Lil Baby has been joining fellow protesters in his hometown of Atlanta to fight against police brutality and the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Last week, Lil Baby revealed that he was assisting Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms in creating a police reform plan and now the rapper’s activism is being praised by the city council.
City Councilman Antonio Brown applauded Lil Baby in an Instagram post on Sunday (June 7).
“When we first met he showed up in a worn black t-shirt, some joggers and [Balenciaga] sneakers,” Brown wrote of Baby. “No jewelry or entourage. His driver patiently waited outside while we talked for hours. I thought because everyone called him [Lil Baby] that he would have this huge ego and only care about superficial sh*t. Instead he spoke about how much he loved business, fashion and lifting up his community.”
“The next day we marched down Mitchell Street with our fist in the air yelling — No Justice, No Peace as he leaned over and whispered in my ear, ‘this is what matters!’ See he understood his calling was greater than the streets — it was to change the streets. To inspire the people to see beyond their environment and conditions that silently kept them unconsciously imprisoned,” the post continued.
“After marching for an hour, a white business owner brought out some waters to the crowd of walking protesters. As he was handing out the waters Lil Baby ran over to him and gave him $500. I looked up at him and smiled because if I was rich that’s something I would’ve done.”
Lil Baby has been long been an advocate for giving back to his home city. Earlier this year, he launched the My Turn Scholarship Fund at his old high school. Over the weekend, he also shared a photo of himself at a Black Lives Matter protest and reminded fans that “Your vote will count!”
Read the rest of Councilman Brown’s post about Lil Baby below.