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"Butterfly Doors" is a song recorded by American rapper Lil Pump, released on January 4, 2019, through Warner Bros. as the fifth single for his second album Harverd Dropout. Lil Pump previewed the track in a video posted to social media on December 18, 2018, which drew criticism for his apparent use of "anti-Asian slurs" and gestures,[2][3] for which he later apologized.[4]

"Butterfly Doors"
Lil Pump – Butterfly Doors Cover.jpg
Single by Lil Pump
from the album Harverd Dropout
ReleasedJanuary 4, 2019 (2019-01-04)
Format
Recorded2018
Length2:12
LabelWarner Bros.
Lyricist(s)
  • Christopher Barnett
  • Gazzy Garcia[1]
Producer(s)CB Mix[1]
Lil Pump singles chronology
"Arms Around You"
(2018)
"Butterfly Doors"
(2019)
"Racks on Racks"
(2019)

Contents

Background and compositionEdit

On December 18, 2018, Lil Pump posted a video of himself miming to a clip of the song to his social media accounts. The song features the line "They call me Yao Ming 'cause my eyes real low", and after a later repetition of the line, Lil Pump ad libs "ching chong"[2] and also pulls at the sides of his eyes.[5]

Music videoEdit

The music video was released simultaneously with the single on January 4, 2019. It was directed by Ben Griffin and shows Lil Pump performing around female dancers and multiple Lamborghinis.[6][7]

CriticismEdit

American rapper and actress Awkwafina, who is of Chinese and South Korean ancestry, criticized the track on Twitter, writing "Always nice to hear a new song with a Ching Chong adlib. Guess it's better than 'eyes chink' like some other verses I've heard. But can we at least think of some more creative racist epithets? @lilpump".[5] The BBC reported that Chinese users of Weibo had posted screenshots of their reporting Lil Pump's video for "inappropriate content".[8]

Chinese rapper Li Yijie, known as "Pissy" and for being part of a Chinese government-sponsored rap group called CD Rev, released a diss track titled "FXXX Lil Pump".[9] The Chinese government-run tabloid newspaper Global Times quoted Pissy saying that "as a rapper, I'm ashamed with what Lil Pump wrote in his song. Lil Pump, one of the most popular rappers in the US, should not humiliate the spirit of the rap".[10]

Lil Pump later apologized in an Instagram video, saying, "I came here to tell you from my part that I'm sorry and I apologize for posting that. It was not my intention to hurt nobody or do none of that, deadass. Cause I got Asian homies, you know, I fuck with everybody".[11]

Lil Pump released the song on January 4, 2019 with the offensive lyrics removed.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[13] 23
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 48
France (SNEP)[15] 167
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 86
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[17] 11
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[18] 68
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 85
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 81
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 37

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Lil Pump – Butterfly Doors". Tidal. January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Trendell, Andrew (December 18, 2018). "Lil Pump under fire for 'anti-Asian slurs' in new song 'Butterfly Doors'". NME. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Gerken, Tom; Allen, Kerry (December 18, 2018). "Rapper Lil Pump criticised for racist gesture". BBC News. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Alston, Trey; Blais-Billie, Braudie (December 26, 2018). "Lil Pump Addresses Racial Slur Video: 'I Apologize for Posting That'". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Mendez, Marisa (December 18, 2018). "Lil Pump Faces Backlash for Using Racial Epithets in New Song". XXL. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Video: Lil Pump – 'Butterfly Doors'". Rap Up. January 5, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Williams, Aaron (January 4, 2019). "Lil Pump Shows Off Some Foreign Cars And Exotic Dancers In His NSFW 'Butterfly Doors' Video". Uproxx. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Tom, Gerken; Allen, Kerry (December 18, 2018). "Rapper Lil Pump criticised for racist gesture". BBC.
  9. ^ Cole, Alexander (December 18, 2018). "Lil Pump Gets Ethered By Chinese Rapper". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Westcott, Ben; Xiong, Yong (December 19, 2018). "Rapper Lil Pump in racism storm over new video mocking Chinese". CNN. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Lilah, Rose (December 25, 2018). "Lil Pump Apologizes For Using Racial Slurs: "I Got Asian Homies"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lil Pump – Butterfly Doors" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lil Pump – Butterfly Doors" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  14. ^ "Lil Pump Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming) – SNEP (Week 3, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 20183 into search. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 3, 18 januari 2019". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Lil Pump – Butterfly Doors". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  21. ^ "Lil Pump Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  22. ^ "Lil Pump Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2019.