DaBaby has just scored his very first No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Rockstar’ featuring Roddy Ricch. The track marks the second single off DaBaby’s third studio album, Blame It On Baby, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 in April. Additionally, ‘Rockstar’ is topping the pop charts in the UK, Australia and Switzerland, among others, while it also hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Ricch, meanwhile, who achieved his first No.1 hit with ‘The Box’ in January, is enjoying a victory of his own. He is now the first artist since 2017 to score his first two No.1 hits in the same year (Ed Sheeran previously held that achievement with ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Perfect’ with Beyoncé).
Blame It On Baby, which marks DaBaby’s second No.1 album, features an all-star line-up of guest talent. In addition to Ricch, the LP features Quavo, Future, Megan Thee Stallion, Ashanti, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, among others. First single, ‘Find My Way’ which preceded the album, was called his “Most stylistically daring track in a minute” by HotNewHipHop.
In an interview with The Guardian earlier this year, DaBaby discussed his rapid rise to fame. “I like pushing the envelope and being creative. I’m a high-level performer – [it’s about] how I can take it to another level. I try not to be complacent in my music or with my performances. I gotta keep it fresh and rock out.” He also acknowledged his predecessors. “I’ve studied the greats”, he explained. “I studied people like Future, Lil Wayne and Kanye, who came up and consistently progressed. I’ve studied all the genius marketers throughout the rap game.”
Earlier this year, the North Carolina rapper teamed up with Lil Yachty and Drake for single ‘Oprah’s Bank Account’. The song, off Yachty’s new album, Lil Boat 3, was accompanied by an epic, comical video that starred all three artists and spoofed the iconic daytime talk show. While Yachty starred as “Boprah”, DaBaby played himself, in an interview with the talk show host.
DaBaby is currently set to appear at the rescheduled Roots Picnic, now taking place on 1 August. Also on the bill are Meek Mill, rising R&B star Summer Walker, Snoh Aalegra, Burna Boy and Thundercat, among others.