May 24, 2023 | 7:20 am
Alabama Barker clapped back at haters who criticized his rap music.
The 17-year-old daughter of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and model Shanna Moakler has been gifting her TikTok followers with short snippets of her songs in recent weeks.
But while many apparently enjoyed the teaser clips, others criticized the influencer for diving into this specific genre of music.
In a now-deleted TikTok video shared on Monday, Alabama wasted no time in hitting the haters.
“I’m sick of people saying I don’t know anything about rap music, I wasn’t raised around rap music, I was nothing,” she said in the clip, according to People. “So let’s take a little field day in my life because you know it so well.”
Kourtney Kardashian’s daughter-in-law then shares a series of snaps in which she posed alongside some of rap’s biggest names, including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and A$AP Ferg.
“Since I could walk I was in the music business,” she said in the now-deleted clip. “I used to watch my dad perform in punk bands, rock bands, rap gigs, everything. So, for people who say, “Oh, she doesn’t know anything about rap music.”
“She didn’t grow up around rap music. Why is she doing this? Why is she doing this? I was influenced by rap throughout my upbringing and punk rock,” she added.
Alabama later acknowledged her privilege, adding, “I’m beyond grateful for that and blessed. It’s not okay for people to make fun of a culture or disrespect it.
“So if it bothers you that I’m a rapper, then you can just keep moving and stop commenting.”
It’s not the first time the teenager has been forced to lashed out at criticism on social media.
Earlier this month, she spoke out against those who shamed her for wearing heavy makeup.
The teenager appeared in full glam to respond to the comments, captioning the TikTok short, “When Kathryn with 3 kid-only waterline liners, 4 blonde shows and Tom in different colors, talk about my makeup or my age.”
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The TikTok was accompanied by the viral audio clip which read, “I’ll tell you what you look like but you won’t like it.”
In the comments section, one fan tried to rationalize, writing, “I think people are just concerned about the over-sexualization of young people in Hollywood/LA culture.”
But Alabama disagreed with the user, instead responding, “Well, I’m fine, thank you.”