Lil Baby Flexes Blood Diamond Earrings, Social Media Slams Him For “Contributing To Child Slavery”

The “My Turn” rapper proudly let his IG followers know that his jewels weren’t made in a lab.

BYHayley Hynes
Lil Baby Flexes Blood Diamond Earrings, Social Media Slams Him For “Contributing To Child Slavery”

In the age of social media, most rappers would certainly agree that your image is just as important as the music you're putting out. Most of the names at the top of the charts are often lyricizing about their luxurious lifestyles. Concurrently, it only makes sense that they share some of that lavishnesses online from time to time. Most recently, Lil Baby reminded the world that, rather than having his jewellery made by human hands, it comes from the controversial African mines where countless children partake in slavery on a regular basis.

Monday (March 20) saw the father of two flexing his flashy, larger-than-life earrings on his Instagram Story. "These ain't lab diamonds," he assured viewers, setting himself apart from the rest. "My shit out the mud, these real stones 💎💎." As he continued recording, Baby showed off more of his expensive outfit. He completed his look with Nike's new Air Force 1 Low "Tiffany" colourway on his feet, and more silver accessories on his wrist and neck.

Lil Baby's Earrings are Fresh "Out The Mud"

While some were inspired by Baby's major flex, others in DJ Akademiks' comment section made it known that the My Turn hitmaker's video left them feeling disappointed. "A five-year-old without an arm in Sierra Leone is digging it up," one person speculated. "Basically he got taxed for child labour diamonds. Ain't nothing wrong with lab [made]," someone else pointed out. The general public is obviously unimpressed. However, another rap star – Lil Yachty – left a seemingly positive message about his friend's foreign gems. "On God!!!" the former SoundCloud star wrote.

Elsewhere in the replies, another IG user explained the difference between Lil Baby's diamonds and those which are made by humans. "One is found in nature and the other one is made in a lab. But both are real," they shared. "The beef starts with the jewelry industry because lab diamonds cut the middle man and the process is cheaper and faster to make, that’s why the jewellery industry throws so much negative shade at it." Are you a fan of the 28-year-old's earrings? Let us know in the comments, and check back later for more hip-hop news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.