Over the weekend, YG took to the streets of Hollywood and participated in a protest with Black Lives Matter where he also shot the video for his single “FTP ([Expletive] The Police),” a song which garnered the Los Angeles rapper some criticism.
On Monday (June 8), YG took to Instagram and addressed his critics, sharing an epic aerial shot of the protest that drew over 50,000 people to protest the murders of black citizens at the hands of law enforcement.
“For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine,” YG wrote in his caption. “See you gotta understand that a lot of people out there they see me as a [explicit]. 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,” YG continued. “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,” YG said. “Stay focused and stop that social media judgment without knowing facts and hurting a cause we all a part of. We got a real enemy and it ain’t each other. On my momma!”
Rapper Chika was among those who criticized YG for shooting his music video. “Shooting a music video while Breonna Taylor’s killers are still walking the streets is [expletive] disgusting,” she tweeted. Chika was also in attendance at the Hollywood demonstration.
In an Instagram video, Chika continued to call out YG. “Why the [expletive] are you shooting a music video, you selfish [expletive]” Chika 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 [expletive] tired. I showed up [expletive] tired because I give a [expletive] 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.”
Others in attendance of the protest were Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Machine Gun Kelly, Vanessa Hudgens, Karrueche Tran, and Marlon Wayans.
Below take a look at photos from the protest.