For the uninitiated, “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” is a currently-viral song from rising Atlanta artist SahBabii. In just under two months, it's video has already amassed nearly 10 million views, aided by its virality on Instagram and talks of an impending Drake remix.
Naturally, all of this attention led to several major labels (reportedly as many as 13) wanting to take a stab at developing SahBabii into the next big thing. The lucky winner of that sweepstakes was Warner Bros., who will attempt to shepherd the 19-year-old into a bona fide artist—at least for the duration of “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick”’s shelf-life.
Since many of you might have missed the initial Drake rumors and just became aware of Sah after news of his partnership with Warner Bros. broke today (March 29), it’s only fair that we give the young man a proper introduction to our readers, or at least try to describe an artist who defies classification at every turn.
Who is SahBabii? First of all, it’s nearly impossible to talk about SahBabii without first acknowledging Young Thug and, by proxy, Lil Wayne.
Just as Young Thug was the next logical step down from Lil Wayne's skateboard-toting, martian braggadocio, only with skinnier jeans and furrier boots, SahBabii has been called the first true post-Young Thug rapper.
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Originally from Chicago, Sah and his family moved to Atlanta before his first year of junior high, taking residence on Sylvan Road, not far from Thugger's roots on Cleveland Ave. SahBabii’s introduction to the collective hip-hop conscious was “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick,” an ethereal trap anthem that finds Sah doubling up on Thugger’s divisive juxtaposition of falsetto-laced croons deceptively spouting incredibly bleak and aggressive subject matter, a growing trend in the Atlanta scene. While his videos and subject matter may be firmly rooted in the trap, Sah's production and melodic, breezy sound are much brighter.
The Young Thug comparisons are ripe for the picking from the start of “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick,” and considering Thug has since taken an interest in Sah, going so far as to fly him out to London to meet Drake, it’s apparent that all parties are aware of the lineage here.
But, not unlike his stylistic forefather Thugger, SahBabii isn’t content to just become “the next” anyone. Just a minute or two of one of the few SahBabii interviews in existence (expect that to change ASAP) is enough to surmise that his persona won’t be one that's easily boxed-in.
Again, like Thugger, Sah is a soft-spoken guy with an aversion to details when it comes to his background and artistic inspirations. When it comes to the subject of his “666” movement, however, Sah offers up an explanation rooted not in Satanic worship, but an apparent mix of Freemasonry and Pan-Africanism. I don’t have the knowledge or cultural wherewithal to try to explain the origins of this movement, so I don’t want to butcher someone else’s belief system in passing, but if you’re curious, Google “666 melanin” and dive down into the rabbit hole for yourself.
Suffice to say, SahBabii is not your run-of-the-mill, one-dimensional Worldstar sensation with little depth to fuel a career beyond one-off success. Musically, his most recent project S.A.N.D.A.S. (which, apropos of nothing, stands for Suck A Nigga Dick Ah Somethin’) showcases an eclectic representation of Atlanta’s past several years. S.A.N.D.A.S. sounds like someone threw tapes from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty and Ugly God into a blender and set it to “puree,” and I mean that in a good way.
While Warner attempts to take “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” to Platinum heights through placements on urban radio stations across the country, SahBabii has revealed that he’s already at work on a follow-up video for S.A.N.D.A.S. opener “King of the Jungle,” and has also hinted at multiple collaborations with Young Thug. Co-signs from other industry heavy-hitters, including Metro Boomin, Kehlani, Lil Uzi Vert and more are also helping spread Sah's name.
If the rumored Drake remix to “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” comes in and/or one of those Thugger collaborations take off, SahBabii has one hell of a year to look forward to.