If you’re a hip-hop fan, you’ve probably heard of DaBaby. This North Carolina native, whose real name is Johnathan Kirk, shot to fame in 2019 with his debut album Baby on Baby and its hit single “Suge”.
But let’s be real, DaBaby has also made headlines for his fair share of controversies in the past year. Still, that hasn’t stopped him from collaborating with fellow artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Roddy Ricch, and producing some seriously hot tracks.
So, without further ado, here are DaBaby’s top 10 songs ranked – a must-listen list for any hip-hop lover. Get ready to turn up the volume and vibe out to these bangers.
10. DaBaby, “Bop” (2019)
DaBaby’s “Bop” is a hit from his 2019 album, Kirk, produced by JetsonMade & Starboy. The track features an irresistible flute loop that rivals the one on Future’s “Mask Off,” and it almost matches the energy of DaBaby’s signature hit, “Suge.” But don’t be mistaken, “Bop” isn’t just about punchlines and ad-libs.
In fact, DaBaby shows a surprising level of self-awareness in the beginning of his second verse when he addresses criticism about his monotonous flow. He quips, “Ayy, when you gon’ switch the flow? I thought you’d never ask/N****s ain’t f***in’ with me and ain’t ’bout what the f*** they be rappin’ ’bout with their lil’ scary ass.” Damn, DaBaby!
9. DaBaby, “Vibez” (2019)
If you’re looking for a track that oozes with confidence, then you should definitely check out DaBaby’s “Vibez” from his 2019 album “Kirk.” The beat produced by Neeko Baby, Jasper Harris & JetsonMade is undoubtedly one of the best on the album, with its heavy bass and chime sounds that take center stage.
DaBaby rides the beat with ease, and his rap skills are on full display as he effortlessly talks about how he’s good enough in bed to steal your girl. It’s hard not to like him even with his boastful lines, which is a testament to his undeniable charisma.
Overall, “Vibez” is one of the standout tracks on “Kirk,” and it’s clear that DaBaby can’t lose when it comes to making great music. So, turn up the volume and enjoy the vibes!
8. DaBaby, “Blank Blank” (2018)
Let’s talk about DaBaby’s 2018 album, Blank Blank. The album dropped in November, but it didn’t really blow up until January when the music video for “Walker Texas Ranger” went viral. It’s hilarious, you should check it out if you haven’t already!
But if you’re new to DaBaby’s music and haven’t checked out the full album, you might be missing out on some real gems. The title track, “Blank Blank,” is definitely one of them. The producer, Sean Da Firzt, really brings the heat with a tenacious beat that loops an infinite horn melody, and DaBaby’s flow is relentless. He spends nearly three minutes spitting out boast after boast, letting everyone know he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Unfortunately, the rap game was mostly asleep at the wheel when this album dropped, and it took months for the world to catch on. But let me tell you, “Blank Blank” was a warning shot that hip-hop’s next big thing had arrived.
7. DaBaby, “Pony” (2019)
DaBaby’s debut album “Baby on Baby” had some real bangers. If he had already made it big before releasing the album, there’s a good chance that songs like “Goin’ Baby,” “Pony,” and “Baby Sitter” would’ve all been top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. While “Suge” did reach No. 3 on the chart, “Pony” deserved just as much attention.
The beat, produced by Pyrex and Cubeatz, is one of the most unique on the album with a hypnotic flute riff. DaBaby flows perfectly over it with a catchy hook and some rapid-fire verses. Give it a listen!
6. DaBaby, “Walker Texas Ranger” (2018)
Have you ever heard of a rapper who went viral because of a low-budget music video? Well, that’s exactly what happened to DaBaby when he released “Walker Texas Ranger” on YouTube back in 2018. And boy, did it launch him into the hip-hop stratosphere!
This Charlotte-based rapper showed his over-the-top personality with his breathless delivery and crude humor, making him the most lovable villain in the rap game. The track also had an instant classic visual, which added to the whole charm of the song.
It’s not the first time that a rapper has gone viral like this, remember Bobby Shmurda and his track “Hot N***a” that made him an internet phenomenon back in 2014? Or even Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” that introduced Chicago Drill to the world, making it arguably the most important rap subgenre of the decade.
But with “Walker Texas Ranger,” DaBaby showed us all that he was here to stay, and boy was he right! The song is from his album Blank Blank and produced by Producer 20.
5. Megan Thee Stallion f/ DaBaby, “Cash Shit” (2019)
If you’re a fan of Megan Thee Stallion and her 2019 project, Fever, then you won’t want to miss the standout track “Cash Shit” featuring DaBaby. Produced by LilJuMadeDaBeat, this song showcases DaBaby’s ability to match Megan’s raunchy lyrics bar for bar, proving himself to be one of the rare male rappers who can keep up with the Hot Girl herself.
