China has found its least favorite rapper.
Back in 2014, Compton rap artist YG released his debut album My Krazy Life to widespread critical acclaim. However, it seems that few of those critics were Chinese American. Now, two years later, the rapper is facing numerous new critiques on his work thanks to one song on the album called “Meet the Flockers,” in which YG describes his experience as a burglar step by step. Here’s how that one starts out:
First, you find a house and scope it out
Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts
That couplet has managed to piss off Chinese overseas and back home. A music video for the song itself shows armed and masked men burgling a home. On YouTube, the video has over 250,000 views, 805 likes and 13,000 dislikes.
In the comments section underneath, commenters are calling for YouTube to delete the video and advising Chinese Americans to buy guys to protect themselves from rappers like YG. “My Chinese friends! We stand beside you against these criminal thugs,” the top comments reads.
Coincidentally, the controversy coincides with an attempted armed burglary of a Chinese-American shopkeeper’s home in Georgia earlier this month. The intruders were forced to flee when the woman emerged from her bedroom in her pajamas with guns blazing, killing one of the burglars. Later, the woman said that robbers often target Chinese businesswomen in the area, because it is believed that they prefer to keep their money at home, rather than in banks.
That woman has become a hero for the overseas Chinese community, while YG has become their public enemy number one with various WeChat groups sharing a petition to “ban the song from public media and investigate legal responsibilities of the writer.” That petition has already received more than 37,000 signatures, it needs 63,000 more before the White House will be required to give a response.
“For a long time, Chinese Americans have been looted or even killed by certain ethnic groups. Chinese living in the U.S. always submit to humiliation and violation, making us the target for those criminals. We cannot let the video go viral, or it would harm you, your friends and family members!” reads one comment on a Chinese-American WeChat group, according to People’s Daily.
Meanwhile, if you do prefer to hide your money at home rather than at a bank, make sure that the bag is tightly-sealed, and keep it away from termites.