DaBaby’s recent remarks came with a heavy price!
The rapper, born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, has been under fire since his insensitive remarks about HIV/AIDS during his set at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival.
According to Variety, the remarks were followed by disdain from the LGBTQ+ community, and fans of DaBaby began to accuse the rapper of being homophobic.
Rather than an apology, the “Bop” emcee took to his social media to double down on his statements which not only further enraged fans but were just as homophobic as his remarks made during Rolling Loud.
After further digging his own grave, DaBaby was met with cancelations of festivals one by one beginning with Lollapalooza — a festival he was set to headline.
“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” read the announcement. “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”
He was replaced with Young Thug, who was scheduled to perform during an earlier slot.
The Chicago-based festival was the start of a domino effect for DaBaby’s festival dilemma. To date, nearly every concert on his schedule has been canceled which includes headlining slots at several festivals including Can’t Wait Live!, Day N Vegas, the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Music Midtown, and the Parklife Festival.
Currently, the only remaining festival appearances for the North Carolina native are Kansas’ Hot 103 Jamz Summer Jam and Hot 97’s Summer Jam.
Now, despite the fact that DaBaby has been dropped from several festivals, he could very well still receive some of the payouts.
As Variety explained in a tweet, “a ‘morals clause’ is not usually a stipulation forced upon an act by organizers.”
What remains unclear is whether or not DaBaby will be paid for any of the performances. When it comes to festival contracts, a “morals clause” is not usually a stipulation forced upon an act by organizers. https://t.co/dCovXzmAVt
— Variety (@Variety) August 5, 2021
Now, since the headliner was dropped the morning of the festival, what went down in terms of payment? Variety explains it pretty well.
“It’s likely he kept a deposit, typically 10% of the performance fee, which in DaBaby’s case might have netted around $200,000 based on a rate of $2 million,” the outlet explained. “However, another concert-industry insider speculated that, due to the late cancelation, DaBaby could have gotten 50%.”