DaBaby Explains He Meant No Harm with JoJo Siwa Name Drop on Song — Says It Was a Play on Words
"Don't let em trick you into thinking I'd ever have a problem with you. My word play just went over their heads," the rapper said
Over the weekend, the 29-year-old rapper dropped his freestyle "Beatbox" remix, where he name drops the Nickelodeon star, 17, in one line.
"N----, you a bitch / JoJo Siwa, bitch / She let the wrong n---- get rich," DaBaby croons on the song, as he holds up a photo of Siwa smiling in the music video for the remix.
Following the release of the track and its accompanying video, the North Carolina native was met with an array of backlash, but explained on social media that the line wasn't meant to be taken as a diss and was rather a play on words.
As fans then pointed out, DaBaby — whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk — was referencing his own name, while using Siwa as another way of saying "see why."
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DaBaby also tweeted directly to Siwa and explained that his daughter is a huge fan and he meant no harm by the wordplay.
"@itsjojosiwa my 3 year old princess is your number 1 fan. I bought her every product you have out. She think she you. 😂," he tweeted. "Don't let em trick you into thinking id ever have a problem with you. My word play just went over their heads. All love on my end shawty, Keep shinning!"
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On his Instagram Story, DaBaby also added, "Y'all MFs sick lol. Y'all ok w/ that child being tricked into thinking I got a problem with her, WE F--- WIT YOU JOJO."
Siwa, who came out as a member of the LGBTQ community last month, has not spoken out on the lyric or DaBaby's response.
The Dance Moms alum and YouTube star, however, did like a tweet on Sunday that corrected the "bitch" lyric to "'boss' bitch*".