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Is DJ Vlad Canceled? Exploring the "Culture Vulture" Allegations on Social Media

The internet is calling for DJ Vlad to be canceled after his exchange with a Princeton professor. Here's a breakdown of what happened.


May 10 2024, Published 1:33 p.m. ET

Vlad TV creator DJ Vlad is under fire after he was involved in a messy exchange with a Princeton professor on Twitter. The internet personality, known for his interviews with popular rappers, has amassed a substantial following over the years.

Vlad’s career has also been plagued with controversy. The media star has faced backlash for several of Vlad TV’s interviews, with musicians regularly dismissing Vlad’s commentary.

In June 2023, Tyrese slammed the outlet and revealed that Vlad offered him $10,000 for an interview. “Your a** is hurting because even after you offered me 10K. I turned down your corny a** culture vulture show,” Tyrese wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post (via Vibe), adding, “How much is he leaching off of black culture? This dude already [had] four people on his show, and he randomly keeps bringing my name up.”

However, Tyrese is not the only one frustrated with Vlad. While his platform has made significant contributions to hip-hop culture, his rhetoric has prompted a backlash. Recent events have led to a surge in criticism, ultimately resulting in calls for the YouTuber’s cancelation.

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DJ Vlad, Charlamagne Tha God and Myson attend Charlamagne Tha God's birthday celebration.

DJ Vlad is being canceled after his feud with Princeton professor Morgan Jerkins.

The beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar had everyone talking, including DJ Vlad. The internet star took to Twitter on May 4 to share his thoughts on the rap drama, leading to an exchange with professor Morgan Jerkins that almost got him canceled.

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“Kendrick’s ‘Not Like Us’ needed a better mix. It takes away from the song,” Vlad tweeted.

This prompted Jerkins to respond: “You are white. This is a black folk affair.”

Vlad went on to slam Jerkins’ remarks, but his response raised some eyebrows.

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DJ Vlad attends American Gangster at The Power Summit Reunion.

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“Wait, so a professor at @Princeton is telling me that a white person shouldn’t be allowed to voice their opinion about hip-hop? Is that how you interact with your students?” Vlad wrote.

Jerkins doubled down on her message writing: “What I’m saying is that you put your opinion in a discussion that’s not needed.”

And just when it seemed like Vlad and Jerkins’ conversation would be centered around the inclusion of non-black voices in hip-hop, Vlad threatened to call Princeton.

Vlad apparent threats landed him in trouble.

According to some Twitter users, Vlad took things to another level when he suggested that he would be calling Princeton to discuss his exchange with Jerkins.

“Don’t try to change your words now. I’ll be reaching out to @Princeton about this on Monday,” he tweeted (per Complex). Vlad later suggested that he was simply “trolling” the professor, who happens to be the niece of producer Rodney Jerkins, but the damage was already done.

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“Since it’s Monday, let me clear the air and state that I never had any intention of filing a complaint to Princeton for former professor Morgan Jerkins saying that white people aren’t allowed to comment on Kendrick Lamar’s music. She trolled me and I trolled back,” he wrote.

However, his response fell on death ears, and he tweeted a formal apology days later. "After considerable reflection, I would like to apologize to @MorganJerkins for tagging her job in my replies during our Twitter exchange last weekend," Vlad tweeted.

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