Lil Pump has divided hip-hop lovers and music fans the world over, making the confusing claim that SoundCloud only exists because of him.
Ever since SoundCloud launched in August of 2007, it has served as a way for aspiring musicians to host their own music with ease. As a result, it has also become a hub for burgeoning hip-hop artists, even giving birth to the term ‘SoundCloud rap’, a pejorative term for the mumble rap genre.
While plenty of artists have seen their careers blossom thanks to SoundCloud, some of the more notable names who owe their fame to the service include Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Xan, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Smokepurpp, and the ever-divisive Lil Pump.
However, the latter has now made the confusing claim that SoundCloud only exists because of him.
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) February 20, 2019
Taking to Instagram earlier today, Lil Pump uploaded an extremely brief video which solely consists of him claiming, “I’m the only reason why SoundCloud exists.”
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Of course, this is an incredibly strange phrase, due to not only the content of what he said, but also how he said it.
Is Lil Pump claiming that SoundCloud’s formation is due to him? Is he stating that SoundCloud exists to foster artists like him? Or is he claiming that his success is what brought SoundCloud back from the brink?
While it’s incredibly unlikely that a seven-year-old Lil Pump is to thank for the creation of SoundCloud, his genre and style has undoubtedly been matched by artists on the service.
Likewise, it’s undoubtedly possible that his success over the last few years has brought more attention to the platform, helping to increase the number of users in the process.
Or, and just bear with us here, it could just be another example of Lil Pump’s tendency to make outlandish statements, like the time he made the claim that “it’s scientifically proven that I’m the most lyrical rapper of all time.”
It’s scientifically proven that I’m the most lyrical rapper of all time
— Lil pump (@lilpump) January 29, 2019
What’s most likely though, is that Lil Pump decided to make such an inexplicable, inflammatory statement as a way to promote his upcoming album, Harverd Dropout, on Friday.
However, this isn’t the first time that Lil Pump has been in the headlines lately, having been accused of racism due to the lyrics on his track ‘Butterfly Doors’, and being accused of using an unauthorised sample on his “sexist” song, ‘Racks On Racks’.
While Lil Pump hasn’t decided to clarify his comments yet, we’re going to have to assume he’s just trying to stir the pot a bit. Regardless, with his album coming this week, it doesn’t seem like this is the last we’ve heard of him just yet.