Lil Baby is relatively new on the hip hop scene, rising to fame in 2017 on the back of his Perfect Timing mixtape. The Grammy Award-winning rapper has produced several top ten tracks on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of the best rappers in the genre since the release of his debut album. In this article, we’ll take a look at 27 of Lil Baby’s best songs of all time, at least so far in his career.
1. Drip Too Hard
Drip Too Hard from Lil Baby and Gunna served as the lead single from the duo’s collaborative album, Drip Hard, released in 2018. The beauty of the song was that both artists shifted towards each other’s styles, something that might have made the two sound too similar to critics but was a sign of their incredible chemistry on the mics.
The song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance in 2020. It also became both artists’ first diamond certification by the RIAA, selling over 10 million copies.
Woah found immediate success for Lil Baby after it was released from his second studio album, My Turn. It became the rapper’s third number-one song on the Billboard Streaming Songs chart and debuted at number one on the Rolling Stone 100.
Within 24 hours of release, the song topped Apple Music and quickly debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 19. One of the best parts of Woah was the music video and accompanying dance challenge routine, with Lil Baby performing the challenge in the video. The song and dance were performed by Lil Baby on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2020.
As Lil Baby releases more music, the more it becomes polished and defined. Freestyle is one of the best examples of Lil Baby in his early days, full of hunger, energy, and hustle. The song was originally released in 2017 to promote his mixtape, Too Hard, and had an accompanying music video.
Freestyle is one of the songs you can directly point to as it helped Lil Baby rise to fame; it’s an absolute banger that is a fan favorite. The song also made it onto two Billboard Bubbling Under charts, reaching number nine on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 and number one on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip Hop Singles charts.
4. The Bigger Picture
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, many artists released some form of protest song or anthem in support of their political views. For Lil Baby, the event spawned the song, The Bigger Picture, showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemning both police brutality and systemic racism in the United States.
The Bigger Picture became the highest charting song of Lil Baby’s career, at least in terms of being the lead artist, debuting and peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned him two Grammy Nominations at the 63rd Grammy Awards, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
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5. Wants and Needs
Drake and Lil Baby co-wrote Wants and Needs, and the song was released from Drake’s extended play, Scary hours 2 in 2021. At the time, the song was Lil Baby’s highest-charting single on the Hot 100, debuting at the number two spot. It was the fourth time Drake and Lil Baby teamed up on a song, but on this one, it felt like Lil Baby took center stage with his verses.
6. Sum 2 Prove
Sum 2 Prove was featured on the soundtrack of the video game NBA 2K21 and charted exceptionally well in the US. It made it to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, nine on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, and three on the Rolling Stone 100 charts. The song, released as the second single from Lil Baby’s My Turn album, sees Baby questioning all the new relationships that have come with his rise to fame. He refuses to get mired down in any little beef, though, and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
How many babies can you fit in one song? At least two artists and a song title. Baby was a collaborative effort between Lil Baby, DaBaby, and Quality Control. Featured as a single from QC’s second studio album, the song and music video have both “Babys” portraying characters from the movie Scarface. Baby debuted at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 before rising to the number 21 position, buoyed mainly by the release of the album and music video that came a little later than the single release. The two rappers performed the song live at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards, with DaBaby winning the award for Best New Artist right after the performance.
8. In A Minute
In A Minute ended up being Lil Baby’s 100th entry on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat that made him one of the youngest artists ever to land 100 songs on that chart. It would eventually creep up to the number 14 position on the Hot 100, breaking into the Top five on both the Hot R&B/Hip Hop and Rhythmic charts simultaneously. It was an instant hit with Lil Baby’s fans and even brought some fence-sitting critics over to the rapper’s side when it was released in 2022.
9. Emotionally Scarred
The third single to be released from Lil Baby’s My Turn album was just as good as the first two. Emotionally Scarred peaked at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and saw Lil baby perform the song live for Vevo and at the American Music Awards in 2020. The whole song has some heavy rock elements, but it’s also super comforting. It’s one of the few reminders in hip hop to make sure you protect your mental health, a song that’s both socially conscious and authentic.
10. Pure Cocaine
Pure Cocaine was released from one of Lil Baby’s early commercial mixtapes in Street Gossip, serving as a testament to the rapper at the peak of his powers and exhibiting his rapid-fire deliveries. The music video is especially powerful, showing Baby severing ties with his old life and celebrating his newfound success as a rap artist. Pure Cocaine would end up peaking at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke into the Top 20 of the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.
11. Yes Indeed
Yes Indeed ended up being the first collaboration between Drake and Lil Baby. After Drake saw Lil Baby at Preme’s release party in Atlanta, the two got to work together. The song’s original release was titled Pikachu and premiered on Beats 1’s OVO Sound Radio. It’s a classic hip hop song, focusing on bragging over the pair’s lavish lifestyles while never forgetting their roots in the streets. Yes Indeed became Lil Baby’s first song to break the Top 10 of the Hot 100, peaking at number six. After being released from Lil Baby’s debut album, it also topped Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart.
12. California Breeze
A standout song from Lil Baby’s It’s Only Me sees Lil Baby enjoying the lavish lifestyle his fame has brought him, relaxing on a yacht and getting to go to the fanciest dinners he’s ever seen. While the mission of continuing his ride is clear, he’s also busy getting rid of some of the fake people in his life that could drag him down. California Breeze peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 15 on the Global 200, becoming an international hit for the rapper.
