Epic Games only released an update to version 17.30 Fortnite early Tuesday morning, but the information miners have apparently found a new file inside it: voice emote-based Migos song “AM to PM” with DaBaby, a rapper who has received widespread criticism for his homophobic comments on people living with HIV and AIDS last week. The file found in the game does not guarantee that it will be available to players, but it may be a hint of the content being processed by Epic.
DaBaby has received criticism since at least the July 25 Rolling Loud Music Festival he said:
If you didn’t show up today for HIV, AIDS, one of the deadly STDs that will kill you in two to three weeks, and then turn on your cell phone. Hyvät naiset, jos pillunne tuoksuu vedeltä, laittakaa kännykän valo päälle. Ladies, if you don’t suck a nun in the parking lot, turn on your cell phone.
He later relied on his Instagram stories, by Yahoo News:
I’m going to address this weak internet shit once, and then come back to give my love to my fans because what I and my fans are doing in a live show doesn’t apply to you on the n * **** internet or you bitter bitches on the internet. I said, “If you don’t have AIDS, turn on your cell phone lighter.” I said, “If you don’t suck dick in the parking lot, turn on the lights on your cell phone.”
All the lights came on – gay or direct – do you want to know why? Because even my gay fans don’t have fucking AIDS, stupid ass. They have no AIDS. Homofanini, they take care of themselves. They’re not nasty gay’s *****, see what I say? They are not streets on the street.
Since then, DaBaby has dropped from several festivals, including last weekend’s Lollapalooza and the future Austin City Limits, Music Midtown, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Governors balland Day N Vegas. On Instagram, he sent an apology “of my offensive and provocative comments.”
A possible emote found by data miners in 17.30 files would not be the first music to contain DaBaby music Fortnite, as Epic has said two emoticons based on his song “BOP on Broadway” and one is based on “ROCKSTAR” for sale Fortnite merchandise trade in the past. But when asked about his plans to release the emote found in the 17.30 files and whether it intends to continue selling emoticons already available, Epic declined to comment.
Epic controls which items are displayed Fortnite product trade, so it has the authority to determine whether future emoticons will be sold with DaBaby in the future. But by refusing to comment, Epic leaves open the possibility that it may offer emotion at some point.