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Chris Rivers Defends Big Pun & Clarifies The Misconceptions Behind His "Fear Of My Crown" Video

After taking a stand for domestic violence , Chris Rivers sets the record straight about who he's referring to in his viral music video. 

Recently, we premiered Chris Rivers' intense video for "Fear Of My Crown," and it's safe to say it has recieved plenty of mixed reactions from his fans and his father Big Pun's fans. The video highlights the painful reality of domestic violence victims, and how it can be passed down from generation to generation until someone is brave enough to stop it. After the video dropped, the overall meaning touched hearts everywhere, but it also led people to believe that the video was a literal reflection of Rivers' childhood while growing up with his father Big Pun.

Rivers says that's not the case at all. On the night before Pun's birthday, Rivers took to Pun's former producer Domingo's Facebook page to clarify that "Fear Of My Crown" was not meant to depict his or his family's life when Pun was alive and reiteraite the exact purpose of his "Fear Of My Crown" video.

“I want to first say that I’m super thankful for all of the positive feedback on all the people telling me [how much ‘Fear Of My Crown’] helped them," Rivers said. "Really, we just wanted to raise awareness for domestic violence and other things like that: people that’s felt oppressed and people that felt like they couldn’t talk about this. This is why we do that. I always speak from a personal place, but I want to tell y’all that the video itself was not a depiction of my life. It wasn’t a depiction of my father. It wasn’t a depiction of my family. It was a depiction of abuse itself, and we’re trying to raise this awareness and we’re trying to bring it up. It’s been kind of marginalized, it’s been taken out of context, so I just wanted to clear the air real quick."

On Pun's birthday, Rivers dedicated a lengthy post to his pops and emphasized just how much he really means to him no matter what they've been through. Check out his full statement below.

Even if the video isn't about Rivers or his pops, the 23-year-old rapper did what he set out to do. "Fear Of My Crown" is still an eye-opening video that raises awareness about domestic violence, and can possibly help save lives in the future.

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The Roc-A-Fella cofounder also addressed his new company on Instagram, noting that it was his first time backing an artist since Kanye West nearly 20 years ago. "The last 2 projects I’ve done was College Dropout and Late Registration," he wrote. "After such a long time away I’ve decided to jump back in with someone who I believe will be equally as impactful and change the game and be a HUGE brand with the music being the core of the business. @saintjhn made the decision easy for me because it’s very rare you come across talent like his. I’m BACK!!!!"

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Be on the look out for what's to come from Biggs' Circle of Success company and SAINt JHN.

 

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The last 2 projects I’ve done was College Dropout and Late registration. After such a long time away I’ve decided to jump back in with someone who I believe will be equally as impactful and change the game and be a HUGE brand with the music being the core of the business. @saintjhn made the decision easy for me because it’s very rare you come across talent like his. I’m BACK!!!! #circleofsuccess #management Full story in my bio...

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Daniel Kaluuya And Lakeith Stanfield To Star In Fred Hampton Movie

Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are reportedly being considered for roles in the upcoming film, Jesus Was My Homeboy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which will be produced by Ryan Coogler and distributed by Warner Bros., will depict the assassination of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton.

If the ink dries on the deal, Kaluuya will play Hampton. Stanfield will play William O’Neal, the FBI informant who went undercover and infiltrated the Black Panthers in order to obtain information that assisted in Hampton's assassination. Jesus Was My Homeboy will look at the rise and death of Hampton through the perspective of FBI informant O'Neal.

As previously noted, Fred Hampton was an activist and organizer of the Black Panther Party who quickly climbed the ranks to become its chairman of the Illinois chapter and deputy chairman. He was murdered in 1969 at the age of 21, by a tactical unit with orders from the FBI and Chicago Police Department.

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