DJ Akademiks Addresses Reactions Following His Remarks That Rap Pioneers Are Dusty & Broke: They’re Using Two Words To Kind Of Paint A Large Brush On Everything I’ve Done
DJ Akademiks (real name Livingston Allen) is setting the record straight following his remarks that pioneers in the rap game are dusty and broke.
During a recent interview on The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne The God asked the YouTuber & podcast host if he’s had time to reflect on his comments, that, in typical fashion, placed him in the hot seat across social media. In response, DJ Akademiks said,
“If I knew it was going to be, even amplified to that reach, yes, I would’ve not said that to hopefully let’s have the conversation. But granted, we just all agreed, they don’t want to talk about it anyway.”
In regards to offering an apology to the pioneers in the rap game, DJ Akademiks said,
“Here’s the thing, I can’t apologize for something I didn’t do. Like, I didn’t call all of them dusty. … I never said that money could be equitable to hip hop contributions in the past. … That’s what I regret [not saying anyone’s name in particular]. I didn’t think my audience was even going to know the dude.”
“What legitimately, besides that comment, do people believe that shows lack of respect of the culture, or even historically, rappers who came before? … They’re using two words to kind of paint a large brush on everything I’ve done.”
During the interview, DJ Akademiks noted that the person he was referring to has also responded to his remarks, though he still failed to put a name on it. Overall, he said he was proud to see everyone on the same page when it came to how they reacted to what he said — even if it meant everyone was against him.
As previously reported, DJ Akademiks made some comments on his podcast recently in which he claimed that:
“Them old rappers man, them n*gg*s, bro, have you seen any of these old rappers who be like ‘yo they’re the foundation of Hip-Hop’ really living good? Them n*gg*s be looking really dusty, I kid you not. And none of y’all try to come for me ‘cause ion f*ck with y’all n*gg*s either so ima just tell y’all the truth. Y’all be looking — every time it be like a old old n*gg* talking about Hip-Hop you be like ‘yo bro you sure you invented this? ‘Cause everybody else living better than you.’”
LL Cool J was apparently among the “old rappers” who took offense to the remarks. In a lengthy video response, the 54-year-old “Baby” rapper let DJ Akademiks know that an individual’s contributions to the culture are not defined by how much money they do (or don’t) have. LL Cool J (real name James Todd Smith) said,
“It came to my attention that a DJ, and I’m not gon say any names because I don’t think it’s necessary. A DJ basically said that you know, a lot of the pioneers in Hip-Hop are you know, they’re ‘dusty’ or ‘how could they be the person that, you know, invented Hip-Hop if they don’t have a lot of money, or if they don’t look — represent like they have a lot of dough, right? Lemme explain something to you and say this for you guys.”
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Akademiks has also recently found himself in the crossfire of rapper turned comedian T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) as well as businesswoman/reality TV star Toya Johnson. While discussing the dating preferences of 23-year-old Reginae Carter — whom Toya Johnson shares with hip hop icon Lil Wayne — Akademiks stated:
“She loved the hood n*gga, he had thug life tatted across his chest. I think even Wayne had thug life tatted across his chest….she loved that n*gga man. You know theses b*tches, let me not call her a b*tch, you know these chicks be like they love a hood n*gga – of course they love a hood n*gga, til that n*gga facing 25 to life.”
The podcaster was referring to Reginae Carter’s relationship with rapper YFN Lucci, who is currently in an Atlanta jail awaiting trial for a murder charge. Following the live, Reginae Carter’s mother Toya Johnson posted a warning for the podcaster not to speak on her daughter. She said,
“I can’t stand men that do b*tch sh*t. Keep my daughter name out your mouth. Clout chasing is all an all time high. Let her live her 23 yr old life. Worry about you and yours. Thanks.”
In the caption of her Instagram post, Toya Johnson said,
“I hate when I let people take me out my character but one thing about it I don’t play about my kids. @akademiks stop playing with my child. You to grown to be worrying about what a 23 yr old doing. Calling her a b*tch and all that sh*t is not cool. You men worse than females and this sh*t is getting out of hand.”
T.I. also came to the defense of his “niece” Reginae, who is best friends with his and Tameka “Tiny” Harris’ daughter Zonnique Pullians and appeared frequently with her mother on their VH1 reality series The Family Hustle. The “What Up, What’s Haapnin’” rapper said,
“I would love to have a word with Akademiks. I put a call out to him; hopefully we can communicate our way to a positive resolution.”
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