The LAPD says that 3 teenagers arrested for a San Fernando Valley break-in got the idea from YG.
After inspiring protests last year, YG's 2013 song "Meet The Flockers" has spawned further controversy. The track, which appears on the Compton rapper's debut album My Krazy Life finds the rapper sharing a story of a burglary, which includes an instructional portion that came under fire for its alleged glamorization of crime against Asian-American communities last year.
"First, you find a house and scope it out / Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts," raps YG on the song. "Second, you find a crew and a driver, someone who ring the doorbell / And someone that ain’t scared to do what it do / Third, you pull up at the spot / Park, watch, ring the doorbell and knock / Four, make sure nobody is home / They gone, OK it’s on/"
According to TMZ, three teenagers who were arrested for a string of burglaries in the San Fernando Valley now claim they were inspired by "Flockers." The three men, who are all between 18 and 19 years old, are reported to have each explained the same inspiration in separate interviews. They are said to have burglarized a number of homes and were arrested this week following a break-in.
The report goes on to state that some LAPD detectives are "incensed" by YG and are calling the track "irresponsible."
YG's show in Maryland last October was met by protestors who felt YG was encouraging robberies in the Asian community. They chanted "Shame on YG," while an attendee named Chris Kwoak told CBS-NY, "We live in Flushing, Queens, and we had our house broken into twice in the last five years." The protests came after a petition to "ban the song from public media and investigate legal responsibilities of the writer" gained over 110,000 signatures.
Earlier this month, LAPD officers placed YG in handcuffs when he was deemed to be "uncooperative" after being pulled over. Video footage of the encounter shows the rapper as relatively composed throughout. He was ultimately released and given a ticket for neglecting to wear his seatbelt.
YG has yet to respond to the report.