Megan kicks things off with an intro that sets the tone for the rest of the song, proclaiming “I’m in my bag, but I’m in his too,” before launching into her opening verse where she boasts about how her man doesn’t mind spending his money on her. But it’s DaBaby’s guest spot that really steals the show, with his memorable one-liners like “You know why these bitches love me?/‘Cause Baby don’t give a fuck.”
It’s no surprise that when we look back on DaBaby’s breakout year, we’ll remember his verse on “Cash Shit” as the moment he pulled ahead in rap’s 2019 Rookie of the Year race. So if you haven’t already, go ahead and give this track a listen to get your cash shit fix.
4. Dreamville f/ DaBaby, J. Cole & Lute, “Under the Sun” (2019)
If you’re a fan of hip-hop and haven’t heard “Under the Sun” by Dreamville yet, you’re missing out! This song, which features DaBaby, J. Cole, and Lute, is the standout track on the album “Revenge of the Dreamers III” produced by Pluss, Christo & Nice Rec.
The song kicks off with a soulful sample that sets the tone for what’s to come. J. Cole starts things off with a killer opening verse, but what really stands out is the surprise appearance of uncredited vocals from none other than Kendrick Lamar himself. And let’s not forget about Dreamville mainstay Lute, who adds his own well-crafted verse to the mix.
But the true star of the show is DaBaby. This song solidified his position as rap’s Rookie of the Year in 2019, and it’s easy to see why. His verse is the best of the bunch, showcasing his unique flow and clever wordplay. And when he proudly proclaims, “I’m from Charlotte, you know how these n****s do, Baby,” you can’t help but feel the energy and excitement of a rising rap superstar.
3. DaBaby, “Intro” (2019)
If you’re a fan of DaBaby, you’ve probably heard his 2019 track “Intro” from his album Kirk. The song was produced by DJ Kid and served as the album opener. And let me tell you, it’s a real showcase of DaBaby’s talents.
Before “Intro” came out, some critics thought that DaBaby was just another technically skilled rapper who found a winning formula and was going to ride it into the ground. They thought he was incapable of breaking away from his signature style of catchy hooks and goofy lyrics in favor of something more personal and introspective. But “Intro” proved them all wrong.
On this track, DaBaby gives us a glimpse into the man behind the rapper. He reflects on his newfound fame and the stark contrast it presents to his past. He raps, “Thinkin’ ’bout my Grandmama and shit / I got the number one record, they acknowledged the jit. / They goin’ crazy when they play it, head bobbin and shit / And I’m just somewhere fucked up thinkin’ bout my father and shit.”
Not only is the subject matter of “Intro” impressive, but the song’s commercial success is also worth noting. Last month, it reached No. 13 on the Hot 100, proving that DaBaby doesn’t need to change his style to dominate the pop charts.
Overall, “Intro” is a standout track on Kirk and shows us that there’s much more to DaBaby than meets the eye.
2. DaBaby, “Goin Baby” (2019)
If you’re looking for a fiery start to a hip-hop album, then DaBaby’s “Baby on Baby” has got you covered. The album opens with three straight-up bangers: “Taking It Out,” “Suge,” and “Goin’ Baby.” While many other notable albums carefully curate their first three tracks to fit a specific theme or sound, DaBaby proves that sometimes you just need three great songs in a row.
“Goin’ Baby” holds its own amidst the other standout tracks on the album. The track features a flute-infused beat that complements DaBaby’s quick-witted ad-libbing skills. In fact, many fans consider this track to showcase one of the best verses of DaBaby’s career so far.
So, if you’re in the mood for some high-energy hip-hop, give “Goin’ Baby” a spin and see why DaBaby is one of the most exciting rappers in the game right now.
1. DaBaby, “Suge” (2019)
If you’re looking for a hip-hop track with a speaker-rattling beat and an undeniably catchy hook, look no further than DaBaby’s “Suge.” Produced by JetsonMade and Pooh Beatz, this song has everything that makes DaBaby great, from his charisma to his bold lyrics (including some rambunctious death threats).
Back in June, “Suge” even topped Complex’s “Best Songs of 2019 (So Far)” list, and our own Angel Diaz summed it up perfectly: “This is what plays in someone’s head when DaBaby and his bodyguard are chasing their ass down the street.”
If you’ve been keeping up with rap this year, you’ve probably had “Suge” on repeat in your head for months, and it’s not hard to see why. So if you haven’t listened to it yet, give it a try—you might just find yourself playing it on repeat for a while too.