While Macklemore is currently taking white people to task, chaos has ensued on Seattle’s Hip Hop front.
In December of last year, Black Umbrella’s Raz Simone released a fuming video in “Green Light” that perceivably sends shots at his crosstown rapping counterpart, Bingx. The visual’s opening utilizes clips from Bingx’s yet unreleased video for his single “Traffic,” which mysteriously appeared on YouTube under Bingx’s government name Chan Hendrickson before being taken down.
As a direct result, the record reportedly spawned death threats on Bingx’s phone that warned he would be killed if he booked another show in Seattle. To add insult to the growing tension, Fatal Lucciano, member of Raz Simone’s crew, followed up with a diss of his own titled “Domestic Violence” and even popped up at a Bingx show and tried to snatch the mic, à la Slim Jesus.
All the turmoil has prompted Cavigold Records label executive Scott McKinley to release a statement, in effort to raise awareness to the situation in hopes to quell the ruckus from going any further.
“We have enough problems in the world,” McKinley explains. “There are people who are dealing with real terrorists and having to flee their country. Threatening an artist’s life for the art they create makes little sense. Everyone needs to take a step back and realize that music should transcend race. Speaking your thoughts in your music and confronting life issues is what built Hip Hop. History has shown us that there’s room for everyone in Hip Hop. We need to all get along and rebuild our music industry. Cavigold Records and its artists stand up for what they believe in and believe in bringing positive vibes.”
Last week, Bingx extended the beef’s timeline with a response record titled “Time For That,” which preached peace over war. On January 28, Simone released his new mixtape, Trap Spirituals, which anchors with the song “Green Light.”
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