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Big Pun’s Son Responds To Media’s ‘Misinterpretation’ That His Song Is About Dad’s Domestic Abuse

Rapper Chris Rivers released this song that has some rap fans upset.

The song “Fear of My Crown” is a new song by Chris Rivers, the son of one of hip hop’s greatest lyricists of all time, Big Pun. The music video for the song features several instances of abuse. One that stands out is an abusive father performing some heinous acts of domestic violence against his wife and son. The video culminates with the boy fighting back.

Many have speculated that the song and video were specifically about Chris Rivers’ relationship with his father.

Big Pun is often listed in many “top five rappers of all time” lists. The Puerto Rican rapper from the Bronx was larger than life in more ways than one. Lyrically he was a monster. And he was also, and this is not a scientific term, huge. The man wasn’t called Big Pun for nothing. At the end of his life he weighed close to 700 lbs. He tragically rapped “I just lost a hundred pounds, I ain’t going nowhere” in the song “It’s So Hard,” which released two months after his passing.

Big Pun left behind a legacy of dope songs, many of which featured him talking tough about kicking ass and shooting guns. Standard stuff for the late 90’s. But rumors did circulate about his alleged domestic abuse issues after his passing, with many fans rejecting the idea or saying it was either too soon or wrong to speak ill of the dead. His wife Liza Rios begged to differ.

In an E! interview, Big Pun’s wife spoke candidly about his abuse and even had footage of him hitting her with a gun.

She proceed to pull a shotgun on him. This probably wasn’t the first or last time the violence occurred. It obviously influenced Chris Rivers’ growing up in the household.

Although Pun and his wife had this history, Chris Rivers took to Facebook to address speculation by fans and the frustration the video caused many of them.

The intentions of the video was to raise the general awareness of domestic violence and nothing more . The story in the video was no way a depiction of my story or my father in any way , but the basic cycle of abuse. This was meant to be an empowering video for people who has been through this and a voice for kids and the people who has suffered and on that note it’s been very helpful to thousands of people who has been touched by it. Even the people hitting me personally thanking me for speaking up and giving them the courage to face their own past and grow from it. Unfortunately the media spun it and has been targeting and demonizing my pops off of it. Their misinterpretation of the entire premise is drastic and I️ hate to see my father who was a great man who did many great things, not only for hip hop but for his community and loved ones , be marginalized into a bad person because people wanna focus on one thing. I️ as his son have long forgiven any and all things from my childhood and see him as a great man. My family also. And if we can see that then others should as well. He was abused as a child and went through so much as well as had many demons which he struggled with in his life that he needed help for. It’s hard to not idolize someone so great but he was a human at the end of the day and did his best to overcome his tribulations. If you isolate one section of anyone, you can Paint a picture of a villain but viewing the man as a whole , he has his flaws as well as his incredible nature and I’m nothing but proud of him and love him dearly. It’s important to break the cycle and to not be ignorant about all parties involved and reach to a solution opposed to playing the blame game . I️ want this video to empower and bring awareness. To bring voice to the silenced and bring courage to the oppressed. I️ love each of you. I️ just want you to love yourselves. #DragonGod #DragonsUp #IFeelAwesome #YouShouldToo #SpicJames #SexSymbol #AlmostCool #LoveIsLove

Posted by Chris Rivers on Thursday, November 9, 2017

In his Facebook post he made sure to say to write that yes, bad things happened, but that’s not what the song and video were about. He wrote that the song’s intention “was to raise the general awareness of domestic violence and nothing more.” He further went on to explain:

“Unfortunately the media spun it and has been targeting and demonizing my pops off of it. Their misinterpretation of the entire premise is drastic and I️ hate to see my father who was a great man who did many great things, not only for hip hop but for his community and loved ones, be marginalized into a bad person because people wanna focus on one thing. I️ as his son have long forgiven any and all things from my childhood and see him as a great man. My family also. And if we can see that then others should as well. He was abused as a child and went through so much as well as had many demons which he struggled with in his life that he needed help for.”

The song is part of his upcoming album “Deloreon.”


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Cardi B’s ‘Press’ Is Being Praised As A Look Into The Judicial System And Its Reliance On Old White Men

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Cardi B’s ‘Press’ Is Being Praised As A Look Into The Judicial System And Its Reliance On Old White Men

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The day after Cardi B pleaded “not guilty” to the assault of two bartenders at a strip club in August 2018, she dropped her long-anticipated music video for summer banger “Press.” In the five hours since the video was published, it’s reached nearly 2 million views–a new record for the rapper.

Just last week, Cardi performed for a Los Angeles crowd to announce “I ain’t going to jail.” “Press” offers an entirely different narrative, all of which can only prove Cardi B’s artistry beyond a reasonable doubt.

The video opens with Cardi B heavy making out with a girl.

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Of course, everyone has an opinion on this–ranging from it being a stance against homophobia to queerbaiting. All we know is that she uses the makeout for her opening shot and, well, okay.

Next thing we know, Cardi B is casually smoking a cigarette when she pulls out a gun.

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After the make out session, the screen fades to black, then to a muscular man getting involved in the beginnings of a sex scene. The screen fades to black and we see Cardi looking like a chingona. Shots are fired. The screen fades to black.

We see crowds of Cardi B fans outside a courthouse with two black women acting as police officers.

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This video does an excellent job of illustrating a dystopian reality where women are in charge. Fans are having discussions about the undertone of experiencing police uniforms instill a credible sense of safety in the viewer.

Once again, Cardi B is a fashion icon.

