Bryson Lashun Potts, known professionally as NLE Choppa, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. He rose to fame with his 2019 single “Shotta Flow.” That hit was certified platinum by the RIAA and peaked in the top-40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Recently he has been getting a lot of hate for a video he made, because he apparently believes that he has the right to say anything he wants to people.
The Asian Community is getting upset over the depiction in a new video by the rapper. First of all, lets talk about the complicated relationship between the Black community and the Asian. For the longest time, we have seen tension and Hip-Hop helped put that in the front and in the ears of fans.
“Asian Hate” is a popular subject of conversation. It was perpetuated by the weird notion that Covid-19 was the Asian Flu. Then some people even got violent in places like New York. NLE Choppa was born in the early 2000s, so he should be old enough to know better.
A video is going viral of him roasting an Asian man, throwing out insulting and racist rhetoric. He then took shots at another stranger on the plane who had darker complexion. Some fans are calling out the rapper for being racist against Asians in a huge way, especially since promotional material for his music features him with his foot on a dead Asian man.
Choppa’s words were not nice and some would say racist. We don’t really know what happened before he went live or the vid was posted, but it was wild to see him joking, “Ying Ying over here took my daddy seat.” This was to the delight of his crew who flocked around him to encourage this behavior.
NLE Choppa has not really said anything, but he did make a remark that seemed to be directed at the “controversy.” Whether this is just having fun or being racist will definitely be up for debate among different groups.