American rapper Lil Baby will be travelling to South Africa in December for his first-ever show on African soil. We just hope he avoids making the same mistake another rapper made on his first visit to Mzansi earlier this year…
Lil Baby is one of the most prominent up and coming hip hop artists from the States and with his stock at an all-time high, the rapper has decided that now is the time to cross the pond and perform in South Africa for the first time ever in his career. We recently learned that Lil Baby will be performing at Flexecution 19, which takes place on the 7th of December and the announcement was immediately greeted with excitement.
The Yes Indeed rapper has performed with the likes of Drake, Young Thug, Future and more of America’s biggest rappers in a two-year hot streak that has seen him become one of the most exciting properties in global hip hop. He also makes history by becoming the first-ever international star to headline Flexecution (the music event is now in its third year). While we (hip hop heads) are excited for his debut performance on African soil, we have a word of warning for the Atlanta-Born rapper: please don’t repeat the same mistake Rich The Kid made when he was in town a few months ago.
Rich The Kid, who was in town for the House of Vans music and fashion festival earlier this year, made all the wrong headlines when he posed for a picture in the heart of Soweto. Except he didn’t choose to pose in front of the Orlando Towers, Vilakazi Street or any of Soweto’s historic sites; he posed in front of a dilapidated and rundown house; leading to the impression that all of South Africa was this underdeveloped.
In case you missed it, this move struck a number of chords on social media:
it’s not unreasonable for rappers to take pictures in townships because that is the reality of the majority of SAns, but we can’t deny that they’re purposefully playing into poverty porn in the name of aesthetics and this, in turn, fuels the preexisting ignorance of the westAugust 26, 2019
This isn’t the first time that a rapper has landed in South Africa and managed to offend Mzansi Twitter. Rick Ross found himself trending some time back when he famously tweeted that he had landed in “the beautiful country of Africa”; not acknowledging that the African continent was home to 54 countries — one of which is called South Africa.
If the Flexecution team can take a moment to brief Lil Baby before he lands in Mzansi, then his stay in the motherland will be a joyous one.
Are you excited to watch Lil Baby live in South Africa?