YG Defends Video Shoot at Los Angeles Black Lives Matter Protest

The rapper was criticized for using the movement to stage a music video for his track “FTP.”

Yesterday, LA rapper YG called for supporters to amass at the corner of Hollywood and Vine for a Black Live Matter protest. People came out in the tens of thousands, creating a sight that Hollywood Boulevard has never seem before.

Amidst the throngs of protesters, YG captured a music video for his latest track, “FTP.” As news of the performance and video recording hit social media, critics were quick to call out the rapper for co-opting the movement to stage a video, including rapper Chika, who tweeted that “shooting a music video while breonna taylor’s killers are still walking the streets is fucking disgusting.” YG has since responded to his critics, sharing incredible drone footage of the protest.

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“For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine,” the rapper wrote on Instagram alongside the footage. “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.” 

See YG’s post below.

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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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