Years from now, when we look back on the rappers that defined 2019, we’ll think of DaBaby.
At this point, there’s no denying that the 27-year-old Charlotte artist is the year’s biggest breakout rapper. Since dropping his album, Baby on Baby, in March, DaBaby has bulldozed his way into the upper echelon of the rap game. Over the summer, he scored his first top 10 hit on the Billboard 100 with “Suge,” before ruling the charts with a string of stellar guest appearances: upstaging A-list rappers like J. Cole (“Under the Sun”), Chance the Rapper (“Hot Shower”), and Post Malone (“Enemies”), as well as rising stars Megan Thee Stallion (“Cash Shit”), Lil Nas X (“Panini (Remix)”), and Lizzo (“Truth Hurts (Remix)”), on their own singles.
This fall, DaBaby’s meteoric rise culminated with the September release of his second album of the year, Kirk. In addition to debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the project achieved another career high for the rapper. With all 13 songs from Kirk charting on the Hot 100, DaBaby tied Post Malone for the most entries among all artists this year (20).
In celebration of DaBaby’s hot streak, here are the 20 best songs in his catalog, ranked.