DaBaby’s “Suge” Song Review

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and it’s time for another installment of “no-name rapper gets a top 10 hit and falls off immediately after that song’s popularity fades”.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh.  I don’t know whether DaBaby will sustain his fame or not.  Who knows, maybe he’ll become the next Kanye West (I doubt it, but the world always has a way of proving you wrong).  I mean, he has multiple projects out before this song, so usually that’s a good sign he will have at least some kind of dedicated fanbase.  However, I have a hunch that this will be the only time I have to talk about DaBaby on this blog, so let’s give him a good review and never think about him again.

DaBaby is a North Carolina based rapper that’s been releasing mixtapes for a while now.  “Baby On Baby” is his first official album, and one of its singles was this song, “Suge“.  So, let’s see if this incredibly-generic-named rapper has any staying power by looking at this song.

Pack in the mail, it’s gone

I’m glad we have some rappers now talking about the major problem that is package theft, as this is a serious issue no one else is talking about.  Good job, DaBaby, and I hope you can read sarcasm on a computer/phone screen, otherwise this comment makes me look really dumb.

She like how I smell, cologne

Um, first of all, maybe you should ditch that girl if her only standard for liking you is how you smell.  Secondly, I can tell you from first hand experience that ladies do not like all cologne smells…especially Axe.

I’m a young CEO, Suge

This is where the name of the song comes from.  Suge Knight is a real figure that was popular in the 1990s due to his affiliation with Death Row Records and N.W.A.  He is also infamous for his numerous illegal acts, driving Dr. Dre away from the label with his gang related activity, and his rumored involvement with the murders of 2Pac and Biggie.  So, maybe it’s not a good idea to be comparing yourself to him.

I just checked my balance
I’ll probably pull up to your hood
And come buy me a n*gga

I know this is referring to being able to afford hitmen, but this really sounds like he’s endorsing and participating in human slavery.

Get caught with your ho when I’m poppin’ ’em both
Now they high just like Bobby and Whitney

This line is kind of clever, as it plays on the double-meaning of “high”, saying they’ll get high like they’re on drugs, but also high as in “high in the sky”, or dead (which fits well with the killing themes of the song).  He relates this, too, to Whitney Houston, who is infamous for being both kinds of high.

You disrespect me and I’ll beat your ass up
All in front of your partners and children

For being a father yourself, DaBaby, that seems a little bit harsh.

I’m the type to let a n*gga think that I’m broke
Until I pop out with a million

Is that a “type of person”: someone who lets you think they’re broke until they just start flexing on you?  I guess I don’t hang around enough rich people to know.  Also, this is your first hit song, so I doubt you had a million dollars to be showing off when this track came out.

Got like thirty-two thousand in one of my pockets
The other one, that’s where the Glock at

I hope you have a really strong belt because that’s a lot of money to be holding in your pocket all at once…and that was one of the corniest jokes I’ve made on this blog.

I’ll pull up after school and I’ll teach her some sh*t
Tell your bro I’m a motherf*ckin’ tutor

This isn’t a super creative line, but there aren’t many of those in this song anyways, so I’m just going to leave it at that.

‘Member I used to cheat off a pretty b*tch test
All the teachers, they thought I was stupid

I mean, if you’re cheating off someone, then you don’t know the material, so I guess they have reasonable suspicion to believe you are stupid.

Was expectin’ the box to pull up on a truck
Man, this n*gga pulled up on a scooter

And with that, we end the verses of this song, and this line…doesn’t make much sense.  Maybe this does make sense and I’m the stupid one.  Guess I’ll have to start cheating on tests.

Overall, this song really leaves me with one question: why is it famous?  There is nothing super special about the beat–it’s just a menacing piano with some bassy trap drums.  DaBaby’s rapping style isn’t one that’s common in the mainstream, so the fact that this song blew up so much is a little baffling, considering the lyrics don’t say much either.  Still, this isn’t a terrible song.  DaBaby’s flow is very captivating, as it’s fast enough to show he has skill but not too fast as to detach the listener.  And, while the beat is very generic, it still has a good groove to it.  This song leaves neither an impression of it being awful or amazing, but rather leaves me confused as to how it blew up so much.  For that, I’d give this song a 2.5 out of 5.  Do you agree?

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