DaBaby Brought Current Events to Life With His Powerful Medley During the MTV VMAs

It was Charlotte rapper DaBaby's first-ever performance for the VMAs on Sunday, and a stellar night for it; DaBaby was up for four awards this year, including artist of the year, best hip-hop video, and best choreography for his music video for "Bop." With The Jabbawockeez at his side, DaBaby performed a medley of hits "Peephole," "Blind," and "Rockstar." His performance was a nod to recent protests against police brutality, with DaBaby riding cuffed in the back of a cop car before ending the performance against a backdrop of fire. Beyond this, it also referenced the COVID-19 pandemic, as during "Peephole," the set included cardboard boxes, which were knocked over and turned out to be full of face masks. You can watch the story unfold for yourself with his full performance above.