Post Malone Responds To Backlash Over Controversial Comments On Hip-Hop - WATCH
24 November 2017, 11:48
People labelled the rapper a ‘culture vulture’ and accused him of cultural appropriation.
Post Malone has responded to the backlash he faced following his recent controversial comments on Hip-Hop.
The 'rockstar' rapper addressed the controversy surrounding his interview with Rolling Stone, where he suggested that fans who were looking for lyrics to "think about life" shouldn't listen to Hip-Hop.
He also claimed to have been a target of reverse-racism within the genre.
After the article was published, people took to Twitter to express their disapproval of his comments, following ongoing accusations of cultural appropriation Post has faced in recent months.
Post Malone seems to be attempting to distance himself from hip-hop, like Miley, Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake and others do after using the culture to mature their image and gain prominence.— Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) 22 November 2017
Post Malone, who made a career off black culture, telling the white masses not to listen to hip hop if they are looking for good lyrics. This is why white people aren't allowed to participate with us. They come in profit off us and then bash us. Block me if you support him.— auden (@prettysynthgod) 21 November 2017
In response to the criticism, Post took to Twitter to post a video explaining his remarks, adding that the comments had been made during "a beer-tasting interview".
"Who am I to tell you you should feel a certain way when listening to something?" he said.
"No matter how hard you are, no matter where you’re from, you’re going to have a time where you sit back and reflect on your life and listen to what you wanna listen to. For me, that’s Bob Dylan."
Addressing the cultural appropriation controversy, he added: "A lot of people are saying I don’t appreciate hip-hop or I’m taking advantage of hip-hop.
"My last hip-hop album was fuckin’ hip-hop, my next hip-hop album is fuckin’ hip-hop," he explained, "I love hip-hop, I make hip-hop. I wanna take this genre and stretch it so far that people who may not listen to it, listen to it."
Further attempting to explain his original comments, he said: "What I was trying to say is that a lot of people, except for a handful of artists, are saying the same shit, they’re not saying anything super meaningful."
"Never once did I say that I don't appreciate Hip-Hop, I'm just trying to keep living and make the music that I love."
The rapper, who dropped the blood-thirsty video for his 21 Savage collaboration this week, is set to drop his sophomore album 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' on 1st December.