DaniLeigh received backlash on Thursday (January 21) after sharing a snippet of her new song “Yellow Bone,” which featured lyrics about her partner wanting a light-skinned woman. Moments after posting, she was called out for using the term “yellow bone” and accused of taking aim at the skin tone of MeMe — her partner DaBaby‘s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.
Later that day, the Miami native attempted to justify her actions with a since-deleted tweet involving a backhanded apology.
“Congratulations y’all gotta another thing to say about me when u hate,” DaniLeigh said on Twitter. “it’s all good .. only God can ‘cancel’ me… that shit don’t mean shit to me bc the people around me are the ones that know my heart and intention and real life … I’m sorry if I offended u .”
Many people including Alabama-bred rapper Chika were less than impressed by her reaction to the controversy.
“This is a terrible response to valid criticism,” Chika wrote. “No shade. as a black woman, you should be more than aware of colorism & why this song wouldn’t sit well with a black audience. it doesn’t feel good having a billion people at your neck, but it’s not about being ‘canceled.’ it’s about taking accountability.”
no shade. as a black woman, you should be more than aware of colorism & why this song wouldn’t sit well with a black audience. it doesn’t feel good having a billion people at your neck, but it’s not about being “canceled.” it’s about taking accountability.
— CHIKA ? (@oranicuhh) January 21, 2021
DaniLeigh initially responded to the public response in the comments of her Instagram video, before deleting the post altogether.
“Why I can’t make a song for my light skin baddies??” she wrote. “Why y’all think I’m hating on other colors when there are millions of songs speaking on all types.. why y’all so sensitive & take it personal .. gahhhh damn.”
Despite the public response, DaBaby commented with several yellow emojis.
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Following her original tweet, DaniLeigh continued with more Twitter posts calling out “haters” and telling people to “stop playing” with her.
“YALL DON’T KNOW ME,” she said. “Ima keep letting God bless me .. while y’all sit back and judge me && sit behind y’all lil phones and type shit about another woman .. y’all all HATERS. Done talking .. bout to post how fine I looked yesterday.”
She added, “Y’all NOT FOR ME. And I said is what he want !!!! Not what the world want … I’m talking bout myself … stop playing w me .”