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We see her get dragged into an interrogation room looking fly. Twitter user @BlasianMimi is worked up: “Cardi fucking ATE you hear me she did not come to play. The subliminal messages, the visuals, the fashion, the acting. Everything was perfect #PressMusicVideo”

Then, we see Cardi B completely naked with blood dripping down her arms.

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This feels like a personal message to the women pressing charges against Cardi for allegedly throwing bottles at them.

“B****es in my business, they tryna plot (woo)
Hoes poppin’ sh** like they hot but they not (no)”

In Cardi B’s directorial debut, we get to see her vision come to life.

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That vision is an army of back up dancers and Cardi herself completely nude with their nipples and crotches blurred out–a recreation of Barbie dolls. In an Instagram post, Cardi thanks her team for making their crotches look “pleasant” because it was “really difficult” to make that happen in editing.

As she walks to court, she’s in all white from her hair to her eyebrows to her toes.

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That vision is all Cardi B. She says she was very specific about getting that look, and fans have so many opinions about it. White is a symbol of innocence, but whiteness in a courtroom is a metaphor for invincibility.

Her entire legal team is made up of young women, mostly women of color.

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Everyone is wearing the costume they’re meant to wear in the arena of life. Cardi B’s white outfit is meant to mean something to the judges.

But all the judges are old white men.

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Sounds familiar right? One Twitter user was aghast, “14 white and old judges, wow.” Others retweeted that this was the U.S. Supreme Court in a nutshell.

There are white men everywhere screaming at Cardi B.

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In the trial, all the people transcribing are young black women. All the people in power are white men.

“Done with the talkin’, I’m open to violence
Ask anybody, they know I’m about it”

All the haters are white.

Cardi B / YouTube

The people giving testimony against Cardi B are white men and women alike. Cardi’s all-white outfit doesn’t “pass” for the power as white skin. Cardi is sentenced to prison.

To be clear… she’s committing violent crimes all over the place.

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We saw her shoot the gun during her threesome earlier on and now, her entire back up dance team are murdered on the ground. Everyone in the courtroom is bloodied, on the ground.

Cardi B is walked to her cell where she ends up drowning her cellmate in a toilet.

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Why did she drown her cellmate? Cardi shared on Instagram that she “really wanted to drown somebody in the toilet and kill them ‘cause that’s just such terrible way to die.”

Of course, the haters are out there, but the Latino Bardi Gang has her back.

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With over 3 million views in less than 7 hours and climbing, Cardi ‘s getting more press, whether she needs it or not. Congrats on your upcoming Emmy, girl.

You can watch the full music video below.

What do you think about Cardi B’s new music video?

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Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

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Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

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Julio Urías is out on bail after being arrested for alleged domestic violence. Fans are upset to learn that the young man was arrested. The incident was reported by a witness who claimed that Urías knocked a woman to the ground. Here is what we know so far about the arrest and accusations.

The 22-year-old was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after a witness called the police in fear for a woman’s safety at a shopping mall.

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According to TMZ, the witness saw Urías in the parking lot of the Beverly Center arguing with a woman before he “shoved her to the ground.” TMZ reports that several witnesses were adamant that they saw Urías push the woman.

Security footage from the parking garage appears to back up eyewitness accounts.

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That video footage has not been released yet. The evidence was enough to prompt the LAPD to arrest Urías and book him for misdemeanor domestic battery.

He spent last night in county jail before he posted his $20,000 bail.

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Fans reacted to the news that Urías, who had overcome so many odds to make it to the Major Leagues, was charged for domestic violence. Many took to Twitter to let out their frustrations.

A survivor of domestic violence made a point that public displays of violence are often worse at home.

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There have been no other reports of domestic violence charges against Urías. This survivor is speculating based on her own experience.

The victim told the police that the incident was not violent.

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It’s common for victims of domestic violence to deny abuse or feel that they are responsible for the crimes of their abuser. Some fans are pointing out that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, as our judicial system and society dictate.

One fan thinks that the media is attacking Urías without cause.

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“Have you seen the video fo Julio Urías committing “domestic violence”? I see that everyone is already crucifying him because of a story from one white source source,” @JorgeEduardooA tweeted. “It’s always Mexicans supporting Mexicans.”

While the video has not been released to the public, the LAPD officials seem to think that it’s enough to charge Urías. Fans want to see and decide for themselves.

The incident is sparking heated debates online.

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This user made a joke that went mildly viral and folks are commenting on how inappropriate it is to make jokes about domestic violence under any circumstance.

People are calling for the same kind of energy against Urías as other sports figures accused of abuse in the past.

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The Dodgers released the following statement in response:


“We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information. As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case.”

Needless to say, fans are devastated for a number of reasons.

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Urías played for the Mexican National Team since he was 10 years old and was scouted by the minor leagues when he was just 14 years old.

Some are angry that Urías may have just thrown his career away for something unforgiveable.

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The MLB has a domestic violence policy that would require a suspension from the league for this kind of behavior. MLB suspended San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer after video footage was released of him pushing his wife to the ground.

Some are taking the opportunity to discuss the impact of America’s xenophobia on young boys.

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While the President’s campaign message that Mexican immigrants are violent rapists doesn’t excuse that behavior (much like it doesn’t excuse the hate crimes associated with that message), Twitter wants to talk about how America has culturally produced this behavior.

No Mexican madre condones treating any woman like this.

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Domestic violence is not new to Latino culture. It is embedded in our own culture, while simultaneously combatted by the Latina women in our lives.

This is a developing story. Check back with mitú for updates.

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