AceShowbiz - LeBron James recently landed in hot water after posting on Instagram Stories a photo of 21 Savage's "ASMR" lyrics that perpetuate Jewish stereotype. While the basketball player already issued an apology for what he did, the man behind the tune has also apologized to anyone whom he offended with the lyrics.
Besides apologizing, 21 Savage also clarified why he chose to put the controversial lyrics on the song, insisting that he didn't mean to offend anyone with the lyrics. "The Jewish people I know are very wise with there money so that's why I said we been getting Jewish money," the rapper wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, December 25. "I never thought anyone would take offense I'm sorry if I offended everybody never my intention I love all people."
The Jewish people I know are very wise with there money so that’s why I said we been gettin Jewish money I never thought anyone would take offense I’m sorry if I offended everybody never my intention I love all people— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) 25 Desember 2018
James himself issued his apology a couple days ago during an interview with ESPN. "Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone. That's not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That's what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music and that was the by product of it." he said on Sunday, December 23.
He continued by saying how he thought that the lyrics didn't have any negative aspect, and that was why he shared it to his followers. "So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn't through the lens of a lot of people," the Los Angeles Lakers player added. "My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody."
On "ASMR", 21 Savage could be heard rapping, "We been getting' that Jewish money, everything is kosher." People were upset because they believed the lyrics perpetuated negative Jewish stereotype.
The song was one of the tracks off the rapper's latest album "I Am > I Was" which hit the stores on December 21. It features the likes of J. Cole, Post Malone and Offset among others. Travis Scott (II) was included on the deluxe version of the album, lending his voice for a revamped version of "Out for the Night".