The INSIDER Summary:
- Jake Paul has received negative press recently over allegations that he’s disturbing his neighbors in his Los Angeles neighborhood.
- Disney cut ties with him. He’s no longer starring in the show “Bizaardvark.”
- Paul released a diss track music video on YouTube.
- The song says that Paul is misunderstood and that news media doesn’t cover the good things he does.
- It also goes into the sensitive relationship he has with his fans.
Controversial viral video star Jake Paul has been booted from his Disney Channel show “Bizaardvark,” so now he’s resorted to his home base: YouTube.
Paul has been in the news recently for infuriating his neighbors by doing stunts and attracting crowds in his formerly quiet LA neighborhood. Now he’s released a diss track lashing out at the “news,” which he says misrepresents him, and his “haters.”
The song is titled “YouTube Stars Diss Track.” At the start of the video, there’s a title card that reads “This isn’t a diss track. It’s a message to all the news and the hate.”
The main message of “YouTube Stars Diss Track” is that Paul is misunderstood, actually a good person, and obscenely wealthy. He talks about how news media and social media chatter represents him selectively, points out that he’s been involved with charitable causes like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has long, luxurious shots of his new Tesla driving around Los Angeles.
Part of the lyrics delve into Paul’s sensitive relationships with his millions of fans. Many of them are teenagers. Paul is 20 years old and may be a role model for some of them.
“Where was y’all at when I was on email/Tryina stop depressed fans from killin’ themselves?” Paul says in a rap aimed at news media. “Where was y’all at when I was in the kitchen/Whippin’ up meals for kids on Thanksgiving?”
Another verse seems more self-reflective. Paul asks his viewers for forgiveness and chalks his mistakes up to the experience of growing up in the spotlight.
“I’m sorry for my actions, man/I’m asking for forgiveness, man,” Paul raps. “I’m asking you to witness my growth in this business/my growth as a kid.”
In interviews and vlogs, Paul has talked about the importance of maintaining ties with traditional media, even though he makes money with strategies like Instagram and YouTube sponsorships. He’s trying to balance that while also attacking traditional media organizations.
“They’re making more money off their 1.7 million views than I am off of my 7 million,” Paul said of Disney to GQ. “I want to be a superhero or a super-villain in a giant action film. … I love Bane. I love the Joker. I love Batman. I want to do that.”
“YouTube Stars Diss Track” elicits some racially sensitive imagery, like with the lyrics “I’m a human too/They want me to lose/Want me in a noose/But they ain’t tell the truth.” The entire video also includes footage of Paul rapping in a grocery store, presumably meant to be imagery that normalizes him in the eyes of viewers.
In a vlog, Paul promised that he’d upload a new “third verse” to the song on Sunday, but it hasn’t been posted on YouTube yet.
Watch Jake Paul’s “YouTube Stars Diss Track” below:
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