Album Review | DaBaby – Baby on Baby

This album was released on March 1st this year. This is pretty much my first time listening to anything DaBaby’s ever done. I’d never even heard of him until I watched an episode of Justin L. Hunte’s YouTube series, The Drip. Shoutout to Justin Hunte. He makes really great content. If you’re not subscribed to his YouTube channel, punch yourself in the face. Anyway, DaBaby is actually from my home state of North Carolina, so I was a little surprised that I’d never heard of him. Not that I’m familiar with every artist that comes outta NC, but it was just kinda weird to me that he seemed to come out of nowhere. After that episode of The Drip came out, it seemed like everyone was talking about him. Since I’ve never heard any of his music, I really don’t know what to expect from this project. Honestly, I don’t think I’m gonna like it that much. A lot of artists that get hyped up on Twitter end up disappointing me. Hopefully I’m wrong though.

1. Taking It Out produced by Sean da Firzt

Oh shit. Okay… This shit is fire. Lmao. I actually really like this beat, and I love how DaBaby starts spittin’ as soon as the track starts. The hook is dope, despite not sounding that different from the actual verse. He sounds really great on this track. His flow is really dope. It’s not really that interesting to me lyrically, but everything else about this track is awesome. This is just a really fun, high energy track. Emphasis on the word “fun.” This shit is dope af.

2. Suge (Yea Yea) produced by JetsonMade & Pooh Beatz

This beat is kinda hard. The first verse was alright I guess… His flow seemed kinda shaky to me honestly. The hook is nothing special. I liked the second verse a little more than the first one, but it still wasn’t that great to me. Hmm… Yeah… This song isn’t really doin’ much for me personally. It seems to be one of the more popular tracks from this project, and I don’t really see why to be honest. Nothing about it stands out to me. The more I listen to this song, the shittier the production sounds to me. The music video was actually pretty entertaining though. That’s definitely the best aspect of this track to me. I don’t think this is bad, but I’m never gonna listen to it again. It has zero replay value. It’s decent though.

3. Goin’ Baby produced by JetsonMade, Eddie Priest & OJ Finessey

The beat on this track is pretty dope. The hook’s kinda cool. Just like with the first song, it doesn’t sound that different from the actual verse. His bouncy flow on the first verse was nice. None of the lyrics really stood out to me though. At one point in the second verse he growls and barks as an ad-lib, and it sounds just like an actual dog. The verse was fine. I’m glad he kinda switched up his flow. The song isn’t amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it to some extent. My favorite thing about it is the hook honestly. His flow was cool on the verses though. This is a solid track. I fuck with it.

4. Pony produced by Pyrex & CuBeatz

This song definitely has one of the best beats on the album so far. The hook’s kinda cool. DaBaby’s flow on the first verse wasn’t bad. Again, none of the lyrics really stand out. There are a few lines about him cheating on his baby mama with “your” girlfriend. He’s pretty goddamn generic lyrically to be honest. He’s not really that different from any other popular rappers out right now. The only difference is he doesn’t sing and he has a slightly better flow. With that said, I think this is one of the better songs on the project so far. It’s mostly because of the production though. I definitely enjoy this song. It’s not really that different from any of the other tracks lyrically, but the beat helps it stand out. This shit is dope.

5. Deal wit It produced by Forty One Six & MARIIBEATZ

This is easily the most underwhelming song on the album so far. Absolutely nothing about it stands out in a positive way. I don’t care for the generic Trap production. There’s only one verse, and it’s average as hell. He has a slightly melodic delivery. I actually kinda liked the lyrics about how he was fucking a guy’s girlfriend, and then she gave him the keys to his house, so he was chilling in the crib of the guy who he cucked. That shit was cold as hell. I don’t really understand why rappers have an obsession with fucking women who aren’t single though. Anyway, this song is really goddamn boring. I’m never gonna listen to it again. It’s easily the weakest track on the album so far. I wouldn’t call it “bad,” but it’s definitely not good. This shit is mediocre to me.

6. Baby Sitter featuring Offset produced by Go Grizzly & MARIIBEATZ

This collaboration makes a lot of sense because DaBaby’s style doesn’t seem that different from that of the Migos to me. Just like with almost every other track, it’s kinda hard to tell where the hook ends and the verse begins. The beat is pretty dope though. The first verse from DaBaby was fine. Nothing about it really stood out much to me. His flow was cool though. Just as I predicted from the title of the song, he rapped about having sex with his baby sitter. Offset’s flow was cool. The actual sound quality of his verse seemed a little weird to me. It sounded kinda muffled. Maybe I’m tripping. Anyway, I like this song. It’s average as hell lyrically, but both of the rappers on this track had cool flows, and the beat is nice. I fuck with this shit. It’s dope.

7. Celebrate featuring Rich Homie Quan produced by Yung Lan

Ehhh… This song is pretty bland to me. I don’t care for the slightly melodic hook from DaBaby. His autotuned verse didn’t do anything for me either. The production’s nothing special. I’m not a fan of the mumble rap verse from Rich Homie Quan. This is definitely one of the weakest songs on the project to me. There’s not a single aspect of it that I actually like. I don’t think I’d call this “bad,” but it’s not good to me at all. It’s really mediocre.

