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A mom went viral this week after going on a Helen Lovejoy-esque rant about violent rap music and how it influences children. She was tearful, outraged, and shocked. For most of the video, the indignant parent reads aloud the dirty lyrics—N-bombs and all—of Southern California rapper Vince Staples’ “Norf Norf.”
Today, Staples responded with humanity and compassion.
“I don’t really have much to say about the video—I don’t think it’s funny at all,” Staples told the Independent. “It’s not right to attack someone over their stance, their opinions, and their religion. I think that’s very immature.”
But apparently he felt misquoted, and he took to Twitter to clear the air:
“Norf Norf” is a fatalist song about life in Staples’ hometown of Long Beach, California, that describes gang life.
For his part, Staples has donated to the area’s YMCA, which this summer helped launch a new Youth Institute program.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.