DaBaby Addresses Ludacris Comparison: ‘I Feel Like That's Too Commonly Used’

DaBaby talks about the comparison Lil Duval made between him and Ludacris, and how he's been inspired by Luda, Busta Rhymes, and other artists.


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DaBaby is setting the record straight on comparisons he’s been getting to one of his inspirations, Ludacris.

In a new interview with Billboard on the BET Awards red carpet last night, Baby clarified that while he thinks he and Ludacris are two different artists, he’s been inspired by many rappers from that generation.

“I wouldn’t even say we’re one of the same,” Baby said. “I feel like that’s too commonly used. I think people use that too lightly. I was inspired by Ludacris’ creativity with his music videos. [I was inspired] by a lot of people. Not only people like Ludacris, but people like Nelly. I mean, everybody.”

Baby continued by explaining that he’s been inspired by Ludacris’ visuals the same way he has been with Busta Rhymes.

“I feel like as the generations unfolded, people from every era was inspired by somebody from the era before them. Even when it boils down to 50 Cent, Eminem, and Mystikal, everybody’s videos used to be crazy. Busta Rhymes’ videos used to be crazy [too]. So I definitely was inspired by Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, and several other artists with their music videos.”

Previously, comedian Lil Duval drew the initial comparison, calling DaBaby “this generation’s Ludacris.”

Da baby is this generation Ludacris

— lil duval (@lilduval) June 24, 2021

Duval then focused on some of the similarities in visuals between old Ludacris videos and current DaBaby ones.

Come on nih y’all hating if y’all don’t see it 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/yzyYosiNmC

— lil duval (@lilduval) June 24, 2021

Duval’s comparison set Twitter ablaze, with many questioning if DaBaby’s lyrical ability is on par with Ludacris’ in his prime. However, Duval later clarified that he was not trying to compare the two rappers in that way; rather, he saw some general similarities between the two.

Not that i care, but when did the debate turn into who’s the most lyrical? I never compared da baby lyrical skills or career to Luda. That’s how y’all took it cuz that’s how y’all wanted to interpret it 😂😂😂😂😂 but continue

— lil duval (@lilduval) June 24, 2021

During the interview, DaBaby also spoke about working with his pop artists.

“I’m still staying true to myself,” DaBaby said. “It never was my goal to stay in a bubble. I’m all over the place, and there’s so much I can do as an artist. I’m never gonna stay in a box. I’m gonna do as much as possible.”

You can read more of the interview here.

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