8. Joggers featuring Stunna 4 Vegas produced by Sean da Firzt

Okay, I definitely like this Sean da Firzt guy. This beat is dope. The hook from DaBaby is cool, and I really love how aggressive his flow is on the first verse. It’s still not that great lyrically, but he sounds really good. I actually really like the second verse from that Stunna 4 Vegas guy too. I like his voice. It’s a nice contrast from that of DaBaby. This song didn’t blow me away or anything, but I think it’s really good. It’s one of the best tracks on the project honestly. I enjoyed both of the verses, and the beat is good too. This shit is dope to me.

9. Carpet Burn produced by JetsonMade & 1stClass

I just listened to this entire track. It’s not very good to me. It’s decent though. It’s definitely not one of the worst songs on the project. It’s not something I’ll be returning to though. The production is really the only aspect of the song I was impressed by. I was a little confused by the line where he said he played dead while a girl was giving him oral sex. There’s only one verse on the song. It’s just a really dull track. Again, I like the production, but nothing else stands out enough to make it worth returning to. I think it’s an okay song, but I’m never gonna listen to it again.

10. Best Friend (Remix) featuring Rich the Kid produced by SethintheKitchen

The original version of this song was featured on DaBaby’s Blank Blank mixtape last year. I haven’t heard it, but I can pretty guarantee that I prefer that version over this one because I think Rich the Kid is terrible. He sounds like a Migos reject. Anyway, I like the melodic production on this track. DaBaby is actually a super generic rapper lyrically to be honest. The first verse was fine I guess. I kinda like sung hook. He’s not gonna impress anyone with his singing, but it’s passable. He’s interpolating the hook from SAD! by XXXTENTACION. Rich the Kid’s verse was fucking terrible. He’s somehow even more generic than DaBaby lyrically. He actually kinda reminds me of Kodak Black, mainly due to his heavy accent. I don’t like this song. Honestly, even if Rich the Kid wasn’t on this track I don’t think I’d come back to it. I like the beat, but I wasn’t impressed by any of DaBaby’s verses. The hook got pretty old after a while too. I started liking it less when I realized that he got it from XXXTENTACION. I think this is one of the weakest songs on the album. I wouldn’t call it bad, but it’s not good at all to me. This shit is mediocre.

11. Tupac produced by JetsonMade & Yung Lan

Ehh… I’m really not feelin’ this beat at all. Something about that main loop just sounds really disjointed. This song is under two minutes long. The hook didn’t do anything for me, and I’m not impressed by the verse either.

Everything that I drop is a classic, I’m classical
And she make that dick disappear like it’s magic
My bitch, she do magic, she magical
She came and hopped on my dick on a Saturday

I feel like this is something that could’ve been written by any of the popular Trap artists out right now. It looks like something that 21 Savage or any of the Migos or Young Thug or Lil Baby or Gunna or Future or Lil Uzi Vert or BlocBoy JB would spit. This is definitely my least favorite song on the album so far. This is the only track I’ve heard from DaBaby that I think is legitimately bad. I hate the production, I don’t care for the hook, and the verse didn’t impress me at all. This shit is wack.

12. Backend produced by JetsonMade

This beat is pretty good. This hook is decent. It actually sounds a lot like something Offset would do to me. The first verse did absolutely nothing for me. I’m starting to get really bored. There were more lyrics about fucking other guys’ girls. This is a super average song. The more I listen to it the less I like the production. It’s super repetitive. DaBaby’s performance was very underwhelming. I didn’t care for anything he contributed to this song. This is pretty mediocre to me. It’s definitely one of the weaker songs on the project. I won’t be returning to it.

13. Walker Texas Ranger produced by Producer 20

This song originally appeared on the aforementioned Blank Blank mixtape. It’s one of his most popular singles, so I guess he included it on this project to boost his streams. Kinda like Nicki Minaj did when she included FEFE on Queen. Anyway, I actually think this is a pretty good track. The bouncy production is cool, and DaBaby’s flow is really nice. The first verse is dope. Again, it’s pretty average lyrically, but he sounds really good. The second verse is only like 8 bars long. It didn’t really add much to the song honestly. I don’t mind it though. Overall I think this is a good track. It’s not one of my favorites on the project, but I enjoyed it. It’s dope to me.

This is an okay album. I don’t really see the hype though. Lyrically, DaBaby is a super generic artist. The only thing that really stands out about him even a little bit is his smooth flow. I like when he works with that Sean da Firzt guy. He had the best beats on this project in my opinion. I don’t think DaBaby is a bad rapper. I just don’t really get why so many people seem to love him. He doesn’t seem that different from any other popular rapper right now. He doesn’t stand out to me at all. Hopefully in the future he’ll do more to set himself apart from others. This project in particular didn’t really win me over though. Again, this isn’t bad. I wouldn’t call it good though. It’s just okay to me.

Favorite Song: Taking It Out
Least Favorite Song: Tupac


Grade: C

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