Mit "The Bigger Picture" bringt Lil Baby ein unglaublich starkes Statement zu den aktuellen Ereignissen in den USA. Bekleidet mit einem Black Lives Matter-Shirt und der Faust in der Luft, rappt der 25-Jährige aus Atlanta über Polizeigewalt, gefährliche Stereotypen und blinden Hass.
"It's bigger than black and white
It's a problem with the whole way of life
It can't change overnight
But we gotta start somewhere"
Alle durch den Track generierten Einnahmen sollen gespendet werden. Die Spenden gehen an die National Association Of Black Journalists, das Anwaltsteam von Breonna Taylor, das Bail Project und Black Lives Matter.
Schon Anfang Juni konnte man Lil Baby zusammen mit Antonio Brown, einem Aktivist und Mitglied des Stadtrates von Atlanta, im Zuge der anhaltenden Black Lives Matter-Demonstrationen auf den Straßen Atlantas antreffen, wo er gemeinsam mit den Bürgern seiner Heimatstadt protestierte.
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Met a dope dude named Dominique. A brother whose seen struggle but also recognizes his divine power to call forth all that he seeks in life. When we first met he showed up in a worn black t-shirt, some joggers and @balenciaga sneakers. No jewelry or entourage. His driver patiently waited outside while we talked for hours. I thought because everyone called him @lilbaby_1 that he would have this huge ego and only care about superficial shit. Instead he spoke about how much he loved business, fashion and lifting up his community. He’s only been rapping for 3 years and has completely dismantled an industry. The hood he grew up in and the projects that raised him made him baby. A rebel with a cause, disrupting with a purpose bigger than himself. The next day we marched down Mitchell Street with our fist in the air yelling - No Justice, No Peace as he leaned over and whispered in my ear, “this is what matters!” See he understood his calling was greater than the streets - it was to change the streets. To inspire the people to see beyond their environment and conditions that silently kept them unconsciously imprisoned. After marching for an hour, a white business owner brought out some waters to the crowd of walking protesters. As he was handing out the waters Lil Baby ran over to him and gave him $500. I looked up at him and smiled because if I was rich that’s something I would’ve done. As the protest came to an end, I watched in silent awe as @troubleman31 graciously walked up to him and greeted him like a King. It was inspiring to see one generation salute the next as they prepare to take their rightful place in Hip Hop. Our generation is strong, we do not require someone to open a door for us because we understand our power to knock down any door that comes between us. When we speak we are casting spells, our tongue is powerful and through our vibrational energy are able to manifest into existence everything our spirit desires. Go forth into this world and live within the fullness of who God created you to be, and don’t let anyone tell you who you cannot be or what you cannot do. You are capable of ALL things, if you believe.