Last week, rapper Lil Baby released a song called “The Bigger Picture.” The song was released with a video featuring Lil’ Baby protesting at a Black Lives Matter rally which matches the theme of the song. The song touches on a lot of the issues that are prevalent in the country today.
On a recent episode of the Joe Budden Podcast, Joe talks about how right now is an important time for people to use their platforms. He mentions that it is not a time for musicians to be releasing “thoughtless” songs or trying to make a hit. His sentiment was that if you aren’t attempting to help the people or movement with your music, you should choose this time to be quiet. I believe that this is partly true and that Lil baby is a perfect example of a person using their platform properly.
Lil Baby is an Atlanta rapper that has been rising the charts and growing in popularity in the last couple of years. Lil baby would be categorized as a trap-rapper – being that the bulk of his music relates directly to his life in the streets as a gang member. This is to say that this particular song was a shock to some, given that he isn’t seen as an activist.
I think this is a perfect example of the severity of the situation in our country. The state of life for African Americans in America is something that none of use can seem to stomach any longer. Everyone who understands the movement is doing all that they can. It feels good to know that a star we chose, such as Lil Baby, is standing with us in a time in which so many others have chosen sides against us or just opted out of speaking at all.