On Sunday, Lil Pump posted a snippet of his song “Butterfly Doors” on Instagram and Twitter, complete with the racist gesture of pulling his eyelids back to mock people of Asian descent while rapping, “Smokin’ on dope / They call me Yao Ming ’cause my eyes real low / Ching chong.” (The Instagram post has since been deleted.)
The Colombian-American rapper known for his 2017 hit “Gucci Gang” is facing backlash from around the globe, from floods of angry comments on the internet to clapbacks from both Chinese and Chinese-American rappers. Below is a collection of their diss tracks.
Dzknow and Melo of Chengdu rap group Higher Brothers, which is currently touring the United States, commented directly on the rapper’s IG account, ready to remix his song into a diss track.
CD Rev, short for Chengdu Revolution, a Sichuan-based rap group that has worked with the Communist Youth League of China, was one of the first to respond to Lil Pump.
CD Rev released a message in English with a song titled F*** Lil Pump.
Written by the group’s Li Yijie, or “Pissy,” it addresses Lil Pump’s racism head on, drawing parallels between the Colombian-American’s actions with those of white racists.
The track criticizes the rapper for his ignorance in a country that has had a violent and racist history toward black and Native Americans.
“The fact is you and white racists the same / Respect yourself, you’ve suffered the pain / You don’t know anything ’bout the history / Cuz you a nation of immigrants, and if you really won’t take it serious, check it out on those Indians.”
Li said, “My first reaction was anger. Not only were the lyrics insulting, he made the face gesture, the whole package. It means that he understood what it meant—understood that it is discriminatory language.”
MC Jin, the first Asian-American rapper to sign with a major record label in the United States, dropped his own diss track in response to Lil Pump on Thursday.
“And this is more than a hunch / You probably got the same supporters as Trump,” likely a reference to the rapper’s 2018 “I Love It” collaboration with Kanye West, a (formerly) outspoken Donald Trump supporter.
Lil Pump’s transgression comes during a wave of public outcry against racism toward people who are ethnically Chinese, including Dolce & Gabana’s offensive advertising campaign and the exposé of its co-founder, Stefano Gabbana, calling China “a country of shit.”
Lil Pump has not responded to the rappers or made any comments on the criticism.