Dominique Armani Jones (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He rose to attention in 2017 when he released his mixtape Perfect Timing. He is best known for his singles "Drip Too Hard", "Yes Indeed", "My Dawg", "Freestyle", "Close Friends", "Woah", and "Sum 2 Prove".
Lil Baby in November 2018
|Birth name||Dominique Armani Jones|
|Born||December 3, 1994|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Dominique Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was two years old when his father left the family, leaving his single mother to raise him and his little brother. While he was not struggling academically, Jones would repeatedly get in trouble, resulting in him dropping out of high school in the tenth grade. Jones was always looking up to the older guys in his neighborhood. His mother and siblings have talked about how he was very busy and that he was always hustling and getting money.
In early 2012, he was charged for possession with intent to sell among other charges. His original lawyer urged him to take a 2-year plea deal, but Jones refused, and acquired a new lawyer. This new lawyer placed Jones in a special program that would only hold him for a year. While in this program, he got into an altercation with a white prisoner over racial comments. After that, Jones' sentencing was replaced with the original 2-year deal. Later in 2013, he had a charge of possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. Then in 2014, he had another charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell among other things. After being incarcerated for two years, he began his rap career with 4PF (4 Pockets Full) and Quality Control Music.
2016–2018: Career beginnings and Harder Than EverEdit
Shortly after serving two years, Lil Baby dropped his mixtape Perfect Timing. He released this mixtape with musical guidance from fellow rapper and fellow Atlanta native, Young Thug and under the label 4PF (4 Pockets Full), Wolfpack and Quality Control Music. The mixtape featured some well-known names like Lil Yachty and Thug, but primarily featured underground local artists. Although the mixtape had little promotion, it still performed well and managed to gain attention inside and outside the Atlanta rap scene. Shortly after releasing Perfect Timing he released his second mixtape, Harder Than Hard July 18, 2017. The mixtape widened Baby's fame and only gave him more widespread notoriety; with the support of the lead single "My Dawg". On October 9, 2017, Baby released a collaboration mixtape with close friend and fellow Atlanta rapper Marlo, 2 The Hard Way. This mixtape did not create as big an impact as two former tapes, but still garnered some attention. Baby finally started to break through to the masses with his mixtape Too Hard, which was led by his hit single "Freestyle", which was released as a music video prior to his mixtape on November 5. Through the success of the single, Baby attracted much attention towards his mixtape. When the mixtape finally dropped it featured the single "All of a Sudden" with featuring rapper and friend Moneybagg Yo. This mixtape was defining for much of Baby's current career. In May 2018, Baby released his debut studio album, Harder Than Ever, which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was supported by the singles, "Southside" and "Yes Indeed" (with Drake), the latter peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.
2018–present: Drip Harder, Street Gossip and My TurnEdit
After he had released Harder Than Ever, he released his collaborative mixtape Drip Harder with fellow rapper and close friend, Gunna on October 5, 2018. The mixtape was very well received and also featured high-profile and only features on: "Off White VLONE" featuring Lil Durk and Nav, "My Style" featuring Young Thug, and "Never Recover" with Drake. The mixtape had several hits and bumped Baby's popularity up. The lead single, "Drip Too Hard", by both Baby and Gunna, was certified RIAA Platinum. and MC Platinum The mixtape was released under the labels Quality Control, YSL Records and Motown/Capitol.
In September 2018, Baby appeared on the Adult Swim television series FishCenter Live. In November 2018, he released his mixtape Street Gossip and in December 2018, Baby collaborated with Yung Gravy on the latter's single, "Alley Oop".
He starred in How High 2, the sequel to the 2001 stoner film How High, which premiered on April 20, 2019, on MTV. On June 21, 2019, Baby and rapper Future released a single titled "Out the Mud", which was thought to be an album single originally until Baby denied. On November 8, 2019, Baby released his single "Woah" as the lead single for his sophomore album My Turn. He also released "Toast Up" on the same day with Spark the Beat winners Ali Tomineek and Shad on The Beat, with the former also appearing on Netflix's Rhythm + Flow.
