A school in Maryland is investigating one of their eighth-grade students over his SoundCloud rap persona, Lil Plantation.
The middle schooler has been the center of controversy at the Mardela Middle and High School in Maryland following the recent launch of his pro-slavery SoundCloud persona, according to local news station WBOC.
Lil Plantation’s SoundCloud page has since been deleted, Complex reports. However, the Wicomico County Board of Education has since launched an investigation into the songs shared on the controversial account that includes, “Whips Don’t Hurt Them,” “All Slaves Are The Same,” and “Whip Hands Free.”
Some of the song’s lyrics include the N-word ending in “er” and slave references.
“The whips won’t hurt them/New n*****s keep picking my crops, but the slaves can’t touch me so I’m not worried.”
The bio on Lil Plantation’s page said,
“Don’t get offended these songs our [sic] just for entertainment purposes online.”
The student behind the songs is accused of encouraging other students to play his songs from their phones, according to local activist and a graduate of the school Jamaad Gould.
“The fact that you’re comfortable telling people to listen to something that you know is derogatory, that you know is offensive, that you know is something that you know you should not be saying,” Gould explained. “And you’re laughing and joking about it that, to me, speaks on what his mind state is. This is in our community because kids don’t hate people based on the color of their skin from birth, it’s something that they learned. Which means that their parents who live in this community are teaching that to their kids.”
The Wicomico County Public Schools board has opened an investigation into the SoundCloud page, Complex reports.