Chinese American rapper
Rhyme against crime: The 35-year-old rapper, who was born in China and raised in San Francisco, released a diss track last week criticizing Mayor London Breed and city leaders for their supposed failure in addressing crime, reported the New York Post. In the rap song, Yang refers to Breed as a “clown” and “phony-ass liberal,” accusing her of turning the city into a “zombie land.”
An ode to victims: Yang’s lyrics further delve into the broader context of San Francisco’s crime surge and anti-Asian attacks. Clips of high-profile anti-Asian hate incidents are shown as Yang delivers his call for accountability and justice for the Asian community.
“They’re getting attacked. They’re getting robbed. They’re getting killed and the DA just dropped another murder charge… I’m sick and tired of dealing with the phony-ass liberals. They acting like they care but never treated us as their equal. My people have been here for over 200 years so save your fake sympathy and your crocodile tears.”
In the video, Yang can be seen wearing a hoodie that reads “Stop Asian Hate” as he pays homage to victims of violence, including 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee and 2-year-old Jasper Wu.
“I’m sick and tired of Asians being kicked to the curb. Justice for Grandpa Vicha and lil Jasper were never served,” he raps, referencing the killings.
Personal struggles: Yang, who gained popularity from his appearances on the Chinese talent show “The Rap of China,” shares his struggles, emphasizing the impact of crime on his business, Kung Food, which has been burglarized seven times. The rapper also points out the spiking drug overdose deaths and escalating robbery cases in the city.
Call for accountability: Yang also added a nod to Scott McKenzie’s iconic 1960s folk song “San Francisco,” altering its lyrics to caution against leaving valuables in cars.
Yang told the San Francisco Standard that the track is not about seeking fame, but a genuine expression of concern for the Asian community. He asserts that the song aims to criticize the city’s leadership and demand accountability for their lack of action.