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YG’s Black Lives Matter-Themed ‘FTP’ Video

YG is one of Californias versatile creative content residents. From his gunman rap lyrics and high-end apparel line featured in Barneys, he has not ever failed to deliver with his visuals. His latest “FTP” music video includes clips in Los Angeles on June 7 at a demonstration that saw Black Lives Matter, with himself and the BLD PWR organization, drawing a crowd that BLM estimated at nearly 100,000 people.

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For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine. See you gotta understand that a lot of people out there they see me as a N*gga. They don’t see the black proud man. They see a kid from Bompton and they expect violence. They hear FTP and they think I’m gonna come and burn my city. So we showed up and did it right. We proved them wrong. The real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to peacefully protest and unite for change. I wanted to document that so when they hear this song and think we are reckless and violent they see a peaceful protest of all different people coming together for a common cause. That is history. That is breaking down these stereotypes on our people and our neighborhoods. All of us protesting are on the same side here..instead of questioning each other’s activism we should be directing that energy at the cops and the government and helping to create the change we want to see. Stay focused and stop that social media judgement without knowing facts and hurting a cause we all a part of. We got a real enemy and it ain’t eachother. On my momma! 🎥 @yakooza

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His music video was directed by Kariuki. Founder of Denied Approval, which is also a YouTube channel & a clothing line. Kariuki stated in a recent interview with Variety, “I really wanted to show people the realness, but also a perspective change. The song’s called “FTP” so it’s clearly biased, but I wanted to give logic, understanding, and emotion to that bias and show the realest, rawest sh– — make people feel like they’re there, seeing people getting hit in the mouth with a stick by the cops.” 

YG took the beat and hook for “FTP” forms off of another protest song FDT (Fuck Donald Trump). Released with the late Nipsey Hussle during the 2016 election. Approaching the end as YG raps about “the Ku Klux Kops,” the video shows police with hoods edited over their heads. YG had beforehand purposed an earlier protest in Los Angeles for June 2. He withdrew it due to the threat of police violence against protests.

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