UPDATED 10/14/17 2:20 p.m. ET: Vince Staples wasn’t done. Hours after he explained his criticism of Eminem’s BET Hip Hop Awards freestyle, the Long Beach rapper returned to Twitter to answer more questions on the matter.
Staples reiterated that his problem wasn’t necessarily with Eminem; it was with the people who applauded the “trash” freestyle. He spoke about his respect for the Detroit rapper, but insisted his bars received more praise then they deserved. Staples said he believed this was a result of white privilege, which many Shady fans fail to acknowledge.
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Vince Staples is entitled to his own opinion. One in particular, where he weighs in on Eminem’s Trump freestyle at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, might have been taken out of context. At least, according to him.
Pitchfork ran a story this evening with the headline “Vince Staples Calls Eminem’s Trump Freestyle ‘Trash.” In the piece, Staples is quoted from his appearance at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art for the publication’s In Sight Out series. He says Em’s freestyle was “trash” and that “he can do better.”
He later explained if he were to rap those same lines, he wouldn’t of have the same impact. “If I said, ‘This is for Colin/Ball up a fist/And keep it balled up/Like Donald the bitch,’ they would be like, ‘Get this ni**a out of here.’”
Vince did share what he actually liked about the freestyle. “My favorite thing about the Eminem freestyle is the wall of dark-skinned black people behind him,” he said. “That was great.”
Shortly after the piece was published, Staples went on Twitter to clarify his words and said it was all in good fun.
The mnm statement was all in good fun I like him & Kim. @Pitchfork took it out of context because they thirsty. Lemme get these jokes off.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 14, 2017
And yall not about to sit here and try to convince me the Donald the bitch line had y’all out y’all seat shut up.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 14, 2017
How we gonna clown Xtentacion for rapping like a sorcerer on XXL but let M go full assasins creed & then deny me the right to my jokes.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 14, 2017
Me not being able to make jokes about mnm is white supremacy @pitchfork don’t make me call Cornell West.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 14, 2017
Somebody must have emailed yall mad huh? https://t.co/HQYLwz5ss1— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 14, 2017
Sorry for going hard but yall not about to turn me against B Rabbit. My heart dropped when he caught Alex fucking Wink @ the radio station.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 14, 2017
In other Vince Staples news, he shared a new freestyle over YBN Nahmir's "Rubbin Off The Paint" on his Beats 1 radio show, which you can listen below.