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DaBaby “Baby On Baby 2” Album Review

Baby On Baby 2

DaBaby

    • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
    • Date: 23 Sep, 2022
    • Content: explicit
    • Region: USA
    • Track(s): 14
  • South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records; ℗ 2022 Interscope Records

The brief 14 track record, “Baby On Baby 2,” is finished in 31 minutes and basically avoids features save for one track. For DaBaby, it highlights how isolated, distant, and completely lost he seems to be. In some hands, this could bring new attention to the central voice. But all in all, this is quite an unimpressive album that exudes a sense of desperation.

Album Cover Art

Dababy &Quot;Baby On Baby 2&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, November 28, 2022

DaBaby, rocking a hat, a multicolored sweater and jeans with some sneakers on his feet and a heavy iced-out jewelry resting on his chest, sits with his leg crossed as he takes the pose of one with some kind of authority. For whatever reason, his face and hands share similar form with that of a supposed-be-scary bogeyman from a terrible halloween movie.

Tracks and Features

The 14-track album opens with “Go Again,” and it’s straight hood rapping all through. DaBaby rides the typical hardcore hip-hop beat and lays down lines that comprise of nothing but gangsterism and slick talk. He also makes a bit of a reference to his critics as he claims to be one of the best in the game. “Drop Dat Diss” comes in next and follows in the footsteps of the pilot track. The hardcore beat is on point, vocal delivery is just about okay as he speaks against fake friends in addition to similar stuff talked about in the previous song.

“Boogeyman” begins with a brief background harmony that ushers in DaBaby’s vocals. As in previous tracks, gangsterism and slick talk is mostly what he is on about. He also has a word for his critics as he calls them out and implores them to stay in line or get the rewards of “playing games” with him. He speaks against critics who hate him without cause, delivering stern warnings and reminding them the unnecessary hate won’t in any way affect his grind and street cred.

The fourth track on the album, “Socks,” starts off with a dialogue over the phone between two people with the voice of a crying child in the background. DaBaby goes off on braggadocio and slick talk but also speaks against racism. He highlights his love for family and how much he prioritizes their comfort. The instrumental is typical of a Trap-type beat, and there’s also a mimicking of gunshots as the track ends.

“No Condom” starts with a voicemail message from one of his hoes complaining about his attitude towards her. The track also seems to bring to light baby mamas and unprotected sexcapades. He raps against keeping random sexual partners even though he admits to indulging in the same. “Summa Dat” is typical Trap. The background support vocals at the end of each line on the song helps make the slick talk just a tad bearable to listen to.

The only feature of the album, “Blank,” has Anthony Hamilton on chorus duties. His silky vocals coupled with DaBaby’s feisty rap style make the song come alive. Themes of infidelity, reckless loving, divorce and relationship-related issues in addition to sexual explicit content can be heard all over the song. DaBaby and Anthony paint a scenario where an overreacting partner is vengeful on the loose while the other person is trying to talk things through and calm the situation. Anthony blesses the track with his fine R&B/Soul vibe.

“Don’t Let Them Latham,” is the closing track of this album. DaBaby dedicates the song to his family and especially his daughter(s). This track is a projection of family love, and despite the use of heavy vulgar language, which he apologizes for at the end, he speaks his truth, believes in himself and his grind and shows his love for those closest to him. A somewhat befitting end to the album.

Album Theme

Just DaBaby being DaBaby. Slick talk, showoff, hoes, and well, love for family.

Tracklist

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1 GO AGAIN 2:06
2 DROP DAT DISS 1:23
3 BOOGEYMAN 2:06
4 SOCKS 2:51
5 NO CONDOM 1:43
6 SUMMA DAT 1:23
7 STILL 2:29
8 ACT THAT HARD 2:03
9 KEEP IT CUTE 2:16
10 ONE MAN ARMY 2:13
11 CALL OF DUTY 1:15
12 THAT’S WHY I CREEP 3:19
13 BLANK (feat. Anthony Hamilton) 3:19
14 DON’T LET EM LIE 2:17

Production Credits

Producers on the album include: 1st Class, Ambezza, ATL Jacob, Ayo Sim, Ben10k, CD.mp3, Charlie Heat, Cv, DeucesRK, Drxftgod, Fate F250 and good number of other producers.

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