The Compton MC received backlash on social media on Sunday.
YG teamed up with Los Angeles’ chapter of Black Lives Matter to assemble a protest on Hollywood Boulevard over the weekend. Thousands of people showed up. However, his use of the time has drawn the ire of many on social media.
During the gathering, YG shot the video for his most recent song. The track, “FTP,” takes aim at police across the country. He took to Instagram on Monday morning to defend the impromptu video shoot.
“For anyone out there talking,” he wrote, “I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine. See you gotta understand that a lot of people out there see me as a n*gga. They don’t see the black proud man. They see a kid form Bompton and they expect violence.”
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For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine. See you gotta understand that a lot of people out there they see me as a N*gga. They don’t see the black proud man. They see a kid from Bompton and they expect violence. They hear FTP and they think I’m gonna come and burn my city. So we showed up and did it right. We proved them wrong. The real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to peacefully protest and unite for change. I wanted to document that so when they hear this song and think we are reckless and violent they see a peaceful protest of all different people coming together for a common cause. That is history. That is breaking down these stereotypes on our people and our neighborhoods. All of us protesting are on the same side here..instead of questioning each other’s activism we should be directing that energy at the cops and the government and helping to create the change we want to see. Stay focused and stop that social media judgement without knowing facts and hurting a cause we all a part of. We got a real enemy and it ain’t eachother. On my momma! 🎥 @yakooza
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By all accounts, the event went peacefully.
“They hear FTP and they think I’m gonna come and burn my city,” he continued. “We showed up and did it right…the real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to protest and unite for change.”
YG originally attempted to organize a protest last weekend after releasing the song. Out of concerns for his fans’ safety, he teamed up with Black Lives Matter to reschedule the event.
“We should be directing that energy at the cops,” he continued, “and the government and helping create the change we want to see. Stay focused…we got a real enemy and it ain’t each other.”