Lil Baby Wants No Parts In Politics: I Don’t Want To Be Malcolm X Or Martin Luther King
While Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture” became an anthem amid the call for justice in Atlanta in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the rapper said he no longer wants to be in the political conversation.
While Lil Baby took to Instagram to say he’ll work with Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on police reform, he later deleted the post. He explained during an interview with GQ:
“The more I’m seeing what’s up with all that s***, the more I’m like, ‘Let me back up off politics.’ I don’t want to be no Malcolm X or Martin Luther [King].… I stuck my nose in it. I’m good on that.”
Still, Lil Baby does have a history of being involved in politics. This past July, Paul Howard, the Atlanta district attorney incumbent, said that Lil Baby had endorsed him. Howard also prosecuted the rapper and sentenced him to prison back in 2014. Lil Baby said the two sat down and had a discussion about the importance of criminal reform.
“If I can sit at a table and really talk to you like I’m human, versus the politics and you in that courtroom, you really might come to reality versus you sending n***as down the road for 500 years.”
Still, Lil Baby said he never endorsed Howard.
Lil Baby also found himself in a little controversy after he shared his opinions about racism. He said in July:
“Just ’cause you work in a racist system doesn’t mean you racist. D*mn near every system that got a job is a racist system. You know what I mean? CEOs be like old white people. You never know, they got to be some kind of racist ’cause at some certain age, your parent, that was the way of life almost. So I almost feel like all these corporations or whatnot may be racist. And black people are racist too.”
“To me, a racist is someone who treats a different race than theirs a different way than they would treat theirs. I feel like if you’re a black person and you treat all black people one way and all white people one way, you’re racist.”
“I’m not a racist, so I give a white person a chance to talk and actually we get into it before I can say I don’t like you or not. And I feel the same way about a black person. You ain’t gon’ be my buddy just ’cause you’re black. Just straight up.”
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