Last year, Lil Baby sent a huge message by way of “The Bigger Picture,” a socially and politically charged track delivered in the way of George Floyd’s untimely passing and subsequent protests around the country. Today, the Atlanta star brings a performance of the track to the Grammys, and it’s just as powerful as one would expect it to be.
The set begins with was appears to be a loose reenactment of Rayshard Brooks’ death at the hands of law enforcement in front of a Wendy’s, which “Insecure” star Kendrick Sampson playing the role of the tragic life lost. Lil Baby performs the track throughout, with shots of protests, police line-ups, and more — fellow ATLien Killer Mike and activist Tamika Mallory add to the experience with equally amazing appearances. All-in-all, viewers were reminded of the recent chaos that our communities have had to endure, all made even more clear via the song’s infectious hook:
“It’s bigger than black and white, it’s a problem with the whole way of life, it can’t change overnight, but we gotta start somewhere, might as well gon’ ‘head start here, we done had a hell of a year, I’ma make it count while I’m here, God is the only man I fear.../”
“The Bigger Picture” landed on the deluxe edition of Lil Baby’s sophomore album My Turn, which altogether saw 27 cuts with additional appearances from Gunna, 42 Dugg, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Moneybagg Yo, Young Thug, and Rylo Rodriguez. The album proved to be one of the best-selling of 2020, moving an impressive 197,000 album equivalent units during its first week of release and — subsequently — earning Lil Baby his first number one placement on the Billboard albums chart. To date, My Turn is also triple Platinum certified.
Check out the full performance below, along with some behind the scenes footage.