Why did DDG quit YouTube? Rapper announces retirement, deletes his old videos
Rapper DDG announced on Tuesday, June 15, that he will be quitting YouTube via a video titled “I retire.” He posted the same message to Twitter as well, after which #DDGQuit began trending as fans of the musician were heartbroken to find out that their idol was leaving the popular streaming platform.
DDG, whose real name is Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr, tweeted "new beginnings & new goals" before posting the link to his last video on YouTube, writing, "i retire... https://youtu.be/g8NEyfUuEKk via @YouTube." To assure fans that the decision to quit YouTube was for his own good, the rapper wrote in another tweet, "The Music only gonna get better just believe in me #DDGQuit." While DDG's decision is really surprising and it is hard to imagine how the music community will deal with his absence with all the not-so-positive news surrounding rappers. Recently, rapper Lil Loaded killed himself and earlier in January, Lil Greg was in the Studio Nineteen barbershop, at 1931 S State St, on January 28, when a gunman walked in and shot him in the face killing him.
new beginnings & new goals— DDG (@PontiacMadeDDG) June 15, 2021
The Music only gonna get better 🎶💉 just believe in me #DDGQuit— DDG (@PontiacMadeDDG) June 16, 2021
Why did DDG quit YouTube?
In the video, DDG explained that he quit YouTube because he wanted to focus on his music career and that that it was the last time he would be addressing his fans on the channel.
"I feel like I gave so much to this YouTube. I have been doing this for six years. It was all my life. I want some type of mystery to my life. You know what I meant. You got to know me for six years We got to know each other. You know my family at this point. You know where I am from, what college I went to. Everything is documented. That’s the good part of you knowing me," he explained. “But for the new people who discover me, I only want them to know my music. I want to be more closed off. I want to be more mysterious. I want to focus strictly on being an artist.”
After posting the final video where he explained his stance behind quitting YouTube, DDG revealed he had deleted all the contents from his YouTube channel, called PontiacMadeDDG VLOGS. As a result, the channel presently carries only his retirement videos. Before he quit the platform he had 2.51 million followers on the channel.
His decision to quit came days after he won against Nate Wyatt in YouTube vs TikTok fight. Incidentally, after he won the fight against Wyatt, he had hinted that he would be leaving YouTube. “This boxing thing was like, okay, let me go ahead and do one big thing before I decide to make this leap and stop doing it. I went in there and got the win. I did not get the knockout, but I went and got the win. Shut the internet down. I put my whole rap career on the line. It was a gamble," he said. "This is a good way to end it off and for people to remember me.”
'End of an amazing era'
As soon as he made the announcement, fans were split on whether they should be happy about the singer chasing a new direction in his career or heartbroken about the fact that he was no longer going to showcase his music on YouTube. "#ddgquit one of my favorite youtubers ever! I’ve been watching for over 4 yrs and I’m so excited for you to really take this next step into your music! Fav memories of you would definitely be the older vlogs with flight chino and McQueen! I wish you all the success in the world!" one of them said.
Another commented, "DDG bro u could’ve at least left the old videos up for us bro #DDGquit," One more quipped, "#DDGQUIT figuring out what I’m suppose to watch at 2am now." The next remarked, "End of an Amazing era. #DDGQuit." One more reacted with, "#DDGQuit never meet a nigga so inspiring in my whole entire life he helped me get through sadness an depression when no one ever knew he made me take basketball so serious to another level an I love you I hope you do the best an do your thing go crazy on your music career." A commenter tweeted, "If you been watching ddg since 2016 you know the pain #Ddgquit." A person reacted with, "Been watching ddg since he was in college dating essence pain #DDGQuit."
#ddgquit one of my favorite youtubers ever! I’ve been watching for over 4 yrs and I’m so excited for you to really take this next step into your music! Fav memories of you would definitely be the older vlogs with flight chino and McQueen! I wish you all the success in the world! pic.twitter.com/FwJgOKbbUa— jacob ♫ ♡ (@joannesmonsterr) June 16, 2021
#DDGQuit never meet a nigga so inspiring in my whole entire life he helped me get through sadness an depression when no one ever knew he made me take basketball so serious to another level an I love you ❤️ I hope you do the best an do your thing go crazy on your music career pic.twitter.com/J4OuyQkZnW— nicholas (@nichola72284659) June 16, 2021