Remember that mother of four whose rant on Vince Staples’ song “Norf Norf” went viral? It’s hard to forget her emotional outburst over the song being played on her daughter’s favorite radio station, and how, while crying, she read the lyrics on camera, which made her even more upset.
In an interview with the Independent, Staples responded to the video:
“I don’t really have much to say about the video — I don’t think it’s funny at all,” he said. “It’s not right to attack someone over their stance, their opinions, and their religion. I think that’s very immature.”
He later tweeted that the Independent misquoted him, and elaborated on the subject: “What I was saying was that the woman in that video is clearly confused on the context of the song which causes her to be frightened,” he said. “She also, in my opinion, seems to be emotionally unstable. With both those things being said, she has a right to her opinion. No person needs to be attacked for their opinion on what they see to be appropriate for their children. They have a right to it. This misunderstanding of our community leads to miscommunication which we should convert into a progressive dialogue.”
While most rappers would have jumped on the bandwagon with their fans and poked fun at the mom, in classic Staples fashion, he took the higher road.
Like he said, it is just a misunderstanding, one that probably wouldn’t have happened if the mother would broaden her understanding of other communities. But, Staples’ eloquent response is exactly why we should all appreciate his voice so much: In a sea of rappers, his point of view rises above the rest.
By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.
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