Here’s Why DaBaby’s Songs Sound The Same | Genius News

DELISA: Charlotte, North Carolina rapper Dababy’s braggadocious flow has scored him a Billboard
Hot 100 top 10 hit in “Suge” and a no.1 album on the Billboard 200, solidifying his
entry into the mainstream. But it’s really his video game like beats
and comical flow that’s grabbing people’s attention. DELISA: DaBaby knows what it takes to make
a hit. Tracks like “21,” “Suge,” “Goin
Baby,” and “BOP” all feature heavy 808s laid down by South Carolina producer Jetsonmade
– something he told us is a regional connection. JETSON: When he puts his sound, and puts it with what I do on the beats, it’s a whole
new sound. DELISA: Drums make Jetson’s sound so singular – and the fans have definitely noticed. JETSON: That’s like one of my signature things, like in every one of my beats, I switch
up the 808. I just like to give it different sauce. JETSON: I meant to do that. I want to do that. I want you to be in a mood when you listen to my music. I’m doing me forever. If it sound the same, it sound the same. DELISA: That sauce allows DaBaby to flow freely on the track and showcase his North Carolina
roots. JETSON: I’ma give some jolly type beats to a person who gon rap trap. I feel like that’s the Carolina sound. It’s just perfect. It’s a perfect blend. DELISA: And while fans think the songs sound similar, DaBaby’s flow definitely isn’t. JASPER: It’s crazy. It’s actually more complicated than we think. DELISA: That’s Jasper Lee Harris, one of the producers on “VIBEZ.” He spoke with Genius News to break down the
track and the foundation for DaBaby’s flow. JASPER: Jetson’s 808s… so he’s holding down the regular meter, right? One, two, three, one, two, three, four. JASPER: But my thing is one, two, three, one, two, three, four, five. JASPER: So it’s the juxtaposition of those two things that make it such a sort of attention-grabby
concept. DELISA: The way DaBaby settles into his flow
on tracks like these is why Jetson and Jasper think it works. JASPER: He’s making it part of his signature
sound, which I think is really cool. [JETSON] That was just an automatic jiggy. DELISA: That off-kilter sound allows DaBaby to do what he does best — attack the beat. JASPER: He has all these pregnant pauses in his music where it’s like, you know, there’s
a breath and then he’s in. Right? And it’s sort of flipping the whole drop concept
on its head. DELISA: Another way DaBaby sets himself apart is his take on the triplet flow. The flow itself isn’t new, pioneered by
fellow southern artist Three Six Mafia and later used by the Migos, but Jasper explains,
that paired with the intricate beats, DaBaby’s triplet becomes unique. JASPER: He’s rapping in subdivisions or groups of three and six and 12, which is a play off
the three-three-two, or the three-five, you know what I mean? JASPER: So there’s all this interplay that’s happening that totally goes over the listener’s
head. DELISA: That rhyming pattern made him the
go-to collaborator for a number of summer tracks like Megan Thee Stalllion’s “Cash
Shit,” Chance The Rapper’s “Hot Shower” and his verse on Dreamville’s “Under The
Sun.” DELISA: So far DaBaby has had a massive 2019
and it’s clear that his sound and his confidence are helping him pave his own lane in the game. DABABY: Goin baby is just doing anything exceedingly
well. That’s just what I stood on even before doing music. Like, anything I would do like, I wanna do
it better than anybody. DELISA: I’m Delisa with Genius News bringing
you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

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