What is DaBaby’s real name?
Jonathan Lyndale Kirk was born in Cleveland, Ohio USA on 22 December 1991 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. Known under his stage name of DaBaby, he is a rapper and a singer who has gained recognition just recently in 2019, when he released his debut full-length album “Baby on Baby”, which reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
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Childhood and education
DaBaby was raised alongside his two older brothers by their father who is an accountant, and their mother who is working as a nurse at a local hospital. DaBaby spent the first eight years of his life in Cleveland, then his family moved to Charlotte in North Carolina in 1999.
He grew up listening to rappers such as Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Eminem, and soon began daydreaming about becoming a rapper himself.
He studied at Vance High School at which he played football and baseball, and upon matriculation in 2010, DaBaby enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, but quit after two years stating that he only enrolled at a college because his parents wanted him to pursue a degree.
Career as a rapper
After working several jobs for two years to financially support himself, DaBaby decided to dedicate all his spare time to making music.
He spent most of the year 2014 working on his debut mixtape – “Nonfiction” – which was released in 2015, but failed to attract much attention. He went on to release his second mixtape, “God’s Work” followed by another mixtape “Baby Talk”, however, neither of these helped him build a big fanbase.
DaBaby released two more mixtapes – “Billion Dollar Baby” and “Back on My Baby Jesus Sh*t” (for a while, he used the stage name of Baby Jesus) – and these mixtapes were noticed by Arnold Taylor who is the South Coast Music Group’s President.
Arnold signed DaBaby and helped him find gigs at clubs around North Carolina, then in 2018 DaBaby gained wider recognition with his mixtape “Blank Blank” distributed by Roc Nation, and this got him a multi-million dollar deal with the American record label Interscope.
On 27 September 2019, DaBaby released his second studio album – “Kirk” – which topped the US Billboard 200 Chart, while its lead single, “Intro” peaked at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In early 2020, DaBaby was nominated for two Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, both for his single “Suge”, after which his third album “Blame It on Baby” came out, which topped the Billboard 200 Chart and sold around 125,000 copies.
Most recently, on 27 July 2020, DaBaby released his single “No Dribble” which was later included in the remastered version of “Blame It on Baby” released on 4 August.
Problems with the law
DaBaby was involved in a shooting in Huntersville in North Carolina when a 19 years old boy was shot and killed – DaBaby stated that he was acting in self-defense, but plead guilty to carrying a hidden weapon. He was arrested in January 2020 after the Miami police learned about his warrant in Texas – DaBaby and his friends robbed a music promoter who paid DaBaby $20,000 when he was supposed to pay him $30,000.
He was released after two days.
Just recently in November 2020, DaBaby’s brother Glen Johnson killed himself with a gun.
Love life and wife
There have been rumors circulating the internet claiming that DaBaby was once married to his high school sweetheart Ashley Kirk. These started spreading after an unknown person found DaBaby’s high school yearbook in which one of the students wrote ‘the most inspirational person in his life has been his wife, Ashley Kirk.
DaBaby denied the rumors, stating that the girl was his best friend as she often lent him her car, and helped him with homework, but that’s all.
DaBaby has a daughter with a woman called MeMe, and in November 2019 he announced that he was expecting another child without clarifying that it wasn’t with MeMe – he later stated that he and MeMe were no longer together at the time when he slept with another woman.
As of November 2020, DaBaby is single, hasn’t married and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
DaBaby is somewhat addicted to his social media accounts, and has managed to amass over 14.5 million followers on his Instagram account, however, just recently following the death of his brother, this was deactivated.
He likes to travel, and has been all around the US to perform as well as to enjoy himself – his dream travel destination is Miami in Florida.
DaBaby is a lover of animals with cats being his favorites, and says that one day he’d like to have a pet tiger!
He occasionally works out as he has two to three training sessions at the gym a week, but isn’t careful about his diet as he most often eats fast food.
DaBaby enjoys watching movies starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, such as the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Scarface” and “The Sleepers”.
Age, height and net worth
DaBaby’s age is 28. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 160lbs (72kgs).
As of November 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.