Although he’s labelmates with Yelawolf, Kxng Crooked (formerly Crooked I) recently admitted that he’s not very close to the Alabama rapper and doesn’t get down with the Confederate flag he reps.
In an interview with Vlad TV, the Long Beach rapper reacted to Yelawolf’s — and Kanye West’s — association with the Confederate flag… although he respects both skills are artists.
“I don’t barely know Yelawolf,” Crooked explained. “I’ve met a few times and things like that but I don’t — you say close, I’m not.”
After being asked about Yelawolf’s beef with Lord Jamar last year, Crooked I addressed the issue.
“That’s the whole thing. He has to speak from his perspective. Me, I don’t care for the Confederate flag whether it’s Yelawolf or it’s Kanye,” Crooked said. “Whether it’s Kanye West or Yelawolf, I don’t care for that flag. I don’t think that that flag is anything that needs to be promoted in hip-hop. I don’t. But, that’s my personal opinion. I’m entitled to my opinion. Does that mean that I’m not a fan of Kanye’s and Yelawolf? No, that doesn’t mean that because I think Kanye is genius. His recent interview with Sway I didn’t like. He might have lost a fan there, but I’m just saying. I didn’t like that. I didn’t like that because I think you should look a man in his eye if you got a problem with him. I didn’t see that.”
Crooked goes on to explain that despite different political views, he still appreciates his music.
“Oppression, and the same mentality that got Eric Garner choked to death,” he said of the Confederate flag. “So, I don’t f*ck with that. I’m listening to ‘Pop The Trunk’ on Shady XV the other day and I’m like, ‘This is a masterpiece. This f*cking song is a masterpiece.’ I don’t even agree with my own mother on everything, so of course, I’m not gon’ agree with just anybody. Politically correctness goes out the window with me dog, straight up.”
He also admitted that he’ll continue to buy Kanye’s albums, despite this specific disagreement.
“Can I say that Kanye West is not a genius? No,” Crooked said. “I can’t say that. He’s a creative genius. I buy his products. He puts out albums I buy’em. Confederate Flag? No. Confederate Flag, Yelawolf, labelmate, I’m not gon’ sit here and f*cking put sugar on sh*t. I’ma keep it real. I don’t f*ck with that. It is what it is. I don’t f*ck with that.”