The Grammys are facing black-lash— again and it involves late rapper Drakeo The Ruler!
During the Memoriam segment of the award show, Drakeo The Ruler’s name was left out, leaving many of his fans upset, including his brother Rafly The Plug.
According to Hot New Hip Hop, Drakeo’s brother released a formal statement to TMZ following the disappointment from The Grammys.
“On behalf of Drakeo The Ruler, Ketchy The Great and The Stinc Team, it comes off as a spit in the face disregarding the facts that we’ve created an entire movement that generated the momentum for underground emerging L.A. artists to have a platform. Let alone the reality that we lost my Brother, Drakeo The Ruler, the poster child for systematic prejudices against rappers by law enforcement using lyrics against our culture and violating what they call our constitutional rights of freedom of speech- The First Amendment.”
Rafly The Plug notes his brother died during something he loved the most: performing.
“Leaving Drakeo out of their tribute and by not giving him any acknowledgment of his existence sums up exactly what we feel the industry has been trying to do. Erase us.” The Grammys have also received heat for labeling Virgil Abloh as simply a “Hip Hop Fashion Designer.” The Academy has not responded to these reactions or controversies.
Drakeo The Ruler was murdered in December of last year at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival.
His feelings and responses are very valid! Cousins, what do you guys think?