Over the past year, Lil Pump has risen from local Florida rapper to an emerging name in hip-hop. While we have yet to cover his music—mainly due to the fact that it's awful—his meteoric rise is impossible to deny.
In a short period of time, Pump has accumulated over 500k followers on SoundCloud and 2.7 million on Instagram, many of whom are enamored with his money phone stacks and the glorification of popping Xanax.
Last summer, right before Pump stepped into fame and apparent fortune and dyed his hair pink and gold, the teenage rapper conducted an interview with TheNuMiami, who according to their website is a "full-service entertainment hub," in which he openly bragged about beating a girl at school.
"It's eighth grade, nah, like seventh-grade year, I'm chillin' bruh, listening to Chief Keef and shit, it was like when Chief Keef first came out, 'Don't Like' and when all that was poppin', bruh. I was bumpin', I was just in the mood to like, split someone. I was like, 'Don't like' [hums melody]," Pump says. "And then this bitch come in front of me and she's like trippin'. I'm like, 'What's up with you bro? You better tighten that shit up.' And then that bitch gets in my face. [Smokepurrp interjects: 'Nah, didn't she throw gum in your hair?'] Yeah she got gum and threw it at me, and I was like, 'What the fuck?' [Pounds hand]. I got up and beamed the fuck out of that hoe, bruh. [Slaps hands] Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop. I fuckin' hit that bitch like an eight-piece, bro. [Smokepurrp interjects: 'He gave her, like, a 10-piece chicken nugget meal.'] Bro, the teacher was there, looking at me, he was even stoppin' and he's like, 'Damn, this nigga really whoopin' this hoe.' That nigga wasn't stoppin' shit, bro. He was like, 'My dog beating her ass.' I think he was proud, bruh. I don't usually be beatin' females, bruh, I ain't on that, but if a hoe tries me... but if a bitch tries me I'ma have to slap the fuck out your hoe ass.'"
At the time these comments were made, Pump was only 16, and the story he references during the interview, he says, occurred in seventh grade, which means he was only 12 or 13 years old. But beyond admitting he beat up a girl—excuse me, "beamed the fuck out of that hoe"—his commentary on the matter three or four years later, even for a young, naive, ignorant youth, is beyond disturbing.
Also disturbing is the podcast host finding Pump's storytelling amusing and not once addressing his disrespect and disregard for women during the interview.
When "artists" like Lil Pump have an audience of millions—most of whom are highly-impressionable young people—their words and actions become gospel. We cannot continue to let this type of behavior go unchecked.