It has been a humbling experience for Tyga, after releasing the ‘Ay Caramba’ video. He has been facing backlash from American Cholo over stereotyping Latino’s in the video.
Tyga was making the apology while appearing at the Power 106 show in Los Angeles CA. The rapper was responding to American Cholo’s criticism of his song. In his assertion, he believes that if the artist was a non-black person, people of color would have been offended. He added that Tyga should equally not get a pass for being black.
Tyga Says There was no Malice
American Cholo raised issues with the ‘Ay Caramba’ video visuals. He believes that the graphics perpetuated and visualized stereotypes about Latinos.
Tyga says that he did not respond to the concerns on time because he was “confused”. He later elaborated that he never meant to mock the Mexican and Latino cultures. He further added that the experience is a learning curve that improved his education, edification, and understanding of the intricacies of different cultures.
A Safe Space for Artists
American Cholo on the other hand believes that the apology is genuine, and the artist never meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. Justin Credible – L.A. Leakers on Power 106 welcomed the apology as a positive step towards healing and reconciliation. He further said that the platform is committed to offering a safe space for artists to communicate openly.
Owning Up to Mistakes
Taking responsibility for wrongful acts and omissions is the way to go. Hip-hop artists enjoy celebrity status in society and millions of their fans look up to them as a benchmark for living.
Recent rappers who have issued apologized include Kanye West after using capital letters on an Instagram post. Will Smith asked for forgiveness for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. However, some artists such as Dave Chappelle are unapologetic for criticism.