Lil Baby has opened up about his encounter with police brutality during his recent cover story with Rolling Stone.
“I’ve been a victim of police brutality,” he said while speaking with writer Charles Holmes. He went on to reveal, “I’ve been in prison where white officers control you. I’ve been in a court system where white judges give you a different time than they would give someone white. There have been times I had a physical altercation with an officer, and he then grabbed me and took me to a room where there’s no camera. We have a physical altercation and left me in a room for about an hour. I’m in there yelling and screaming. I’m so accustomed to it, we don’t even make it no big deal.”
“Ain’t nothing we gon’ be able to do about it. I’m from Atlanta, where they had a unit of police that got dismantled for police brutality,” he said, speaking to the police brutality within his hometown. “The Red Dogs got dismantled for using way too much force. … That shit an everyday thing where I’m from.”
The QC mega star recently put a spotlight on the mistreatment of Blacks by law enforcement in his Black Lives Matter anthem, “The Bigger Picture,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 100. Proceeds from the single benefit The National Association of Black Journalists, Breonna Taylor’s attorney, The Bail Project, and Black Lives Matter.
“I just rap about my life — all my songs are basically about me,” Baby says of “The Bigger Picture.” “It was at a point where I felt I needed to say something.”
You can read Lil Baby’s entire cover story here, where he also speaks on transitioning from drug dealing to rap at the guidance of Coach K, gentrification, and more.