DaBaby Responds to Fat Joe Calling Him the 2021 Version of 2Pac

After Fat Joe called DaBaby the 2021 version of 2Pac in an interview with 'Rap City ‘21,' DaBaby got wind of the praise and issued a response.

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After Fat Joe called DaBaby the 2Pac of 2021 in an interview with Rap City ‘21, DaBaby has finally gotten wind of the praise and issued a response on Instagram.

“Agreed,” DaBaby wrote on Instagram with a thumbtack emoji. “But they gone salt that down to Crack,” he wrote with a shhh, quiet emoji.

On the program, which aired prior to the 2021 BET Hip-Hop Awards, host Big Tigger began to play a word association game with Fat Joe, where he would list off a legendary MC, and Joe would have to give the rapper’s 2021 equivalent.

When 2Pac’s name inevitably came up, Joe paused for a moment before answering. “I should know the 2Pac one.” He continued, “I don’t know, it’s hard to be these guys. You be asking some crazy stuff. I would say DaBaby.” 

Joe’s answer had many take to social media to give their two cents, with many pushing back.


DaBaby hasn’t been the most popular rapper as of late. He’s still experiencing some fallout following the homophobic comments he made over the summer. However, the backlash hasn’t slowed DaBaby’s career, as he just released a new song with Lil Wayne titled “Lonely,” where he alludes to the criticism he recieved. The track is his first official release after a series of freestyles this summer, including his “Essence” freestyle, in which he said he believed people were trying to assassinate his character.

“I just feel like, you know, when situations like this present themselves, man, and people try to, you know, assassinate your character, man, assassinate who you are, man, and everything you put that hard work in for, man—sometimes you gotta demonstrate, you know, that’s how I came in,” DaBaby said in between verses. “I don’t mind demonstratin’. I don’t mind exercisin’, you dig what I’m sayin’?”

You can check out the clip of Fat Joe making the 2Pac comparison up top.  

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