Royce has a point
The city of Detroit made the questionable decision to give its Spirit of Detroit award to someone who is not from Detroit and doesn’t seem to have any particularly strong connection to the city. We all love Cardi B, but it does ring a little hollow to hand an award meant to recognize significant residents of the Motor City to someone who so thoroughly identifies with New York.
Maybe it was a shout out to Cardi bodying everyone around her on the new song “Motor Sport?” More likely it was just pure unadulterated thirst from the city, looking to make a few headlines. Obviously, Detroit’s own rappers took notice.
Royce Da 5’9 pointed out that New York doesn’t need help sustaining its own. The city has a whole industry of navel-gazing — the old saw about New Yorkers finding nothing more interesting than the city they call home still holds in 2017 —and Cardi is one of the city’s breakout successes. Detroit’s history as a bit of a rap backwater has created a culture of local boosterism. One that the city ignored when they handed the award to a New Yorker currently on the cover of Rolling Stone.
“Detroit, when y’all gon’ cut it out with the goofy sh*t?” said Royce Da 5’9 in an angry video. “When are we going to stop being so politically correct? This is not a politically correct business. This record industry does not care about Detroit. Where you think the ‘No Fly Zone’ came from? Where you think ‘Detroit Vs. Everybody’ came from? If we don’t put action behind those words, that’s just letters on the shirt. Nothing more than letters on a shirt.”
“I love Cardi B just like everybody else, but Cardi B don’t know shit about the spirit of Detroit,” he added.
“She ain’t even receive the Spirit of New York Award yet. What the f*ck is we giving her an award for about the spirit of our city? I’m a Spirit of Detroit Award recipient, [but] that took the umph out of it for me. Give Kash Doll the godd*mn award. Y’all gotta stop it man. Y’all gotta stop it. We must stop it. We gotta start looking out for our own artists. That’s the only way we gon’ move as a city. When are y’all gonna see that?”
Kash Doll also responded to the news. She told Royce and her fans that she’s already received the award for her contributions to the city, but agrees with the idea that the award should go to someone with a connection to Detroit.
“I already got one, it’s just weird nothing against her I just thought u had to put work in the city to get it like other artist in Detroit,” she wrote on Twitter.
Cardi seemed to have no such qualms. She geeked out over the award on her Instagram.
“I feel very special and blessed ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you CITY OF DETROIT for giving me THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT AWARD Thank you Hot 107.5 radio station for making it happen,” she wrote.
See The Rant
Check out the video up top. What do you think? Is Royce right to be upset? Shouldn’t the Spirit of Detroit award go to someone who has spent some time in Detroit? What do you think the city was hoping to gain by giving the award to Cardi? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.