Irv Gotti says rappers are an endangered species in hip-hop because Black people won't stop killing each other.
The 49-year-old music industry exec shared his thoughts about rappers being killed more than any other artist.
Up-and-coming Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke was killed by four gunmen who broke into his Hollywood Hills home last month.
"It's sad, it really is sad," Gotti said in a street interview with toofab.com.
"It's a tragedy. 20 years old and they took his life," the Hollis, Queens native said.
"I love hip-hop, so I hate shit like that... It happens in hip-hop a lot. And it's just -- I wish our people was different. You know what I'm saying? I wish our people would think for one second. 20 years old, bruh. It only happens in hip-hop. And I don't wish that on nobody, but, you know what I'm saying. It's not like you're ever gonna see Justin Bieber get smoked, or whatever. And it's only hip-hop.
Gotti, real name Irving Lorenzo Jr., is a music producer and founder of Murder Inc Records. He was born to mixed race Black and Filipino parents.