YG filmed a recent interaction with police to let his fans know what happened to him if things went all the way left. The rapper attempted to show the patrol car behind him and explained that he was being pulled over on the off-chance that the police reacted to him violently.
“I’m gonna tell y’all right now,” he said while angling the phone out of the window, “if I come up shot up you already know what’s going on.”
The “FDT” rapper has previously taken on the topic of police brutality in his music and videos. His music video for “One Time Comin” showed a disparity between rich people’s interactions with police and the average person on the street. The video cut back and forth between YG leading police on a high-speed chase and body cam footage of a man running through backyards in Los Angeles. Things end poorly and ambiguously for the man on foot while YG taunts the police from the roof of his luxury car.
Beyond that video, YG famously donated a dollar of every ticket sale to the victims of police brutality. Basically, YG is initmately familiar with the way that these interactions can go, and he didn’t want anyone else shaping the story.
In that respect, he’s not alone. People across the United States have taken to filming their interactions with police in the hopes that they’ll have evidence of any misdeeds or, better yet, that the camera will force police to think about their actions. Chance The Rapper recently recorded a stop after he was pulled over leaving church with his daughter.
“Just want y’all to be here in case it gets out of hand,” Chance told his followers. “Should be good though. Should be straight.”
Chance added that he trusts people to do the right thing — including the men and women of law enforcement — but he wanted to be absolutely sure that he had evidence just in case the scene turned sour.
“I have great faith in humanity and the men and women that put on the badge, but, you know, you can’t be too careful,” he said.
Chance was in his hometown of Chicago, a city that has a history of incidents where young, unarmed black men are killed by police. Chance seemed to reference this in the stream.
“You know I’m in Chicago,” he said. “You know how they do motherf**kers out here.”
He closed the video with a final explanation.
“Again, lot of faith in the men and women, big faith in the men and women who put on the uniform. But policing as a system is disproportionately racist and oppressive. I’m with my baby, I ain’t got no burner in the car, no joints in the car. Nothing going on, just came back from church.”
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Tory Lanez pulled a similar stunt last year, albeit for a slightly more practical reason. Lanez was on his way to a meeting with a parole officer when he was pulled over by police. He filmed himself interacting with police so that he would have something to show his P.O. in the hopes that he wouldn’t get a violation for being late to the meeting.
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