Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates isn’t here for NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick‘s publicized kneeling. The Southern hip-hop artist has shared a different perspective on the Black Lives Matter activist’s now-infamous movement.
Heading into the weekend, Gates shared a clip of himself explaining why despite his love for Kaep, he couldn’t co-sign his national anthem kneeling.
“Say look, a lot of people are going to look at this f*cked up. I love Colin Kaepernick. That’s my brother. I love his his beautiful queen Nessa. I love these people with all my heart. He should have never took a knee. Should have never took a knee. We bow for no man under the stars but Allah – he should have stood palms up.”
Last month, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy made sure to share a powerful pic of West Coast rapper YG and Kaepernick kneeling together.
The same week, Madden 19 developer EA issued a statement explaining there was no malicious intent on Kaepernick’s “Big Bank” reference getting censored from its soundtrack.
“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack,” EA said in a statement issued Thursday evening. “Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.” (ESPN)
Prior to the apology, both “Big Bank” rappers YG and Big Sean spoke on the situation.
“I want my home Colin Kaepernick to know that I ain’t have nothing to do with that Madden sh*t. I ain’t approve that, Big Sean ain’t approve that, Nicki Minaj ain’t approve that, motherf*cking 2 Chainz ain’t approve that. We ain’t got nothing to do with that. I support you. I’ve been supporting you. EA Sports, NFL, whoever, y’all owe me, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj and the homie Kaepernick an apology. That’s what it is. 400. I’ll be looking for an apology soon.”
— SOHH (@sohh) August 3, 2018
It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL & @EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word. When he's not a curse, he's a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.
— Sean Don (@BigSean) August 2, 2018
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾 https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018