Lil Baby is making a statement on America's broken law enforcement system with his latest track, "The Bigger Picture." 🔥
Channeling his experiences with police growing up and how it's shaped his approach to daily life, Lil Baby blacked out for three action-packed verses guided along by keys and big bass from producers NOAH & Section 8.
One of Baby's most poignant lines describes the chilling reality of some authorities' lack of empathy and overuse of violent tactics against people of color. "I find it crazy the police'll shoot you and know that you dead, but still tell you to freeze," he raps near the beginning of the first verse.
An example of Baby's humility comes when he acknowledges that he's not a perfect role model, but he still wants to encourage his listeners hungry for change to get out and vote.
"I can't lie like I don't rap about killing and dope, but I'm telling my youngins to vote / I did what I did 'cause I didn't have no choice or no hope, I was forced to just jump in and go," he explains.
Meek Mill, who released his own track about inequality in the United States last week, "Otherside of America," tweeted that Baby is "going legend right in front of our eyes!"
Tory Lanez also commented on Baby's one of a kind lyrical display of insight and storytelling, suggesting the powers at be should "just give lil baby a Grammy this year already 🔥😤."
While Baby can rap for days about surface-level subjects like fine jewelry and even finer women, he's increasingly shown his ability to intersperse social issues into his bars.
On "Catch the Sun," which graced the soundtrack of the film Queen & Slim, the Atlanta rapper touches on the way that skin color can cause illogical rifts and deadly results – for those who look like him.
"I come in peace, my heart already set on fire / If it ain't color, what's the difference from you and I? / I'll let you decide or come up with some repeated lies / I'm just tired of my kind gotta be the one to die," he says.