DJ Akademiks opens up concerning the backlash he obtained after calling some hip-hop pioneers “Dusty” and his feedback on Reginae Carter’s relationship
Comments DJ Akademiks made during one of his recent live streams rubbed some people the wrong way, and they took him out on social media about it. Now he opens up about his comments and the backlash in a new interview with The Breakfast Club.
As previously reported, hip-hop pioneers like LL Cool J and Russell Simmons took to social media to reach out to Akademiks after audio from one of his live streams went viral when he labeled some hip-hop pioneers as ” dusty”. It was believed he was speaking in relation to her finances. However, Akademiks said the context of his comments was omitted.
“I was talking about passing on game,” he said. “I spoke about educating the next generation instead of criticizing them. And I thought sometimes you don’t understand why they don’t listen to you. One of the reasons they might not listen to you… you’re going to screw it up, whether it’s signing a contract, a bad contract, or whatever pitfalls you have in this game if you never pass it on. You never passed on this knowledge.”
He further admitted that the “broken and dusty” comment he made was inflammatory and disrespectful.
Akademiks even continued to salute LL Cool J, saying that whatever he said in response to his comment was correct, but about 80 percent of what LL said wasn’t focused on what he said [Akademiks] said at the time of his live stream.
“I never question the contribution or appreciate the contribution of anyone who came before me, and I never say that money is the only thing that validates that contribution,” he said.
Regarding Reginae Carter’s current relationship, Akademiks also shared that he understood why Toya Johnson was upset that he was talking about her daughter.
He explained that he wasn’t exactly calling Reginae Carter a slut, but he did talk about her current relationship with Armon Warren, which was made public on social media. He commented that Armon and Reginae’s ex YFN Lucci are complete opposites. He admitted saying the B-word, but quickly retracted it.
He said, “I shouldn’t say that because her name was slightly attached to it.”
Watch the full interview below:
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