Lil Baby adds to a growing list of plaques.
On Wednesday (Aug. 11), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified Lil Baby’s 2020 single, “The Bigger Picture,” double-platinum. Released shortly after George Floyd was killed in police custody last summer, the song arrived at a moment when the world was paying more attention to instances of police brutality. On the song, Baby addresses systemic injustices with passionate bars.
“I find it crazy the police’ll shoot you and know that you dead, but still tell you to freeze/Fucked up, I seen what I seen I guess that mean hold him down if he say he can’t breathe It’s too many mothers that’s grieving/They killing us for no reason/Been going on for too long to get even Throw us in cages like dogs and hyenas,” he raps on the track, which became his highest-charting solo single shortly after its release.
Baby’s latest plaque continues a lengthy winning streak. It arrives a two months after the release of Voice of the Heroes, a joint project he released with Lil Durk. After selling 150,000 equivalent album units in its first week, the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
After collabing with Durkio, Baby apparently also has some new music with Drake on the way. He revealed as much during a recent interview in Atlanta’s Diamonds & Watches store. During the interview, he spoke on the way Drake’s writing habits differed from his own.
“I ain’t gon’ lie, I got a song for Drake right now,” he said. “I done went to the studio like two times. I ain’t feel it yet. But it’s like a slow song. It takes me longer to rap cause, like, I don’t really care what I say on a song. You feel me? I just freestyle.”
“But with Drake, I be trying to think about it,” continued the My Turn rapper. “And that’s what makes it harder for me cause, like, I’m thinking. When I don’t even think, I just rap. So then like, cause it’s Drake, I get kind of like, damn…So I gotta make sure. Now it’s kind of like, eh.”
Revisit “The Bigger Picture” for yourself below. Read about his Atlanta back-to-school drive when you’re done.