Aoki Lee Simmons Calls On Non-Black Hip-Hop Fans For Disrespecting The Culture

Aoki Lee Simmons at the Bloomingdale’s 150 x Harper’s Bazaar ICONSparty in New York, NY on September 9, 2022.

Following the shocking death of Migos’ member Takeoff on November 1, celebrities have been vocal about violence in the hip-hop community. One of the last public figures to speak out about the climate of rap is 20-year-old Aoki Lee Simmons, the daughter of Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons.

The model took to TikTok to share her thoughts on non-black rap fans and how they are dishonest when dealing with the genre:

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“You know that every time a black hip-hop artist, a rap artist who has broken into the American mainstream, dies, only those communities, the black community, the hip-hop community, are actively involved in their memory or in mourning them. At the same time, like so many privileged non-black people live their lives…the soundtrack of their lives is this music…they use it for everything…they get so much value from these people, these artists, and from their life stories. ”

I hope this is well worded. Remembering Kirshnik Khari Ball, and his loved ones, the artist rises and his fans, today. But he and so many black artists deserve better than this kind of fan. Who can post the music, the speculated drama and everything else but not their death.

Simmons didn’t stop there:

‘But if the artist dies – not a word. So much of what makes hip-hop so captivating is that it’s about stories. Part of what makes it so appealing to white America is that it’s so often the stories of black Americans’ traumatic experiences…”

She also explained that topics these artists rap about are “relevant issues” and listeners who try to place themselves “vicariously” in hip-hop often distance themselves once this happens.

“You want to appreciate the art, take advantage of the art, give profit to their art, but completely devalue it and continue to suppress and ignore the artist’s humanity. So when these artists die young, it’s so obvious how much these “fans” care about them as people… the problems that kill your favorite rapper are often the same problems that people march on the street for – but there’s a connection to That. “

She ended the video by saying that everything she has is due to black art and why it’s important to talk about how it’s regularly belittled.

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