Waka Flocka Flame’s “disgust” over the actions displayed in Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s viral clip has prompted the rapper to cancel his April concert at the University of Oklahoma.
In addition to Flame responding to SAE’s offensive behavior earlier this week via an Instagram post, he appeared in an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Tuesday to share more of his thoughts.
“My initial reaction when I seen the video, I was more like hurt. More like disgusted, because I knew those kids, I performed for those kids,” the Atlanta rapper said in reference to a 2014 concert at the university. “They made me feel like a brother. Just to see what a person does behind closed doors was more disgusting than hurting. I wasn’t angry, I was just disgusted.”
Despite some media outlets -- including MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” -- blaming the explicit lyrics of rap music for inspiring SAE’s racist chant, Waka recounted his positive experience partying with the fraternity and said that their recent actions may have been “passed down” through previous generations.
“I really felt like I was down with the fraternity. Like I was SAE. You couldn’t tell me no different,” he said. “So for me to see that video, I was like, ‘Damn, that’s what y’all doing behind closed doors?’ That disgusted me. To me, I really can’t blame the kids. To me, I feel like that’s passed down. You can’t even make me believe that. That’s just crazy. I’m disgusted, I’m not gonna lie.”
Check out more of Waka Flocka Flame’s CNN interview in the video.