A lot was made about DaBaby getting snubbed at the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards, when the chart-topping rapper was nominated for 12 awards but didn’t win any. However, Lil Baby was another superstar who walked away from the awards show with less hardware than expected.
Lil Baby, an Atlanta native who is one of the hottest names in the game right now, was nominated for four BET Hip-Hop Awards. While the 25-year-old did win the Impact Song category for “The Bigger Picture,” he lost out on Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year.
For the record, Lil Baby seemed less bothered about the award show results than some of his fans who have expressed their disbelief on social media. He wrote on Instagram the next day, “I Like Getting Millions, Ain Trippin About Awards.”
No matter what the trophy case says, 2020 has been Lil Baby’s year. His album My Turn, released in February, has gone double platinum and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. “The Bigger Picture” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. He’s also been featured on songs by other artists that blew up in 2020. Now as we approach the end of the year, Lil Baby’s net worth has climbed to a reported $4 million.
These are Lil Baby’s 10 biggest and best songs of 2020 … SOHH far:
1. ‘The Bigger Picture’
The song that won Lil Baby that BET ward was one of the anthems of a volatile American summer. Critics are quick to say today’s “new rappers” don’t talk about anything important, but Lil Baby uses this powerful track to protest police brutality and systemic racism. On top of that, Lil Baby donated proceeds from “The Bigger Picture’ to causes like Black Lives Matter, The Bail Project, and the effort to get justice for Breonna Taylor. The video for “The Bigger Picture” has over 91 million views on Lil Baby’s YouTube channel and the song has over 75 million Spotify streams.
2. ‘We Paid’ (feat. 42 Dugg)
Lil Baby’s collaboration with 42 Dugg on the deluxe edition of My Turn peaked at No. 10 on Billboard and sold double-platinum. The video has over 169 million views on Lil Baby’s YouTube channel and 102 million Spotify streams. “We Paid” was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the Song Of The Summer category.
3. ‘For The Night’ (Pop Smoke feat. Lil Baby + DaBaby)
Pop Smoke‘s posthumous album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon debuted at No. 1 on Billboard in July, then regained the top spot in October. Lil Baby factored into that thanks to his feature on “For The Night,” which peaked at No. 6 on Billboard.
“Woah” is on the My Turn album that came out in 2020, although the single dropped in late-2019 to help preview the album. To date, it has over 175 million Spotify streams, peaking at No. 11 in the U.S. on Spotify around the time My Turn was released. The video has over 132 million views, and it’s not hard to see why; it’s highlighted by Fast & Furious-inspired car stunts and a dance that sparked an Internet challenge.
5. ‘Sum 2 Prove’
“Sum 2 Prove” went platinum off the My Turn album and peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The lyrics give us Lil Baby reflecting on his success — a common theme on his second studio album — while the video tells a story of the journey from poverty to luxury. The video has over 58 million views.
6. ‘Heatin Up’ (feat Gunna)
Another banger on a My Turn album full of them, “Heatin Up” reached No. 18 on the Billboard chart and is certified gold. It also peaked at No. 8 on the charts in New Zealand, and the video got 37 million YouTube views.
7. ‘All In’
Some of Lil Baby’s songs have serious and thought-provoking messages. This one from My Turn is just plain and simple bragging. (Which is of course one of the foundations of hip-hop, so who’s complaining?) Generating over 55 million views on Lil Baby’s YouTube channel and selling certified gold, “All In” is bolstered by a video that shows Lil Baby cleaning his jewelry for a night of showing off and just enjoying life.
8. ‘Emotionally Scarred’
In this song from My Turn, Lil Baby raps “I’ll never call myself the GOAT / I’ll leave that to the people.” In the video, however, Lil Baby is hanging out with a real-life goat. That wasn’t even subtle. “Emotionally Scarred” has sold platinum, peaked at No. 31 on the charts, and been viewed over 51 million times on YouTube.
9. ‘Drip Too Hard’ (feat. Gunna)
Lil Baby’s biggest hit of his career came out in 2018, but it’s still going strong in 2020. For those of us who are still willing to be social in 2020, “Drip Too Hard” is still on the playlist for a night out. The video has over 71 million views and counting on Lil Baby’s channel, and it is his most-streamed song on Spotify by far with over 579 million streams. It reached No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 13 globally on Spotify.
10. ‘TOES’ (DaBaby feat. Lil Baby + Moneybagg Yo)
Even though it was a late-2019 release, “TOES” peaked in Spotify streams (over 131 million) in January of 2020. Without an official video, the clip of just the song’s audio has over 29 million views on DaBaby’s YouTube Channel. It peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.