Rap song stirs out­rage, protests

Record­ing artist YG song en­cour­ages rob­bing Chi­nese homes; Chi­nese rap­pers re­spond in verse, ‘diss’ ex­change goes vi­ral

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By HEZI JIANG in New York hez­i­jiang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

“First, you find a house and scope it out. Find a Chi­nese neigh­bor­hood, be­cause they don’t be­lieve in bank ac­counts.”

The lyrics from Black rap­per YG’s song Meet the Flock­ers, a step-by-step guide on how to per­form a bur­glary, has out­raged the Chi­nese-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity and ne­ti­zens on the other side of the globe.

Chi­nese rap­pers have hit back at YG with “diss tracks”, in­clud­ing a Chi­nese-lan­guage hip hop song by the Whale Is­land Band, and an English track by Ph Dragon, a PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“Yo YG, now the Chi­nese neigh­bor­hood find you, and you gonna taste your own stuff (clean ver­sion). What goes around comes around, check­ing out Youtube look here what I found.”

The song on Youtube has re­ceived more than 130,000 views and 6,000 likes. As of Oct 7, Ph Dragon had crowd­funded more than $3,000 to shoot a mu­sic video for the “diss track”.

“After hear­ing YG’s song on rob­bing Chi­nese, as a Chi­nese rap­per, I felt I needed to get our voice heard, but I never ex­pected the song to get so pop­u­lar,” wrote Ph Dragon on China’s equiv­a­lent of Quora, Zhihu.

“I didn’t write the song to at­tack blacks,” he said. “I just want peo­ple to know we Chi­nese are not door­mats.”

Oth­ers are fight­ing the lyrics with po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence.

More than 60,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion to the White House, ask­ing for a ban on the song.

John Chan of Brook­lyn Asian Com­mu­ni­ties Em­pow­er­ment con­firmed dur­ing a Mon­day press con­fer­ence that they were or­ga­niz­ing a protest in Philadel­phia on Oct 15, the same day YG is giv­ing a con­cert in the city.

“We have to get our voice heard,” said Chan, who was also the main or­ga­nizer of the ral­lies for Chi­nese-Amer­i­can po­lice of­fi­cer Peter Liang ear­lier year.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers at the con­fer­ence also call for a big­ger turnout rate for the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“The more votes we get, the louder our voice will be,” said Chung Dick, vice-chair­man of the Amer­i­can Chi­nese Com­merce As­so­ci­a­tion. “Each vote counts.”

The con­tro­versy has even caused up­roar in China. Re­cently, Ne­ti­zens have been shar­ing YG’s song along with footage of a Chi­nese woman fend­ing off three bur­glars in her home in At­lanta.

“The over­seas Chi­nese should learn from her, and use guns to pro­tect them­selves,” said a user on Weibo.

YG and his record la­bel Def Jam have not openly re­sponded to the protests.

6,000 likes Re­sponse to Ph Dragon’s song

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