YG might have a point.
YG’s distaste for LAPD can only really be matched by his animosity toward Donald Trump. And when you come from where he does, seeing constant harassment even outside of his own likely negative interactions with law enforcement, can you really blame him?
All of that’s a bit of scene-setting for the news that YG got into a tense stand-off with police after they pulled him over on Wednesday (August 9th). Police pulled him over in Burbank, citing his dark tint as a reason for stopping him. They asked him for his license and registration and he refused.
The police followed up the request by asking YG to step out of his car and he flatly refused, giving them a “no” and explaining that he feared for his own safety if he were to step out of the car. Given that he’s shared harrowing tales of police brutality on tracks like “One Time Comin” — he even dedicated that single to victims of violence at the hands of police — it’s easy to see why YG might be a little bit skittish about dealing with local law enforcement.
Backup arrived and after a bit more back-and-forth the rapper finally agreed to exit the vehicle. After he did, it was revealed that he had neither his license nor a registration. He was cited for his tint, driving without ID and not having a license plate.
A Record On Police Brutality
On his straightforward track “Police Get Away With Murder,” YG explained why he distrusts law enforcement. “Oh this can’t be America. Y’all badge don’t mean y’all got the right to take one of my n*ggas lives,” he rapped. “Black males in a hoodie that’s a target to them. They say he oversized and choked him out that was harmless to them. They’ll hit us and try to blame it like I ain’t owe this to them. But f*ck it, I’m waking my people making it harder for them.”
The track ends with a list of people killed by police when they were unarmed. Since that song was released, YG has frequently spoken out when high-profile police shootings make their way into the news. He talked regularly about the shooting of Philando Castile and also talked up lesser known cases like the shooting of autistic man in Miami who was laying on the ground when police opened fire. He urged the man to sue the City of Miami on Twitter.
Beef With Trump
In addition to his continued activism against police brutality, YG has emboldened anti-authoritarians of a different stripe with his concise takedown of the POTUS. “FDT” has become a staple of protests of the 45th president with its easily shareable chorus acting as a rallying cry for people who are upset with the policies and actions of The Donald.
His song actually got him monitored by the Secret Service, who interpreted the the rapper’s bold declaration of “F*ck Donald Trump” as a potential threat to the president. They couldn’t have been too pleased when he had fans destroy a Trump piata.
What do you think? Is YG right to be so fearful of the police? Should he have complied with police orders or was he correct to stay in the car until backup arrived? Does the fact that he was driving without ID have any effect on the story? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.