NLE Choppa announced plans to leave violence out of his lyrics in 2020, but his actions conflicted those words when he was involved in a brawl in Los Angeles over the weekend. A video surfaced online showing the Memphis-bred rapper getting into an argument with a man on a bicycle, with things taking a turn for the worse when the verbal confrontation turned physical.
The 18-year-old initially reacted to the news on Monday (May 3), tweeting, “Damn y’all never got hit in a fight before? bruh asked for picture I said no I’m enjoying myself and I get called scary and a bitch. I make sure I take pictures with every fan but some days I just be trying to chill and get disrespected in the process.”
He added, “And I eat punches ask bout me. Imma rush you take what you got to give and resume beating some. Honestly ain’t wanna fight I was just tryna walk the beach.”
NLE Choppa responds to fight video surfacing ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BqNxrwKCbf
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) May 3, 2021
After seeing reactions to the incident online, NLE Choppa took to Twitter once again on Tuesday (May 4), but this time saw the funny side of it.
“Y’all laughing bout me getting hit, I’m laughing at me being in the headlock,” he wrote with laughing emojis before posting a screenshot of the moment he was referencing.
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) May 4, 2021
Based on various comments within the past year, NLE had been wanting to change his image. In September 2020, he revealed his intentions to spread positivity rather than include words of violence in his music going forward.
“Ion Rap Bout Violence Nomo,” he said. “If You Hear It From Me It’s A Old Song. I Wanna Spread Positivity And Wake People Up. I’ll Still Drop Them For Y’all Tho But Just Know I’m On To Better I’m Tryna grow I Got More To Talk about Now.”
Ion Rap Bout Violence Nomo. If You Hear It From Me It’s A Old Song 💯 I Wanna Spread Positivity And Wake People Up. I’ll Still Drop Them For Y’all Tho But Just Know I’m On To Better I’m Tryna grow I Got More To Talk about Now 💜
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) September 5, 2020
NLE Choppa released his new single “Final Warning” on Friday (April 30), with the music video boasting over 7.5 million YouTube views in just five days. On the track, he raps about avoiding internet beef with lyrics like, “Never send a threat on the internet just to prove a point/That dissin’, don’t get into that, we leavin’ that to the informants.”
Watch the video below.