Royce Da 5'9" says celebrities shouldn't be forced to speak on social issues unless they want to.
Royce's comments come after J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have been accused of remaining silent during the current protests for racial justice. Although both Kendrick and Cole protested in their hometowns of Compton, California and Fayetteville, North Carolina earlier this month. [Jump to 3:27 mark].
"You got other people who are challenging J. Cole and Kendrick to shift some of the focus off of them because they ain’t doing sh*t," the Detroit wordsmith told HipHopDX. "So I think there’s places where it’s valid and there’s places where it’s just bullsh*t. It’s just like trolling ... And I think Kendrick coming out a couple days later and popping out at a Compton rally, I don’t know if that was something that was already planned or if he just did that to tell people to kind of shut the f*ck up. But if he was made to feel like that, I’m not cool with that.”
Royce then spoke about how Lil Wayne and Floyd Mayweather have addressed the protests. Earlier this month, Lil Wayne was accused of siding with police.
“Like Lil Wayne as much as I love Lil Wayne, his comments and then his attempt to clean up the comments just shows his detachment from what’s going on," Royce explained. “And it’s like, we can’t really come down on our brothers for that. We can’t come down on Floyd Mayweather for not having the slightest idea of how to get involved with anything or the slightest idea of how to express sympathy, empathy, love or anything without just writing a check about it."
"There’s a deeper problem there," he added. "That’s what happens when you give your entire life to your craft ... People who are that great and who invest their entire selves to something are like fishes out of water when they’re not doing it no more.”
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