his New Orleans show was canceled.
NOLA.com reported that fewer than 500 advance tickets had been sold for the 14,000-seat arena, some of which went for as little as $35. That the rapper’s booking agent rejected however, reports said the issue was instead a breach of contract on the part of the promoter.
Earlier this month, DaBaby’s troubles once again became a trending topic when various Twitter users pointed out that there a “buy one, get one free” ticket offer for his show in Birmingham, Alabama on November 15th. Tickets were listed at $22 with a $5.92 fee, with two tickets available for the price of one at the 1,300-capacity venue.
The latest claim of ticket controversy came hours before the video he posted from Atlanta, when a woman claimed on Twitter that DaBaby came to her job at the Cheesecake Factory in an attempt to hand out free tickets to a show he was doing the following day – a gesture, she said, was rejected by herself and several colleagues.
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) 19 November 2022
Amidst the ticket woes, DaBaby’s Baby On Baby 2 the album’s dismal first week sales added to its apparent fall from grace as its 16,000 album-equivalent units didn’t even reach the top 20 on the Billboard 200. This paled in comparison to his previous release, the 2020s Blame it on babywhich debuted at No. 1 with 124,000 album-equivalent units.
DJ Akademiks suggested the rapper was “blackballed” by the music industry, which is a sentiment both Meek Mill and Boosie Badazz echo in agreement.
The North Carolina native doesn’t seem to buckle under the pressure, but responds to low sales with a pat on the back. “Not bad for da BlackBalled Baby,” he wrote on his Instagram Stories at the time.
The rapper’s fall from grace is likely linked to his controversial Rolling Loud performance in the summer of 2021, where he decided to to bring out Tory Lanez as his special guest – just before Megan Thee stallion.
But the biggest backlash came later in his performance he made some homophobic comments that quickly forced corporate sponsors, collaborators and others to condemn the rapper.