Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, also known as DaBaby, recently left his mark with “Kirk,” cementing his style of witty one-liners and exploring his transition to fame as he deals with the loss of his father.
The 13-track sophomore album sits at an impressive 35 minutes allowing for easy and quick
listening. With features from Kevin Gates, Chance the Rapper, Gucci Maine, Lil Baby, Migos, Nicki Minaj and many more, Kirk balances hard hitting lyrics with power beats to create the prefect soundtrack for Homecoming.
Kirk, 27, is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He rose into mainstream popularity during the beginning of 2019 with his double-platinum hit “Suge,” with its crazy stage presence and creative music videos to match. He followed this success with a number of song snatching verses that showed listeners both new and old that he was a force to be reckoned with. This lead to him earning a spot a part of the 2019 XXL Freshman Class, a feature used in the famous hip-hop magazine to highlight up and coming artists in the genre.
Kirk’s quick-fire tongue takes no time on his tracks, letting his voice and his charisma be the first thing listeners take note to on a song. What sets this project apart from previous work from Kirk is the unrelenting honesty that he shows on each song.
“They found him dead a couple days before I started tour, same day I flew back to the city from Miami.” Lyrics from the Intro on “Kirk” explain the story of how he found out about the passing of his father around the same moment he found out that “Suge” went to No. 1 on Billboard.
“Kirk” showcases DaBaby’s strength in working with other artists and how he can not only complement other artists but also steal the spotlight with one line. Tracks like “Gospel,” “Pop Star,” and “IPhone” are great examples of this talent.
The project does plateau, and leaves listeners wanting more variety. Throughout the first listen you may feel as if you have heard some of the songs before although they are all well preformed and produced. This leaves Kirk no place to go but up from here.
DaBaby will be performing hits from his album “Kirk” at FameFest this Friday at The Strip Tallahassee, as part of FAMU’s Homecoming events by DreamxTeam Promo. For more information visit www.FamexFest.com .