Actor LaKeith Stanfield sparks debate after claiming gangsta rap kills black people

The tragic death of migos Member Take off celebrities have questioned the influence and impact of rap music. The 28-year-old artist was shot dead early Tuesday morning, November 1, in Houston, Texas. Hours later actor LaKeith Stanfield called out followers of a particular music genre in a lengthy post on Instagram.

“If you’re for gangsta rap, you can’t be for Black too,” he wrote, before elaborated in the caption.

LaKeith Stanfield calls gangsta rap music ‘self-destructive’ after Takeoff’s death. (Photo: @lakeithstanfield/Instagram.)

“The dangerous toxicity associated with this glorified black serial killer and deadly music and imagery has people thinking it’s cool to hurt those who look like them and ONLY them. It’s okay to embrace the realities of life in the tougher realms, but let’s consider NOT perpetuating that behavior in our circles,” he wrote. “Let’s make it cool to embrace life, travel and learn new things! I know that the range of problems we contend with is much wider than just this, and that we have much work to do in many areas to restore our hearts and minds after centuries of persecution and manipulation, but we have to start somewhere.”

He continued, “At some level we have to value our lives so that when we see a human, we think before we react and see another human being. We need to stop holding up self-destructive stuff and embrace things that make us whole so we can lead the world by example. Getting reckless every now and then is part of who we are, but for the most part… turn that stupid stuff off.

Stanfield’s post suggested that violent rap music and lyrics are at the root of what kills black people. Some fans understood his unorthodox remarks, but others felt he delved too deeply into the reasons for Takeoff’s death.

“Lakeith Stanfield can’t be serious about his latest Instagram post….again, the footage you’re all getting of Takeoff’s death isn’t IT. Just send your condolences and keep moving,” one person said.

Another said: “I love Lakeith Stanfield one of my favorite actors but such a numb and irrelevant thing to say at this moment.”

Many called the “Atlanta” star a “Hypocrite” for speaking about the effects of gun violence in a minute and later glorifying it. A handful brought his cameo appearance into play SZA‘s recently released video for their long-awaited single “Shirt”. In the extremely violent clip, SZA and Stanfield play a gun-wielding couple on a killing spree.

“I’m not saying what Lakeith Stanfield says wrong, but you were just in a music video where your co-star shot someone in the head right in front of you and you were smiling,” one person said. “Don’t you want to glorify gun violence, sir?”

Another person reminded fans that Stanfield’s post calls for a specific subgenre of hip-hop music and not all of it.

This person wrote: “Just so we’re clear, Lakeith Stanfield is NOT demonizing hip hop, he’s gangsta rap/drill music! We all agree that television or media can play a role in programming young minds, so what makes this type of music exclusive?

Hip-hop also spawned the popular drill music scene that emerged in Chicago in the late 2000s. New York City Mayor Eric Adams has taken a firm stance against the subgenre’s violent themes and exploitation of gangs, drugs and violence. As previously reported, the 61-year-old politician believes drill music should be banned. But his views differ from those of his son, Jordan Colemanwho goes by the rap name Jayoo.

Coleman disagrees, but he conceded that it’s people “who commit crimes and then brag about it in songs.” The 26-year-old suggested that before the ban, his father should have “more conversations” with other hip-hop artists to better understand the music.

“Before anything is done, I think people need to have more conversations. There are a few different discussions that need to be had before you ban anything and before you allow anything to move forward in any direction,” he told Complex. “So my advice for him is to have another town hall meeting, pick some of the same people, but also change it up and invite some new people in there.”

He said, “Let’s take a few different perspectives and understand what drill rappers look like in our country as a whole, and not just New York City, so we can understand the overall culture and see where we can get ahead, rather than just looking at it to sideline this to New York City. Drill rap is everywhere and people are shooting and killing each other everywhere. So let’s not just make New York City the primary target of this situation.”

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