Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby, real name Johnathan Kirk, rose to mainstream fame in 2019 after his debut album Baby On Baby with lead single “Suge” met with great success. The rapper has made headlines in the past year for many controversies but despite the incidents, the Charlotte native has gone on to partner up with his peers such as Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Roddy Ricch to name a few, and made several hits.
Check out DaBaby’s top 10 songs ranked:
The "Baby's" link up for this Quality Control collab. The 2019 hit features DaBaby and Lil Baby rapping about their extravagant lifestyles by chilling on private planes, getting money, and speaking on their past lives. The pair have been featured together on several hits including Pop Smoke's "For The Night" and Lil Baby's "Baby Shower." "Baby" peaked at No. 11 Hot R&B Billboard Chart and No. 21 on the Hot 100 Billboard Chart.
"Cash S---" is the song that started off multiple collaborations between DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion. The two rappers would go on to collaborate on DaBaby's "Nasty" and Megan's "Cry Baby." In this song, the artists rap about flaunting their loads of cash. The song went on to peak at No. 16 on the Hot R&B Billboard Chart and No. 36 on the Hot 100 Billboard Chart. The song went 2x platinum in 2021.
"Popstar" is off of DaBaby's sophomore album 'Kirk,' a reference to his biological name Johnathan Kirk. In "Popstar," the rhymer raps about haters saying he's "going pop" but makes it clear in his lyrics that he is the same person he was before the fame, "They gone say I went 'Pop' (Ah-huh)/Until a n---- play with me and he get popped (Yeah)." The song went certified gold in 2021.
The 2x platinum hit "VIBEZ" is from DaBaby's sophomore album 'Kirk.' The 2019 hit peaked at No. 12 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Charlotte native raps about his luxury lifestyle and just vibing out, "I just hopped off a private plane and went and hopped on 85 (yeah)/Go call my chauffeur, b----, 'cause I don't like to drive/We in Suburbans back to back and we gon' fill 'em up with vibes (let's go)."
"Suge" co-producer Jetsonmade returns for "BOP" and just as the Charlotte rapper says in the song "Jetson made another one" he wasn't lying. "BOP" went 3x platinum in 2021 and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list.
"Under the Sun" is from the third installation of Dreamville's compilation album 'Revenge of the Dreamers III.' DaBaby's verse begins rapping about Black men's choices in jewelry which can give them a stereotype of their whole persons, "I just put diamonds on all of my teeth/Now they probably think I ain't intelligent." He then raps about his haters and him getting the last word. The song was well-received by fans and went certified platinum in 2020.
The Lil Wayne assisted track "Lonely" references the suicide of DaBaby's older brother and how it feels to be alone at the top. The Charlotte rhymer raps, "Ain't no love at the top, just a lonely n----/Ain't no love at the bottom either/All these blood-suckin' leachers and bottom feeders." The music video has DaBaby dressed as the Joker and as a psychiatric patient bringing havoc on the hospital.
Although many controversies of the Charolotte rapper had him later removed from the "Levitating" remix, DaBaby made "Levitating" a standout hit and opened him up to a pop fanbase. Lipa sang this song with DaBaby at the 2021 Grammy Awards which Lipa won "Best Pop Vocal Album" for 'Future Nostalgia' later that night. The song spent 41 weeks of the year in the Hot 100's Top 10 and the song is now 4x certified platinum as of this year.
The title of "Suge" references Marion "Suge" Knight the co-founder of Death Row Records. In an interview, DaBaby revealed that he and hitmaker producer Jetson made made the song in around 10 to 15 minutes. "Suge" is one of DaBaby's biggest solo successes as the song went 4x certified platinum in 2019.
The four-time Grammy-nominated single is the first collab between DaBaby and Roddy Ricch. In this song, DaBaby and Roddy compare the lives of rock stars and rappers. DaBaby addresses the 2018 Walmart incident where he fatally shot a man attempting to rob him and his daughter at gunpoint in the song. Amid the protest movement following the killing of George Floyd, DaBaby released a fiery "BLM" (Black Lives Matter) remix of the song on June 12, 2020 where he recounts his experiences as a Black man in America and a rapper climbing to the top. The song went on to later become 5x platinum-certified by the RIAA. The song spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making it DaBaby's first No. 1 hit.