Fans of rapper DaBaby are extending their condolences to the 28-year-old after his older brother died by suicide on Tuesday.
According to Charlotte-based news station WSOC-TV, Glenn Johnson was found fatally shot in a parking lot in North Carolina. Johnson’s death was originally being investigated as a homicide, but TMZ reports that direct sources said the wound was self-inflicted.
According to TMZ, Johnson posted a video of himself prior to the act where he was holding a gun and was visibly upset. In the video, he claimed he had been wronged a lot in the past, and soon after, people close to the situation said Johnson then took his life.
On Tuesday evening, DaBaby posted the lyrics from his song “Intro” on social media after the news of his brother's passing circulated. Although the rapper himself has not confirmed the cause of his brother's death, the lyrics from the song seem to convey that Johnson may have battled with depression.
“My brother be thinkin’ that we don’t love him and let him struggle like we ain’t family. Like I won’t give up all I got to see you,” the song’s lyrics read.
Fans of the Charlotte native reflected on the tragedy of the lyric given the recent death.
That quote hit different now
— Spoken Outlaw (@OutlawSpoken) November 4, 2020
I’ll pray for both of y’all ????????
— D????️???? (@DazTheGOATT) November 4, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope y’all find peace during this time and that all gets better soon. Sending prayers and my condolences to you and your family ????????
— E.K.O. (@ekowrestling88) November 4, 2020
On Wednesday morning, DaBaby posted a message to his supporters asking them to check on their loved ones before it’s too late, HipHop DX reported.
"Somebody probably just wants you to call and say, ‘what's up, are you straight?’ he said.
DaBaby speaks after losing his older brother to suicide. pic.twitter.com/MroXqSGYol
— Rap All-Stars ???? (@RapAllStars) November 4, 2020
On Election Day, DaBaby canvassed his Charlotte hometown for a voter campaign tour called “Vote Baby Vote,” according to CNN. The initiative was highlighted by a statewide bus tour, social media campaigns and other events in what has turned out to be a critical battleground state in the 2020 election.
Voters younger than 40 account for almost 40% of the state’s electorate, meaning they could have a big influence on the results of the election. Jonah Vincent, #NoCap2020 director said it’s critical to capitalize on the moment to empower young people.
"If there were ever a moment when young Black folks needed to vote and get engaged, this is that moment. We need to have our voices heard, right now. With DaBaby's roots in our state, we have an opportunity to empower young people to action like never before," Vincent said.
DaBaby said he felt it was necessary to get active and use his influence in his hometown after seeing the dismal state of the country.
“This isn’t my first time voting but after seeing everything that’s happened across the world, in our communities—it is a necessity to get my people involved, especially in my hometown,” he said.
The rapper also partnered with the #NoCap2020 campaign to transport North Carolina voters to polling sites, CNN reports. Through a special Uber promotion, local voters got free rides to vote on the rapper’s merit. In an Instagram post, he informed voters that he’d be performing at 10 different sites around the city for the election.
If you or someone you know is battling with thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or click here.