Tactless words can’t be taken back when it’s spewed out toward other people. This is especially true for influencers in the public eye as people pay closer attention to their words.
Capitol Records released a statement indicating intentions to enter into a partnership with FN Meka, a digital rapper and TikTok influencer. Meka’s first single on the label was “Florida Water,” which featured Gunna and gaming streamer Clix. Things took an unfortunate turn when Capitol terminated the partnership with the rapper.
“CMG has severed ties with the FN Meka project, effective immediately,” the label noted in a statement. “We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it. We thank those who have reached out to us with constructive feedback in the past couple of days-your input was invaluable as we came to the decision to end our association with the project.”
Capitol received pushback from an activist group shortly before the announcement urging them to call off the contract with RN Meka. They cited reasons regarding Gunna’s involvement while being in prison due to RICO charges. The lyrics were also offensive as the viral clip featured the rapper using the N-word in a song.
Racial stereotypes are rarely met with positive remarks. Listeners drew attention to an image posted on one of Meka’s accounts of the rapper being assaulted by cops.
This virtual rapper needs to watch the language to avoid missing more opportunities.