13. We Paid
An additional song that was featured on the deluxe edition of Lil Baby’s My Turn album, We Paid was a standout braggadocious rap track about Lil Baby’s rags-to-riches story. 42 Dugg featured prominently on the single, with it becoming his first Top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100.
We Paid would top out at number ten on the Hot 100 and dethroned Lil Baby’s own song, The Bigger Picture for number one in all genres on Apple Music. It ended up receiving a nomination for Song of Summer Award at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.
14. Girls Want Girls
Another incredible Drake-Lil Baby team-up gave us the song Girls Want Girls. It was released as the third track on Drake’s album, Certified Lover Boy, in 2021, becoming the second single released from the album. The song was super catchy, but it received large amounts of criticism for being about Drake’s attraction to lesbians and the confusing lyrics it contained. Despite the unsteady critic ground, the song peaked at number two on the Hot 100, UK Singles, and ARIA Singles charts.
15. Close Friends
Serving as the second single for Lil Baby’s collaborative mixtape with Gunna on Drip Harder, Close Friends is about as close to a love song as you’ll find from Lil Baby. The music video was shot in Paris, featuring Lil Baby and his real-life girlfriend at the time, and was released the day before Valentine’s Day in 2019. It shot to number one on Billboard’s US Rhythmic chart, breaking into the Top 20 of the US R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, and climbing to number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Global is one of Lil Baby’s most underrated tracks in his career. The first track on his Street Gossip mixtape, it mirrors where Lil Baby’s career was at when he released it. The song itself is all about the desire to find success while also being a fairly honest introspective on his mindset at the time. The lines like “Made myself a millionaire, only took a year, dawg. Thinkin’ bout what I been through, I can make a tear fall” are there to show what a journey it’s been and how amazing getting those big breaks is to Lil Baby.
17. My Dawg
Even early in his career, Lil Baby was releasing some great songs. My Dawg was the lead single from Lil Baby’s Harder Than Hard mixtape in 2017 and would be ranked by some critics as one of the best two or three songs he’s ever released. My Dawg peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the Top 30 of the R&B/Hip Hop charts. Months later, a remixed version of the song was released that featured new verses from Quavo, Moneybagg Yo, and Kodak Black that was included on the compilation album Quality Control: Control the Streets Volume 1.
18. Hats Off
Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and Travis Scott teamed up to produce Hats Off. Baby summarizes his rise to fame quickly, with the line, “We had TV, but we didn’t have cable/ Now I’m richer than all of my neighbors,” summing it up pretty easily. Many critics saw the song as the standout track of baby and Durk’s Voice of the Heroes collaboration and it’s turned into a fan favorite song.
19. Life Goes On
Lil Baby’s debut studio album saw appearances by some big names in the rap world. Life Goes On had both Gunna and Lil Uzi Vert drop verses that boasted about their incredible lifestyle. Critically, the song was met with a lot of praise, with Spin magazine saying it was one of the best songs on the album and HipHopDX praising its subtle melodies. Life Goes On would peak at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 36 on the R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.
20. Real Spill
Lil Baby’s third studio album, It’s Only Me, opened with a bang in Real Spill. The whole song revolves around how different Lil Baby’s life has become and the pressure associated with his level of visibility. The song would go on to reach number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and break the top five of the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.
21. p r i d e . i s . t h e . d e v i l
Some of Lil Baby’s best songs come when he’s featured on tracks by other artists, like his collaborations with Drake and this song by J. Cole. Pride is the Devil was produced as part of J. Cole’s sixth studio album, The Off-Season, and was released in 2021.
It ended up as the first time the two rappers worked together professionally, though they had appeared together in recording sessions before. In 2022, Pride is the Devil earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Melodic Rap Performance. The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. It would also break the Top 20 in Australia, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand.
No matter how much money you make, no matter how much success you find, you can still be affected by your past and the traumas that lie within it. Danger explores those themes, reminding us that Baby is never going to stop pushing forward even if he can’t take the time to celebrate his progress so far. It’s a standout song on It’s Only Me, and despite not being a single release that saw a great commercial performance, it’s a classic Lil Baby song that fans just eat up.
23. Not Finished
Not Finished is an intense track from Lil Baby’s My Turn. While he knows he’s finally attained success, this song is a massive reminder to the world that he’s nowhere near done and is going to keep going no matter what.
Heyy is a nice change of pace for Lil Baby fans that are used to his signature sound. He uses a different flow than normal, taking a note from the Detroit hip hop scene and spitting bars throughout the entire song. It was originally released as a teaser to promote the album, It’s Only Me.
25. Never Needed Help
One of the best tracks on Harder Than Ever, Never Needed Help celebrates Lil Baby’s success as a rapper and the idea that he made it on his own, without any handouts or help from people around him. While he has teamed up with big stars like Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, and Young Thug, Baby has always produced banger tracks on his own and those are the signs that vaulted him to the fame he’s reached today.
26. Heatin Up
An epic, bar-trading trap song between Baby and Gunna is exactly what you would want from the duo. Heatin’ Up served as the second track on baby’s My Turn album and it’s easily one of the songs that helped make it so successful.
27. To The Top
To the Top is one of Baby’s slowest and most sentimental songs. It’s a genuine and authentic record that discusses how he’s had to adapt to fame, find the motivation to keep going, and still make time to acknowledge how far he’s come.
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