The Los Angeles rap community has always had a complicated relationship with law enforcement that has resulted in rappers being targeted by the police.
Back in January, YG narrowly missed his scheduled performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards after he was arrested and booked on robbery charges three days prior to the ceremony. Fortunately, the Compton rapper was able to post the $250,000 bail and took part in the tribute performance dedicated to his late, close friend and brother-in-rhyme, Nipsey Hussle.
At the time, it was reported YG was arrested after the Los Angeles Police Department executed a search warrant for his home, although the circumstances leading to his arrest have remained unclear.
YG was not charged at the time and, during an interview with The Morning Hustle, he opened up about the unpleasant experience. He revealed that he was asleep at home with his family when he heard banging on the front door at around 4:00 a.m. YG went downstairs to see about the commotion and opened the door only for the police to barge in with their guns drawn while a helicopter flew over his home.
YG complied with the authorities, but recounted the anger he felt as officers drew their guns on his two daughters who were 6-years old and 4-years-old at the time. The girls were upstairs in a room with their mother at the time.
“They go up in the room and they got their AKs all in my kids face like ‘Don’t move,’” YG recalled. “I’m like, bro, what the f**k is y’all doing? Y’all got me f***ed up. They are doing this to my little kids. And these are little girls.”
YG has been one of the leading voices speaking out against police brutality amid the wave of protests sparked by the police killing of Houston native George Floyd. In June, he released a protest anthem, “FTP”.
YG continued that he used to be harassed by the police, saying, “I’ve been through a lot of other stuff with the police. I’m from the streets, you feel me, so I got a target on my back already from that. When you from a certain area, the police are going to f**k with you.”
He added, “It’s sad to say but when [you’re] Black, you feel like that’s what comes with being Black. It’s normal.”
Check out the rest of his remarks on police brutality around the 5-minute mark below.
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