While the ongoing investigation regarding the recent shooting at Irving Plaza in New York City continues, the incident that led to the arrest of Troy Ave is also sparking all sorts of conversations about gun violence and safety concerns at hip hop concerts.
Most recently, YG weighed in to share his opinions on the matter during an interview with Power 105.1’s DJ Self. The rapper still made a trip out to NYC although he was one of several artists whose upcoming scheduled performances was canceled by Live Nation as a result of the shooting.
"It's sad," YG says, during the on-air conversation. "Troy, that's my dude, you feel me... I don't even want to say what I really want to say on air.”
“I dunno bro, because I feel like this,” the LA-based rapper continued. “If I got popped, I would have done the same thing. I would have made my way out that joint, period. And that just go for anybody else, that's just reaction. Protocol... It come with the rap game and the streets."
The conversation also shifted towards what constitutes as snitching and what doesn’t, as well as YG’s experiences growing up on the West Coast and how that has influenced his perspective on violence in relation to rap music.
“You putting it up there so the world to see it, and with that might come consequences,” YG said when asked if publishing the surveillance footage counts as snitching.
“Jail time, you gonna get somebody caught up like that,” he continued. “But everybody ain't from the streets, so everybody ain't thinking like that. Half of this s**t is entertainment for some people. This is real stuff we go through every day.”
Listen to YG’s commentary about the recent Irving Plaza shooting in full below.
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