Alabama Barker Claps Back After Being Accused of ‘Blackfishing’ in Rap Vid
Travis Barker’s daughter Alabama is finding herself defending her reputation after a rap vid found her accused of “Blackfishing.” Let’s
Travis Barker’s daughter Alabama is finding herself defending her reputation after a rap vid found her accused of “Blackfishing.”
Let’s back up to the beginning.
Travis Barker, Blink-182 drummer and husband to Kourtney Kardashian, has a 17-year-old daughter named Alabama.
Alabama has recently made her own foray into the music world, but she’s not walking down the path of punk/rock like her dad – she’s into the rap scene.
Recently, Alabama posted a teaser from her new original rap song. Part of the lyrics read, “But listen, who the f–k you talking to / I’m Alabama, get to know me, I might sp-z on you.”
In the track, she’s lip-syncing along with the song in her bathroom mirror.
The lyrics and her markedly different new appearance have some people crying foul.
See: TRAVIS BARKER’S DAUGHTER ALABAMA ACCUSED OF ‘COSPLAYING HOOD’
Alabama said she coming for you rap bitches pic.twitter.com/O6Rbhjaxlo
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On Twitter, one follower wrote, “alabama barker rapping like she tryna make it out beverly hills.”
Another added, “if i were a rich white girl i’d be lounging at country clubs or shopping with my friends like them girls from white chicks, i be so confused when they go this route.”
Fans were confused because, in the video, Alabama appeared to have darkened her skin and was using traditionally Black cultural references.
Since the backlash, the 17-year-old is now standing up for herself – although the video has since been removed.
People reports, “‘I’m tired of people saying I don’t know anything about rap music, I wasn’t raised around rap music, I wasn’t anything,’ said Alabama, 17, in the clip, viewed by PEOPLE before it was seemingly taken down. ‘So, let’s take a little field day into my life because you guys know it so well.’
She showed a photo of herself as a young child posing alongside Nicki Minaj during her dad’s opening slot alongside the ‘Super Bass’ rapper and Rick Ross during Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II Tour in 2011.
‘So, the first thing that I’m going to point out is this tour. This tour was when I was about 5 years old,’ recalled Alabama. ‘[I was] 5 years old watching her set every day. I knew every lyric.’
Displayed next was a photo of her posing with Wayne, followed by the single cover for ‘Gimme Brain’ by Travis, Wayne and Rick Ross. ‘Another song I knew by heart when I was like 5 years old,’ she said. (The track actually dropped in 2019, when Alabama was about 13.)
While showing a photo of Travis and Wayne posing together, she said, ‘Just more proof to the pudding because I ‘didn’t grow up around rap music.’
‘I went to Rihanna’s music video when she shot the ‘Umbrella’ song, I believe — or one of her songs. So, another song I loved,” continued Alabama, speaking alongside a photo of Travis and Rihanna recording a remix of the 2007 single. (She also met Rihanna at the 2017 Grammy Awards.)’.”
Alabama then showed off an old tour poster from when Blink-182 and Lil Wayne toured together, posted a picture of herself at a Wiz Khalifa concert as a child, and then a picture of herself with A$AP Ferg.
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“This is us at dinner with Asap Ferg and my dad,” she explained, “I was also a huge fan of his music, and I knew every lyric to half of his songs.”
And Alabama also took on the people who criticized her style, saying, “For everybody telling me, ‘Oh, she wants to wear nails now,’ ‘She thinks she’s this, this and that,’ this was in 2012,” she said about an old photograph of her nails.
And, the young rapper says, many of her birthday parties have also featured rap performances. Performers included DRAM, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd and others who showed up at her parties through the years.
She explains, “Since I could walk, I was in the music industry. I was watching my dad perform in punk bands, rock bands, in rap concerts, everything. So, for the people that say, ‘Oh, she doesn’t know anything about rap music. She didn’t grow up around rap music. Why is she doing this? Why is she doing that?’ I’ve been influenced by rap my entire upbringing and punk rock.”
Alabama continued, “I know I am privileged, and I’m beyond grateful for that and blessed. It’s not OK for people to make fun of or disrespect any culture at all. So, if me being a rapper bugs you, then you can just keep moving and stop commenting.”
Some people aren’t buying it, but if we’re being honest – it’s impressive that she’s handling this herself and not asking dad to get involved.
On the other hand, the comments saying she’s “doing too much” may have a point. Time will tell.