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Jidenna Expresses His Love For Nigeria In An Open Letter

If you don’t know anything else about Jidenna outside of his smash hit, “Classic Man”, you should know he his strongly passionate about his homeland of Nigeria.

If you don’t know anything else about Jidenna outside of his smash hit, “Classic Man”, you should know he is strongly passionate about his homeland of Nigeria.

Jidenna has come under fire for a recent interview on Vlad TV where he commented on being light-skinned in Nigeria. He stated, “The fact that you have African blood in you is gonna make it hard. When you’re light-skinned, you’re a heavier target for being kidnapped because you’re seen as more valuable. We were robbed–our family’s been assaulted. We’ve had a lot of issues.”

READ: Jidenna & Kendrick Lamar Team Up For The Turn Up In "Classic Man (Remix)" Video

In his own defense against his detractors who took his comments as painting Nigeria in a negative light, he penned an open letter on his website reaffirming his doubters.

He writes, “I am, always have been, and always will be proud of my Nigerian heritage. I understand the pain and anger caused by some of the comments I made in a recent interview, and I wanted to address you directly. Contrary to popular belief, this interview was not the first in which I mentioned Nigeria. In fact, I’m frequently bragging about how Nigerians attend the world’s most prestigious institutions, and how we are known to produce world class doctors, entrepreneurs, innovators, lawyers, engineers, professors, athletes and artists.”

READ: Janelle Monae and Jidenna Perform "Yoga" and "Classic Man" at 2015 BET Awards

He added, “Unfortunately, people tend to leave these moments out, and, in this case, highlight stereotypes. I would never do or say anything to intentionally disgrace the legacy of my father nor my fatherland. But to not relay my own story, both the good times and the bad, would be a disservice."

Click here for the full letter.

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Scott kicked off the discussion by commending hip-hop veterans on paving the way for younger artists. "The past generation knocked down so many doors where, you know, they were spitting a lot of pain, man," La Flame said. "They was dealing with a lot of police stuff. We’re still dealing with that now, but it wasn’t so free. Now we got more of a voice at the label."

Nas appeared to agree with Scott. "Nowadays the pain has changed. We’re after different things. We broke past the barriers," he added. "We understand what we need to do and we’re in control of what we’re doing, and no one can stop it now. No one can tell us what to do, what we can’t do. Rap music can’t be stopped now."

The conversation then shifted to politics and an artists's obligation to speak up about the things they believe in. The "Sicko Mode" rapper reached out for advice, suggesting that he was a little confused on how to tackle such a big topic. "I wouldn’t say I don’t feel compelled to speak on political issues; sometimes you just don’t want to speak too much on stuff you don’t know much about," Trav explained. "It’s not like I’m not thinking about what’s going on in the world. I’m an expressive artist, but with media and shit, it gets misconstrued."

Scott previously received backlash for performing at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show instead of standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Despite public outrage, Nas asserted that the decision to speak up should always come naturally and not depend on outside opinions. "One thing we can’t allow politics to do is take over our mind and make us fall into their game. What’s going on in the news could consume our lives. If that happens, life doesn’t go on," the Queens native said in response.

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"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

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The rapper began her message writing, "RIP baby girl" before continuing the heartfelt comments.

"When I met this young lady I literally had to hold her and put her against my body cause she could not stand yet she was so happy in a great spirit and her makeup [was] on super fleek," Cardi said when sharing a photo she took with Alaysia. "Her parents were so happy. Heaven gained the prettiest angel your not in pain anymore [sic]."

This makes me so sad 😓RIP babygirl.My condolence to her wonderful parents and family.When I met this young lady i literally had to hold her and put her against my body cause she couldn’t barely stand yet she was sooo happy in a great spirit and her make up on super fleek 💁🏽‍♀️her parents were so happy.Heaven gained the prettiest angel your not in pain anymore 💔💔Alaysia Crockett! FUCK CANCER !

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Some of the 26-year-old's fans also showed respect for the passing of Crockett posting their condolences to social media.

RIP Alaysia Crockett 💔@iamcardib #BardiGang pic.twitter.com/ZKNASZ703n

— harris (@TrueHarris) March 18, 2019

Chance the Rapper, Diddy, Evelyn Lozada, Tiny Harris and Yandy Smith also commented their condolences on Cardi's post.

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