Rapper responds to criticism in Twitter clip
Post Malone has denied that he doesn’t “appreciate” or is “taking advantage” of hip-hop in a new video posted to Twitter.
The rapper/singer-songwriter addressed a controversy surrounding recent remarks he made about hip-hop as well as long-standing accusations of cultural appropriation.
In a recent interview, the genre-blurring artist said that fans “looking for lyrics” and “looking to think about life” shouldn’t listen to hip-hop, suggesting they should listen to Bob Dylan instead.
Following criticism over his remarks, Malone has now addressed the controversy in a video posted to Twitter. Saying that the comments had been made during “a beer-tasting interview”, he went on to say: “Who am I to tell you you should feel a certain way when listening to something?”
“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,” he added.
Addressing accusations of cultural appropriation, Post Malone said: “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. 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.”
About his original comments, Malone explained: “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.”
“I’m 22 years old,” he added. “I have not had all the life experience in the world to talk about the most meaningful shit. I just think about what I have gone through, what’s going on in my life, and what I wanna sing about. Never once did I say I don’t appreciate hip-hop. I’m just trying to keep living and make the music that I love.”
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In the interview that caused the controversy, Post Malone had said: “If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop,” joking that because he’s white he has a lot of emotions.
Malone added: “There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real shit, but right now, there’s not a lot of people talking about real shit. Whenever I want to cry, whenever I want to sit down and have a nice cry, I’ll listen to some Bob Dylan.”
“Whenever I’m trying to have a good time and stay in a positive mood, I listen to hip-hop, because it’s fun,” he continued. “I think hip-hop is important because it brings people together in a beautiful, happy way.”
Meanwhile, Post Malone’s new album ‘Beerbongs and Bentleys’ will be released on December 1. It follows on from 2016 debut ‘Stoney’.