Lil Pump Snippet Draws Backlash, Diss Songs By Chinese Artists
A recent video snippet of a new song by Lil Pump may have excited some of his fans, but it's left some Chinese musicians unimpressed and offended.
In a post to his Instagram, a dancing Pump previewed a new song called "Butterfly Doors." While dancing to emulate the song's lyrics, he pulled the corners of his eyelids to make them look slanted, and rapped, "smoking on dope they call me Yao Ming 'cause my eyes real low (ching chong)." Both the motion and the phrase "ching chong" have been used as racist insults people of Asian descent.
South China Morning Post reports that the clip has offended Chinese rappers, and inspired them to call out Pump as racist on wax.
One their song "F*** Lil Pump," the Sichuan group CD Rev's member Li Yijie takes pointed shots at the "Gucci Gang" rapper.
“The fact is you and white racists the same / Respect yourself, you’ve suffered the pain / You don’t know anything ’bout the history / Cuz you a nation of immigrants, and if you really won’t take it serious, check it out on those Indians,” he raps.
Lil Yijie told South China Morning Post that Pump's video was intentionally insulting.
“My first reaction was anger,” he said. “Not only were the lyrics insulting, he made the face gesture, the whole package. It means that he understood what it meant – understood that it is discriminatory language. It’s quite irresponsible.”
Artists such as KungFu-Pen, ANSR J, PG One, and Lil Andy have also released their diss songs, which you can hear below.
China Mac also had a strong message for Pump, shared on his Instagram page.
"You're a little kid, so I'm going to scold you like the little boy you are. When you make these Asian jokes, you pull your eyes, say this 'ching chong' s***, [people] feel disrespected by that," Mac said. "You're going to put some respect on my culture, and on my people. You aren't going to say those statements without getting checked."
In a video posted later, China Mac announced an Asian Pride video shoot in New York City, inviting supporters to send him a private message for information to show up.
Lil Pump has not shared a response to the backlash on his Twitter or Instagram pages.