YG Gets Heat From China

It was in 2014 when rapper YG released his album My Krazy Life; however, one song on the track is now sparking criticism from Chinese-Americans.

“Meet the Flockers,” a single on the album, is being blamed as an incitement of violence against Chinese residents in the U.S.

The lyrics about robbing houses, particularly Chinese residents, go as far to say: “First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chinese neighborhood ‘cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.” These lines were controversial when they were first released, but a recent home invasion in Atlanta has Chinese-Americans petitioning President Obama to ban the song. The recent incident involved three armed men that broke into a Chinese-American woman’s house attempting to rob her, but she shot at the invaders with a handgun.

YG’s song and accompanying music video are igniting outrage in China, too. China Daily called the song “A how-to for those who attempt to break into homes and rob a specific ethnic group.” Ph Dragon, a Chinese rapper based in L.A., released his own rebuttal diss song directed at YG, saying, “Yo, YG/Now the Chinese neighborhood finds you/And you’re gonna taste your own stuff/What goes around comes around/Checking out YouTube look here what I found/Little punk ass people rapping about robbing Chinese.” Ph Dragon continued by saying, “When I first heard the track, I felt so disrespected. I felt so hurt. I need to stand up to say something about it.”

Chinese-Americans and fellow critics of the song launched a petition on September 21st. So far, it has gained 38,000 signatures and can be signed through “We the People,” a section of the White House website. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures the government will have to respond to the complaint. Some Chinese-American business owners also went to the FBI and complained to U.S. attorneys to take video down, but were told that the 1st Amendment defends it as free speech.

Moving on from ’14, rapper YG has recently released Still Brazy and is currently touring.

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What’s Really Going on at Ca$h Money

Recently, the Lil Wayne and other Ca$h Money artists feud with label owner Birdman has reached a public tipping point. Lil Wayne, who is owed and fervently fighting for his $51 million lawsuit from Ca$h Money, has even spoken out on Twitter and televised interviews about Birdman and these legal issue mentally exhausting him to the point where he considered retiring from music—for a day.

These tweets in September worried fans:

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Rumors spread about the legal battle causing Wayne to retire from rap. Other rappers rushed to his support against Birdman and expressed their love and admiration.

A possible solution that was publicized, which has been talked about over the past year, is Rick Ross buying Wayne out of his contract with Birdman.

Within hours, Wayne reversed the rumors, reassuring his fans through Twitter:

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Wayne has been dealing with issues with Ca$h Money for years. Other artists on the label, such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga have experienced legal struggles, too. In his track, “Cash Money,” Tyga expresses his grievances with the record label not paying him:

“Cause I’m paid, cash money/Cash Money never paid me, but your boy did his thing/And still made, cash money/Yeah it’s mine, I could throw it in the air if I wanna.”

He also expresses support for Lil Wayne, who signed him onto Ca$h Money:

 “I’m a hot boy, shout out Weezy Baby/If your man is loyal, nigga you should pay him”

“I’m a hot boy, free BG/Free the Carter 5, let the streets eat.”

 On stage during his Summer Sixteen Tour in Houston, Drake shared his support for Wayne. Both Wayne and Drake yelled obscenities about the label during the concert.

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Weezy has been fighting for years to get his $51 million from Ca$h Money and the release of Tha Carter V. In recent interviews he’s said he will never work with Birdman again, and looking at the instant and widespread support he’s received, many other artists share his sentiment.

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