On November 15, 2019, Baby released a song from the film Queen & Slim titled "Catch the Sun", which was also on Baby's second studio album My Turn, as a promotional single. On January 10, 2020, Baby released the second single, "Sum 2 Prove", for his album. The album, My Turn, was released on February 28, 2020 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. After the commercial success of Baby's album My Turn, 12 songs off of the album reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which gave him a career total of 47 songs on the chart, putting him at a tie with rock-star Prince and singer for The Beatles, Paul McCartney.
Shooting in BirminghamEdit
During Lil Baby's concert in Birmingham, on March 8, 2020, gun fire popped off the side of the stage, which had Baby and much of the audience running for safety. A Twitter video surfaced that showed the incident, where two men entered the stage and appeared to be looking for a way out. Almost immediately after their entering, gun shots were heard. Reportedly, one was taken to the hospital after the shooting. According to a police officer, the victim's injuries are life-threatening. As of yet, no suspect has been arrested.
Sometime in 2018, Jones started dating his current girlfriend, Jayda Cheaves, and on February 18, 2019 they had a child together.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Year[A]||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Category||Result||Ref.|
|BET Awards||2019||Himself||Best New Artist||Won|||
|Himself & Gunna||Best Group||Nominated|
|BET Hip Hop Awards||2019||"Drip Too Hard" (with Gunna)||Best Collab, Duo or Group||Nominated|||
|2020 Grammy Awards||2020||"Drip Too Hard" (with Gunna)||Best Rap/Sung Performance||Nominated|||
- Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
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- "Lil Baby and Gunna Land Eight Tracks From 'Drip Harder' On Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
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- "Lil Baby- PREACHERMAN Official Documentary". YouTube. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
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- "Gold & Platinum". RIAA.
- "Drip Too Hard - Single by Lil Baby & Gunna". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- "Fishcenter Live - Lil Baby - Adult Swim". Adult Swim. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
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- "Lil Baby Releases New Project 'Street Gossip'". CapitolRecords. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
- "Lil Baby Assists Yung Gravy On "Alley Oop"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
- Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2019). "'How High 2': Mike Epps To Reprise Baby Powder Role In MTV Sequel; Premiere Date Set". Deadline Hollywood.
- Blistein, Jon (2019-06-21). "Hear Lil Baby, Future Pull Gold From Grit on New Song 'Out the Mud'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
- Saponara, Michael (November 8, 2019). "Lil Baby Wants to Inspire the Street Hustlers With 'Woah'". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
- "Lil Baby Is Back With "Toast Up" Ft. Ali Tomineek & Shad On The Beat". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
- Caulfield, Keith (March 8, 2020). "Lil Baby Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'My Turn'". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
- Coleman III, Vernon. "Lil Baby Ties Prince and Paul McCartney for Number of Billboard Hot 100 Hits". XXL. XXL Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
- Hughes, Hilary (March 8, 2020). "Lil Baby's Birmingham Show Ended in Chaos After Shooting". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Robinson, Carol (March 8, 2020). "Lil Baby rap concert shut down in Birmingham after shots fired; 1 taken to hospital". AL. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- D'Angelo, Bob (March 8, 2020). "1 hospitalized after shots fired at Lil Baby rap concert in Alabama". KIRO-TV. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Aswad, Jem (March 8, 2020). "One Person Shot After Gunfire Erupts at Lil Baby Concert in Alabama". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Centeno, Tony. "Lil Baby Welcomes New Son Into World". xxlmag.com. XXL Magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
- Warner, Denose (June 23, 2019). "Here Are All the Winners From the 2019 BET Awards". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "Cardi B Leads 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards With 10 Nominations: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
- "2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Winners List". Grammy.com.