After calling off his earlier protest, YG hit the streets of Hollywood on Sunday as part of a protest with Black Lives Matter. Over 50,000 people filled the streets to peacefully protest the killings of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police.
YG was joined by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, along with other celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod, Machine Gun Kelly, Vanessa Hudgens, Karrueche Tran, and Marlon Wayans.
The Compton rapper also took the opportunity to shoot a video for his song “FTP (F**k the Police),” rapping the lyrics as fans held up protest signs. But he received backlash from some who thought he was taking advantage of the movement.
Chika was among those who voiced her disapproval. “shooting a music video while breonna taylor’s killers are still walking the streets is fucking disgusting,” tweeted the rapper, who was in attendance at the Hollywood demonstration.
shooting a music video while breonna taylor’s killers are still walking the streets is fucking disgusting.
She continued to call out YG in an Instagram video. “Why the fuck are you shooting a music video, you selfish ni**a?” she said. “I’m mad because you’re out here using people’s names. People are chanting these names because they’ve passed, and you’re over here doing it for a music video. I ain’t seen you at one of these protests.
“You’re capitalizing off of people being fucking tired. I showed up fucking tired because I give a fuck about these people who’ve died and making sure no one else dies–that’s why we’re out here. You’re capitalizing on the fact that people are willing to put their bodies on the front lines for your stupid ass music video. No one even listens to you outside of California.”
Taking to Instagram, YG addressed his critics while sharing an epic aerial shot of the crowd on Hollywood Blvd.
“For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine,” wrote YG. “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.”
He said that his detractors should be more focused on his activism. “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.”
YG also reminded his critics that they’re fighting against the same enemy. “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!”