Chris Brown has been criticized as of late for his blatant gang affiliation.

However, in a recent interview with MTV, the singer says he’s not in a gang.

“When you’re in LA and you’re around people, you meet everybody — you meet Crips, you meet Bloods, especially in this industry that I’m in,” Brown explains. “I’m not in the Country world. I’m not in the all-the-way Pop world. You in Hip Hop and R&B and all of that meshes together, especially when you’re in these events or these places where everybody can be there. I’m cordial.”

In August, when Suge Knight was shot during the VMA party hosted by Brown. It was reported that the police investigating were “interested in a common denominator [between] Chris Brown, Suge, and Game.” During that same party, the singer was seen “throwing up gang signs before the shooting…and he was performing with a red bandana.”