In the 2010s, Lil Dicky came up as a comedic Internet rapper — which is also the premise of his hit FXX series Dave — but there’s one viral piece of his story he’s not proud of.
The 33-year-old rapper acknowledges parts of his controversial past in a new feature with GQ published on Monday (June 14), explaining why he took the music video for 2013’s “White Dude” off his official YouTube channel. The video faced backlash for its depictions of Dicky, the titular white dude, galavanting through life much easier than people of color and women.
“Even though I knew I was never serious with it and it was just a joke, it just didn’t feel like a joke I was proud of. And I don’t like making jokes I’m not proud of,” he said, later adding how aware he is of “how insensitive my art can be, but I’m a very sensitive person and I hate offending people. If I see anybody that’s offended by something I’m doing, it really hurts my heart, truly.”