Alabama Barker has hit back at critics of her fledgling rap career by highlighting her father Travis Barker's extensive connections within the music industry and how he introduced her to the genre.
The 17-year-old shared a clip of an unreleased rap song to TikTok last week and after receiving mixed reviews, took to the social media platform once again to defend herself in a since-deleted video.
According to People, Alabama addressed the criticism by saying: "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. So, let's take a little field day into my life because you guys know it so well."
Alabama then proceeded to show photos of herself alongside artists including Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Rick Ross, and A$AP Ferg.
She shared 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.
Alongside the photos Alabama reportedly recalled: "So, the first thing that I'm going to point out is this tour. This tour was when I was about 5 years old," adding: [I was] 5 years old watching her set every day. I knew every lyric."
Next was a photo of her posing with Lil Wayne, followed by the single cover for Gimme Brain by Travis, Wayne and Rick Ross. Alabama added: "Another song I knew by heart when I was like 5 years old." However, 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.'"
She continued: “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."
After a number of other notable name drops, Alabama then addressed criticism regarding her style, particularly her recent choice of long and colourful nails. She shared an old photo of herself from 2012, showcasing similar nail art, to highlight that it's not a recent development.
Alabama also revealed that her birthday parties have often included rap performances, reminiscing about artists such as DRAM, Lil Yachty and Trippie Redd entertaining her guests at her celebrations throughout the years.
She concluded the clip by explaining: "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."
She 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."
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