Lil Baby

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Lil Baby
Jones in November 2018
Jones in November 2018
Background information
Birth nameDominique Armani Jones
Born (1994-12-03) December 3, 1994 (age 29)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Rapper[1]
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–present

Dominique Armani Jones[3] (born December 3, 1994), known professionally as Lil Baby, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He rose to mainstream fame in 2017 following the release of his mixtape Perfect Timing, becoming one of the most popular artists in the trap music genre as of now.[4][5]

Lil Baby's first studio album, Harder Than Ever (2018), was certified platinum by the RIAA. It included the song "Yes Indeed" with Canadian recording artist Drake which peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.

He went on to release two more mixtapes in 2018, Drip Harder and Street Gossip. The former mixtape contained his most popular song "Drip Too Hard", which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The latter mixtape peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200.

Lil Baby's second album, My Turn (2020), peaked at number one on the Billboard 200. The song "We Paid", from the album charted at number ten on the Hot 100. In June 2020, he released the single "The Bigger Picture", which peaked at number three on the Hot 100. It became the highest-charting single of his career.

Throughout his career, Lil Baby has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and seven BET Awards.

Early life[change | change source]

Dominique Jones was born and raised in Atlanta. He lived with his mother and 2 sisters while their father is no longer with them.[6]

Career[change | change source]

Shortly after his release from prison in 2016, Jones released his mixtape Perfect Timing. It features from Young Thug, Lil Yachty, and others.

On July 18, 2017, he released his second mixtape titled Harder Than Hard.

On October 9, 2017, Jones released a collaboration mixtape with close friend and fellow Atlanta rapper Marlo, 2 The Hard Way. This mixtape did not create as big an impact as the former two mixtapes. It still gained some attention.

Jones finally started to break through to the masses with his December 2017 mixtape Too Hard. It was led by his hit single "Freestyle", which was released as a music video on November 5 to promote the upcoming mixtape. Through the success of the single, Jones attracted much attention to his mixtape. When the mixtape was finally released, it featured the single "All of a Sudden" featuring fellow American rapper Moneybagg Yo. This mixtape was defining for much of Jones' current career.

In May 2018, Baby released his first studio album, Harder Than Ever, which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was supported by the singles, "Southside" and "Yes Indeed" (with Drake). "Yes indeed" peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. "Life Goes On" featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Gunna charted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On October 5, 2018, after Lil Baby released Harder Than Ever, he released his collaborative mixtape Drip Harder with Gunna. The single "Drip Too Hard" went on to become certified 9x platinum by the RIAA and MC Platinum. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Best Rap/Song Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The mixtape was released under the labels Quality Control, YSL Records, and Motown/Capitol.

In September 2018, Baby appeared on the Adult Swim television series FishCenter Live.

In November 2018, he released his mixtape Street Gossip.

In December 2018, Baby collaborated with Yung Gravy on Gravy's single, "Alley Oop".

He starred in How High 2, the sequel to the 2001 stoner comedy movie How High. How High 2 premiered on April 20, 2019, on MTV.

On June 21, 2019, Baby and fellow Atlanta rapper Future released a single titled "Out the Mud".

On July 17, 2019, Lil Baby appeared alongside DaBaby on the single "Baby". "Baby" was released on Quality Control's second studio album, Control the Streets, Volume 2. The song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On November 8, 2019, Baby released his single "Woah" as the lead single for his second studio album My Turn. The song peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On November 9, 2019, Baby was featured on British YouTuber KSI's song "Down Like That" along with American rapper Rick Ross and British producer S-X. Baby performed it for KSI's ring walk at Staples Center for KSI's fight against YouTuber Logan Paul.

On November 15, 2019, Baby released a song from the movie Queen & Slim, titled "Catch the Sun". It later appeared on My Turn.

On January 10, 2020, Lil Baby released the second single, "Sum 2 Prove", for his album. It reached number 16 on the Hot 100.

On February 28, 2020, My Turn, was released and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. It features guest appearances from Gunna, 42 Dugg, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Moneybagg Yo, Young Thug, and Rylo Rodriguez. My Turn produced 12 songs that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving him a career total of 47 songs on the chart. It put him in a tie with musicians Prince and Paul McCartney.

On May 1, 2020, following the release of the album's deluxe version, My Turn returned to the top spot on the Billboard 200.

On June 12, 2020, Lil Baby released the political song "The Bigger Picture", following the George Floyd protests. The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lil Baby's highest-charting song as a lead artist. His song "We Paid" featuring 42 Dugg from the My Turn deluxe also peaked in the top 10 of the Hot 100.

In July 2020, Lil Baby was featured on late rapper Pop Smoke's "For the Night" from his posthumous first album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. The song reached number six on the Hot 100.

In September 2020, My Turn became the first album of the year to be certified double platinum by the RIAA. "The Bigger Picture" received two nominations at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

On March 14, 2021, Lil Baby performed "The Bigger Picture" at the Grammys to mostly positive reviews. The following day, another collaboration with Drake, "Wants and Needs", debuted at number two on the Hot 100. It passed a previous peak and debuted with "The Bigger Picture" for Jones, becoming his highest-charting song overall.

