Vince Staples wants to make it clear that his comments about Eminem’s freestyle from the BET Hip Hop Awards weren’t aimed at the Detroit rapper himself. The rapper responded on Twitter to a Pitchfork report about a statement he made during an event for the music site at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, claiming that he was taken out of context:
“It was trash,” he said. “He can do better.” Staples went on to assert that if he were to rap those lines, it would be taken less seriously: “If I said, ‘This is for Colin/Ball up a fist/And keep it balled up/Like Donald the bitch,’ they would be like, ‘Get this nigga out of here.’”
Staples also made a metaphor about Girl Scout Cookies saying, “You can support the cause and still not like the cookie,” and also joked about the “the wall of dark-skinned black people behind” Eminem in the viral clip. And joked is the proper term according to Staples, who fanned the flames on Twitter and addressed fans, Pitchfork, and any ill Eminem might be feeling in the process:
And as of publication, Staples is still defending himself with fans who are commenting on his posts. While it is easy to say he has lashed out at Eminem, that really doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, it isn’t a crazy thought that someone can be a fan and consider someone an idol, but also take a contrary opinion on some of their work. Also, Staples is clearly having a lot of fun.