The song, “Illin” does not mention Annie Le by name, but mentions the horrific way in which she was stuffed in wall after she was murdered in September 2009. She was found on what was supposed to be her wedding day.
The lyric and is likely to get backlash from the Yale community and beyond.
Pusha T sings: “No amount of record sales could derail this. Stuffing dead prezzies in the wall like that Yale (expletive).”
The blog IvyGate weighed in, calling the lyric tasteless for making light of a murder that shook the Yale community and beyond.
“Since the song is pretty horrific, we’re hoping this will fade into the MP3 mists. It would be really sad if, a few years down the line, this was still kicking around (at) an Annie Le memorial. Especially bad timing for Pusha, who just made it big by baking up Kanye at the VMAs on “Runaway,” the blogger wrote. “Come on mainstream hip-hop: we can deal with the drugs, prostitution, violence, horrible role-models, and insecure macho-posturing. But making fun of a murdered young grad student? Really?”
NBC Connecticut reached out to Pusha T’s booking agent, who said he would be sending a statement, but nothing was immediately released.
The blog post did not have many comments by Monday afternoon, but one was poignant:
Winteralfs wrote: “Annie was an amazing girl. She had more class then Jay Jenkins (Young Jeezy) ever will. She didn't deserve what happened to her and this lame attempt at edgy rhymes is over the line. Our world is much worse for our loss of Annie's talents and humanity. Making light of her terrible murder doesn't make Jenkins "street" or "real" it just makes him an ignorant (expletive.)”