On June 4, 2021, Lil Baby released his collaborative studio album with Lil Durk, The Voice of the Heroes. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

In July 2021, he released the single "We Win" (featuring Kirk Franklin) for the soundtrack to the sports comedy movie Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Personal life[change | change source]

Jason is the son of Jones which he had from his relationship with his Ex-girlfriend Ayesha. Jayda Cheaves is an entrepreneur and model who fell into a relationship with Jones in 2016.[7]

Discography[change | change source]

  • Perfect Timing (2017)
  • Harder Than Harder: Gangsta Grillz (2017)
  • 2 the Hard Way (with Marlo) (2017)
  • Too Hard (2017)
  • Harder Than Ever (2018)
  • Drip Hard (with Gunna) (2018)
  • Street Gossip (2018)
  • My Turn (2020)
  • The Voice of the Heroes (with Lil Durk) (2021)
  • It's Only Me (2022)

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Award nominations for Lil Baby
Award Year[A] Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
American Music Awards 2020 Himself New Artist of the Year Nominated [8]
"My Turn" Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album Nominated
2021 Himself Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated [9]
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards 2021 Songwriter of the year Himself Won [10]
Winning Rap Songs Baby Won
The Bigger Picture Won
Emotionally Scarred Won
For The Night Won
Leave Em Alone Won
Sum 2 Prove Won
We Paid Won
2022 Songwriter of the year Himself Won [11]
Winning Rap Songs Every Chance I Get Won
Girls Want Girls Won
On Me Won
Rags2Riches 2 Won
Wants And Needs Won
BET Awards 2019 Himself Best New Artist Won [12]
Himself & Gunna Best Group Nominated
2021 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Won [13]
"For the Night" (Pop Smoke featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby) Best Collaboration Nominated
"The Bigger Picture" Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award Nominated
2022 Himself Best Male Hip Hop Artist Nominated [14]
Lil Baby & Lil Durk Best Group Nominated
"Every Chance I Get" (with Lil Durk & DJ Khaled) Best Collaboration Nominated
"We Win" (with Kirk Franklin) Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Won
BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 "Drip Too Hard" (with Gunna) Best Collab, Duo or Group Nominated [15]
2020 "The Bigger Picture" Best Hip Hop Video Nominated [16]
Impact Track Won
Himself Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Nominated
"My Turn" Hip-Hop Album of the Year Nominated
2021 Himself Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Won [17]
"Every Chance I Get" (with Lil Durk) Best Collaboration Nominated
Lil Baby & Lil Durk Best Duo or Group Won
Himself Lyricist of the year Nominated
Himself Hustler of the year Nominated
"We Win" (with Kirk Franklin) Impact Track Nominated
2022 Girls Want Girls Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse Pending [18]
Billboard Music Awards 2019 Himself Top New Artist Nominated [19]
2021 Himself Top Male Artist Nominated [20]
Top Streaming Songs Artist Nominated
Top Rap Artist Nominated
Top Rap Male Artist Nominated
"My Turn" Top Billboard 200 Album Nominated
Top Rap Album Nominated
2022 Himself Top Rap Artist Nominated [21]
The Back Outside Tour Top Rap Tour Nominated
Grammy Awards 2020 "Drip Too Hard" (with Gunna) Best Rap/Sung Performance Nominated [22]
2021 "The Bigger Picture" Best Rap Performance Nominated [23]
Best Rap Song Nominated
2022 Back of My Mind (as featured artist and songwriter) Album of the Year Nominated [24]
Donda (as featured artist and songwriter) Nominated
"We Win" (with Kirk Franklin) Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Nominated
"Hurricane" (with Kanye West and The Weeknd) Best Melodic Rap Performance Won
"Pride Is The Devil" (with J. Cole) Nominated
IHeartRadio Music Awards 2021 Himself Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Nominated [25]
"My Turn" Hip-Hop Album of the Year Won
MTV Video Music Awards 2020 "The Bigger Picture" Best Video with a Social Message Nominated [26]
"We Paid" (Feat 42 Dugg) Song of Summer Nominated
2021 "On Me" (Feat Megan Thee Stallion) Best Hip Hop Nominated [27]
2022 "Do We Have a Problem?" Best Hip Hop Won [28]
XXL Awards 2022 Himself Male Rapper Of The Year Nominated [29]
Lyricist Of The Year Nominated
Performer Of The Year Nominated
The People's Champ Nominated
"Every Chance I Get" (with Lil Durk) Song of the Year Won

References[change | change source]

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  9. "Olivia Rodrigo Leads 2021 American Music Awards Nominations: Full List". Billboard. October 28, 2021.
  10. "2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  11. "2022 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
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  24. "2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Complete Nominations List". Grammy. November 23, 2021.
  25. "2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List Of Winners". iHeart.
  26. Hosken, Patrick (August 30, 2020). "2020 MTV VMA WINNERS: SEE THE FULL LIST". MTV. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  27. Kaufman, Gil (August 11, 2021). "Justin Bieber & Megan Thee Stallion Lead 2021 MTV VMA Nominations". MTV. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  28. Garvey, Marianne (August 29, 2022). "MTV VMAs 2022: See the full list of winners". CNN.
  29. "XXL Awards 2022 Winners". XXL. January 24, 2022. Retrieved February 3, 2022.

Notelist[change | change source]

  1. Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.