DaBaby allegedly assaults driver after friend makes death threat: A look at the rapper’s history with violence
American rapper and songwriter Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, better known as DaBaby, is in the midst of a controversy that involves physical violence and there is an active arrest warrant to bring in DaBaby for misdemeanor battery.
According to a TMZ report, in November 2019, DaBaby threatened and attacked a Mercedes Sprinter van driver who taxied the rapper and his friends. The incident reportedly took place in Las Vegas. After the driver picked them up, one of DaBaby’s friends allegedly lit a joint, which the driver asked them to stop inside his car. Following that, there was some cursing and threats.
After the driver dropped them at the Hard Rock Hotel and demanded he be paid, DaBaby allegedly punched him in the back of his head and said, “You ain't the boss.” The report further added that one of DaBaby’s friends allegedly told the driver, “You're lucky you're not in my city because I would have killed you c*****r motherf*****.” Following this, the rapper and his entourage got their bags, but not before threatening to kill the driver and leave him on the road.
DaBaby has a history of violence.
In 2018, DaBaby shot and killed a 19-year-old in a North Carolina Walmart, while he was shopping with his then one-year-old daughter, her mother, and her mother’s five-year-old son from a previous relationship. The rapper later claimed in an online video that he acted in self-defense after a gun was pulled on him. The state ultimately dropped charges against the rapper for carrying a concealed weapon.
At the beginning of 2020, DaBaby was arrested in Miami in connection with an alleged robbery and was additionally held on battery charges related to an earlier incident in Texas. The arrest was a result of a confrontation with promoters for the Cafe Iguana Pines venues, where he was apparently scheduled to perform. Reportedly, while promoters had promised Kirk $30,000 for the rapper’s appearance, he was allegedly paid only $20,000.
A verbal altercation soon turned into a physical one and DaBaby allegedly punched one of the promoters before he and his entourage allegedly assaulted the second promoter. DaBaby and his associates also allegedly took an iPhone, a credit card, and about $80 from one of the promoters.
In late 2019, DaBaby had another fiery run-in with a fan in Los Angeles. As can be seen in security footage from a Beverly Hills hotel, the rapper roughed someone up in the hotel lobby. According to reports, the man, a hotel employee, followed DaBaby outside to get a photo. The rapper allegedly said no and went back inside. The employee allegedly followed DaBaby into the lobby, which led to the rapper losing his temper and slamming the man against the wall.
Barely a couple of months ago in March, DaBaby lashed out and hit a woman after she shined the flash from her phone into his face at close range, at the Whiskey North nightclub in Tampa, Florida. DaBaby later apologized on Instagram, saying: “I do apologize that there was a female on the other end … keep in mind, I couldn’t see you because you got the flash this close to me … I wish you could have respected me.”