Bay Area rapper G-Eazy isn’t rocking with H&M. The hip-hop artist has come forward to speak up on where he stands with the clothing line amid this week’s controversial racist ad campaign.
In a new The Breakfast Club interview, Eazy said he walked away from an opportunity to make big bucks with the fashion brand over its ad.
“I’m very, very, very guarded with what I put my name on. You know what I’m saying? Who I do a record with, who I attach my name to, who I co-sign because that’s all you have. So I was excited about H&M, that was a big opportunity to put clothes all around the world and do something that I actually liked and was cool with. And then I saw that happen and was like, ‘I’m not cool with this. I’m out.’ [I walked away from] a lot. But you can’t miss what you don’t have. I was buying moms a house off that check. Me personally, their statement was pretty – ehh.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
This week, rap veteran Busta Rhymes shouted out Diddy for allegedly putting together a $1 million model offer to the H&M child.
Now this is what I am really excited about seeing!!! Young King (and I am speaking about the young beautiful black man child that is the subject at hand with this @hm Bullshit) Always remember it is your birth right and it is and has always been in your nature to be GOD LIKE young King… If this is really happening, I thank my brother @diddy for the empowerment and being the example of how important it is to put our arm around our young ones to guide them, protect them, school them and support them. 7 star General rank Salute for this!!
This week, buzz developed over Diddy possibly turning the kid model’s life around with a major contract offer.
P Diddy has seemingly responded to the whirlwind of controversy sparked by the H&M ad which features a black child wearing a jumper with the slogan ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle.’ It’s thought that he’s planning on hiring the little lad to model for his own brand, Sean John. It’s even thought there’s a $1mil contract on the table. There’s no word yet if the lad has accepted, and Diddy’s people refused to comment when approached by Metro.co.uk, but it would certainly be one heck of an outcome to the sh*tstorm caused by the controversy. (Metro UK)
A few days ago, Diddy made sure to hit up social media to show the unnamed kid some support.
Some reports claim H&M model Nicki Minaj has distanced herself from the company.
Nicki Minaj is in the hot seat after H&M, who she collaborated with in December for a holiday fashion line, came under fire for a racially insensitive image of a black boy wearing a sweater with the word “monkey.” Though Minaj hasn’t publicly spoken out against H&M, she has deleted every sponsored Instagram post promoting her fashion line with the company. Fans were quick to notice the deleted posts, which many considered as an indicator of Minaj’s opinion of the backlash. (Yahoo! Lifestyle)