Watch Lil Baby and Killer Mike perform “The Bigger Picture” at the 2021 Grammys

Lil Baby performed at the 2021 Grammys tonight, with a moving rendition of his song “The Bigger Picture.” The performance included a surprise appearance by Killer Mike from Run the Jewels, who rapped a portion of RTJ4“Walking in the Snow” as Lil Baby performed in a larger piece based on protests against police brutality. In the middle of the performance, activist Tamika Mallory asked President Biden to heed the call for change.

A James Baldwin quote was read during the intro to Lil Baby’s heartwarming performance. I went:

When I was raised, I was taught in American history books that Africa had no history and neither did I. I was a savage who said the less the best, the one who had been saved by Europe and who had been brought to America. Of course I believed it. I didn’t have many options.

“My performance is important to me and I had to make sure it was correct,” Lil Baby said in a press release. He continued:

Nominations aside, performing “The Bigger Picture” is the most important thing to me. I paint pictures with my songs and I wanted the performance to bring that picture to life. As with the song, this performance had to reflect the real thing. No sugar coating. My family, my fans and my city know who I do this for.

“The Bigger Picture” earned Lil Baby nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Read “This Week’s Pitchfork Rap Best and Worst: Why Lil Baby’s Protest Song Shouldn’t Come as a Surprise and More” and follow all of Pitchfork’s coverage of the 2021 Grammys.


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