Since emerging as an undeniable hip-hop superstar in 2019, DaBaby has developed a reputation for his eager, relentless, and packed to the brim flow.
Whether coming via his own songs ("BOP") or a featured verse ("Under The Sun"), the North Carolina rapper's back-to-back cadence has become so recognizable that it's taken on a life of its own on the internet.
In the lead-up to his latest album, Blame It On Baby, you couldn't help but notice the trend of jokes surrounding Baby's consistent use of the same flow. "Someone said DaBaby starts rapping 3 business days before the beat," read one tweet.
"BREAKING: Popular Rapper DaBaby arrested for having the same flow on every song," read another.
On new songs like "BLAME IT ON BABY," DaBaby successfully experiments with an unfamiliar descending rhyme pattern while directly responding to the jokes and opinions.
"'I thought he couldn't switch the flow, how the hell he switchin' the beat up?' / They don't know who they fuckin' with, do this shit with my feet up," he raps.
With other tracks on Blame, though, such as "SAD SH*T," he moves too far away from the more natural, rap-first approach that originally put him on the map, leading to mixed reviews.
During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, DaBaby talked about this criticism and the risk of presenting too much of a different sound.
"As far as switching the flow, I have no problem rapping circles around any one of these n***as," he said near the 7:14 mark of the conversation.
"I couldn't find myself entertaining that. I could joke about it just like I joke about everything else... I'll make a conscious album right now, I'll record the whole shit today. On some J. Cole vibes. Joyner Lucas. I can get in there, too. At the end of the day, I understand what's going on. You gotta milk the game. You gotta take advantage of it. I switch it too quick, you ain't gon' like it. You gon' be like 'Damn Baby, I wanted you to turn me up.' When you got something going, you would be a fool to step on your own toes and go left with it."
You can watch the full interview below.