Mc Tyson has revealed that he has received several death threats. He attended the NAMIMONOGATARI 2021 hip-hop festival held at the Aichi Sky Expo in Tokoname City on 30 August 2021.
The Osaka rapper released a video of his live performance where he sang with the audience. The short video showed a packed crowd without masks and far exceeding the maximum number of people. The Aichi Prefecture had asked the organizer to limit the event to 5,000 people and to impose strict prevention rules to prevent any risk of coronavirus contamination.
MC TYSON threatened after a video posted on Instagram
With nearly 120,000 views and over 1,000 comments, the video shared on his Instagram account focused on much criticism. Moreover, it was used by the national media and the Aichi Prefecture Governor’s Office. Within hours of the video’s release, the Osaka rapper was receiving hateful and insulting comments. Many of the words went beyond the legal framework of Japanese law. The death threats were directed at his wife, his two sons, and himself.
He posted on his Instagram account :
I’m an artist in a world where social networking sites are so advanced that I am willing to be slandered. I don’t mind everyone in Japan criticizing me, and I take it all in stride because it’s my fault for doing what I’m being attacked. I am sorry for the heartless words. Finally, I want to thank everyone who came to the event yesterday. Thank you so much for lining up in the heat of the morning to come to see us live. I love you all from the bottom of my heart for singing with us. I can’t wait to see you all again someday, and I will never give up.
Japanese hip-hop community exposed to unprecedented criticism after Namimonogatari 2021 festival.
The media and the public widely criticized the lack of control and non-compliance with sanitary rules. This situation has prompted several artists (Han’nya, AK-69, Dj Ryow, Elle Teresa, LEX …) to post apology messages on social networks. In the aftermath, the hip-hop group BAD HOP suddenly postponed the date of BAD HOP REVENGE TOUR FINAL in Yokohama, generally scheduled for September 1 and 2. In addition, rapper Zeebra started a new controversy by admitting his infection before the festival. Voices are already being raised against him that he bears a heavy responsibility in this matter.
As a result, several music events have been canceled or postponed. Some organizers denounce the destruction of the relationship of trust that was built with local and national authorities. They also underline the problematic situation of the entertainment industry. It will face a more painful period because of the festival organized in Tokoname City.