AOTY 2021


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Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #808 / 821
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Based on 904 ratings
2020 Ratings: #1061
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DaBaby’s detractors might not be defeated with ‘Blame It On Baby’, but this latest project succeeds by further propelling the rapper’s soaring momentum even while in lockdown.

In the moments that DaBaby peels back his layers to reveal more than a persona, he feels connected and centered. Though we love the bops, sometimes balance is necessary to keep a career fresh.

The North Carolina rapper’s third album in 13 months is stacked with the same regurgitated phrases and flows from earlier projects. This time, they’re starting to go stale.
Entertainment Weekly

Blame it on Baby is no more or less serious than last year’s Kirk, and while most of the songs on it could easily have come from that album, they do help us understand the rapper’s path forward.

Rolling Stone

Sweeter, smoother, and designed to be more palpable to the masses, DaBaby’s third studio album, Blame It On Baby, is a course correction from a course that didn’t need correcting, an adjusted recipe meant to appeal to a subset of fandom that’s no longer his commercial core.


The bold, swagger-heavy rap songs are growing more tedious, and the experiments with singing and emotional nuance are mostly underdeveloped. DaBaby still has a grip on the special magic that put him on most listener's radars, but with the middle-of-the-road material of Blame It on Baby, we can hear that grip loosening.


Blame It on Baby is an obvious misstep in DaBaby’s otherwise flawless rise to rap stardom. This isn’t to say that he won’t be back soon with something more substantial but as it stands, this album has his least playback value.


Offering 13 tracks of Hennessy-infused rhyming, drums on drums on drums and a nasty Kidz Bop styled beat to tie it all together, the album is sadly a fresh reminder that DaBaby is hip-hop’s biggest one-trick pony. Unlike the release of his second studio album, KIRK released last year, a major fraction of Blame It On Baby lacks effort and even originality.

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Even at its best, Blame It on Baby sounds like something DaBaby's done before and better.

Let us proceed forward on our path

Hopefully we shall meet some suitable candidates to conduct experimental physical metamorphosis on to render them into a form of automobile with a retractable rooftop, more commonly dubbed as "convertible"

For every music nerd who thought they did something by rating a toddler's album this low shall never inherit the pleasure of heaven.

Because if you had to blame it on a baby, you were better off not blaming it on him in the first place. On the ... read more
On BLAME IT ON BABY, DaBaby has managed to give a more pop and melodic dimension to his music, while recycling a formula that is beginning to run out of steam with this new impetus.

It's nothing new for anyone, but DaBaby is one of the hot new rappers that literally exploded last year, and as is often the case in this case, in full turmoil, the artist often chooses to capitalize rather than do something qualitative. When you think about it, he's not wrong in substance. At a time when music is ... read more
the fact that i enjoy this should be enough motivation for you to block and unfollow me as i clearly have no idea on how to understand very basic concepts, like good music

best track: rockstar
worst track: sad shit
Wait, how did 30 minutes pass? I don't remember doing anything during that time. Let me check my Last.FM page... wait, since when did I listen to this? I don't remember hearing this. Wait, let me think back... okay, there's that producer tag that samples The Kazoo Kid..., he has that line about turning fecal matter into sugar and calling it chocolate pudding... he raps about things... I guess Roddy Ricch had a good feature on that one track... hmm. You sure I didn't just skim through this? I ... read more
"Bitch, you know I turn piss into lemonade
Turn shit into sugar, that's chocolate pudding"
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Added on: April 14, 2020