The Charlottesville rhymer made the boastful claim while a guest at Math Hoffa’s My expert opinion interview show, saying that he avoids rapping about negative aspects of his life because he doesn’t want to exploit it, but that if he rapped at that caliber, he’d be as good as the aforementioned GOAT’s.
“If I don’t feel like you don’t know about this shit, I’m not going to try to exploit my real life anyway, I’m just pretending,” Baby said. “So when it comes to suffering pain or anything that affects me or affects someone I love, I couldn’t go running around taking advantage of that shit. I can’t do it.”
He went on to say that he is in the “music business” and that his music caters to what his fans are feeling at the moment.
“Ok you can put this beat on and I wanna go Eminem level on that bitch you gotta get one of them to come with me. You gotta get Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, I wanna have no disrespect to anyone but a boy, raise your hand,” said Baby. “I like that. N-ggas knows it too, and I’m like that really, I don’t need to talk about other people’s history. I want to talk about me.”
This is hardly the first time the “Bop” rapper has made such a claim. Moments before running through an LA Leakers freestyle back in February, Baby made similar claim and said that someone must put him in the stall with a legend.
“Don’t freak out,” he told Justin Credible and DJ Sour Milk. “I like to turn people up, I like to make people feel good, but at the same time you gotta get Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole for me, n-gga. Us, JAY-Z. You have to go get them.”
During another freestyle he delivered to Funk Flex in October, Baby rapped about how he feels lyrically on a level featuring 50 Cent, Will Smith and even the late 2Pac.
“Try to make me a pop star forget Imma jump off on every n-gga/ Try me, I’ll make it hotter than hot sauce on Billboard with the young n-ggas still sitting outside my bounce house.” he raps. “I’m the only one with the most to lose, but the first to drop the shots.”
The latest series of claims comes as Baby faced dismal first week sales for its latest project Baby On Baby 2which moved 16,000 album-equivalent units and 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.