CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Grammy nominated rapper and Charlotte native, DaBaby, will host a “Black Lives BEEN Mattered” press conference and conversation with elected city officials and community leaders on Friday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture.
The event which will take place from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Juneteenth (June 19), also known as Freedom Day or the Black Fourth of July, will feature guests including Mecklenburg County Sherriff Garry McFadden, City Councilman Braxton Winston, former Carolina Panther Thomas Davis, and more to discuss police reform, systemic racism, and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in North Carolina.
DaBaby made the following statement about the Black Lives Matter movement:
“I have had my own experiences with the police. It’s time to have a serious conversation about police reform and systemic racism in our city.”
“Black lives been mattered and always will matter.”
DaBaby has also recently released a Black Lives Matter remix to the song Rockstar featuring Roddy Rich. The song features the following lyrics:
They pushin’ negative narratives, I’m ready though
Cops wanna pull me over, embarrass me
Abusin’ power, you never knew me, thought I was arrogant
As a juvenile, police pulled their guns like they scared of me
To find out more information about the “Black Lives BEEN Mattered” Press Conference and Conversation, visit @billiondollarbaby on Instagram.
Hip hop phenom, DaBaby (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records) has amassed over 6.4 billion global streams since signing to Interscope Records. In 2019, his debut project Baby on Baby, spent 55 weeks on Billboard’s Top 100; peaking at #7. The effort spawned the double-platinum GRAMMY-nominated single, “Suge.”
His first official album, KIRK, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 before launching a duly-titled North American tour featuring Stunna 4 Vegas. The album included the smash hit “BOP” which has over 204 MM views on YouTube; making it DaBaby’s biggest video thus far and his third #1 on Urban Radio.