DaBaby sat down with Ebro Darden for Beats 1 Radio and spoke about his debut album Kirk and how he is a true student of the game. Ebro praised DaBaby for being able to balance the pursuit of mainstream success while keeping himself grounded in real rap.

“When it comes to the music, the traits you got to have in order to make lit music, club music, to have the swag with it, to have the lingo—I got those traits, you know what I mean,” he said. “Just from my environment I came up…and I got the brains to be able to play around with what words.” DaBaby attributes his own skill as a lyricist to his ear for thoughtful rhymes, like those verses coming from hip-hop heavyweights J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.