YG’s 2014 debut My Krazy Life has disappeared from digital streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, the iTunes Store, and YouTube, as Genius notes. It’s no longer available following backlash against the record’s “Meet the Flockers,” a song with lyrics about targeting “Chinese neighborhoods” during burglary attempts. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for YG, UMG, Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube for comment and more information.
Last week, it was reported that employees at YouTube called for the song’s removal from the site; the request to YouTube’s Trust & Safety team was denied in an email from executives to the staff on March 22. An email to the YouTube staff read:
In addition, the email noted that the song’s lyrics violated the company’s hate speech policy, but said “Meet the Flockers” would stay up because of an Educational, Documentary, Scientific or Artistic exception, citing the its “artistic context” and noting concern about setting a precedent that would lead to the removal of more music videos.