Beef with a message. This is rare. Normally it is just about clashing egos and behind the scenes bullshit, but this is some elevated, high quality beef. CHVRCHES are calling out Marshmello for working with Chris Brown and Tyga on his new song “Light It Up.”
When one artist from one part of music calls out another over something like this they generally have no ties to each other and probably haven’t met. This is certainly not the case with CHVRCHES and Marshmello. They just released a heavily promoted song “Here With Me” last month and performed it together at Coachella.
In the note posted earlier today (April 25), CHVRCHES wasted no time in expressing disappointment that Mello would work with these two men. “We were really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice work with Tyga and Chris Brown.”
They note their respect for him, but they write, “Working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behavior."
Chris Brown has a long history of abusive behavior towards women. He was arrested for the felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. In 2017 Karrueche Tran got a restraining order against Brown because she felt unsafe. He has faced a civil suit from a woman who says she was sexually assaulted on his property and in January, he was arrested in Paris after a woman filed a report of aggravated assault. He has since filed a countersuit.
Tyga has a history of his own. He very publicly dated Kylie Jenner when she was under 18 years old, alluding to potential sex with her in the lyrics of the 2015 song “Pleazer.” The age of consent in California is 18. He also settled a sexual assault against him after a 2011 music video.
Mello’s team doesn’t take criticism well, so we will see how he handles this and if “Here With Me” disappears from his rotation.
It is rare for artists to make these types of statements, especially against big artists that they have worked with and they are both on a pretty even playing field. They will generally wait until some sort of a pile one is happening, like with R. Kelly, and it is seen as safe to do so. CHVRCHES are taking a risk with this and could face consequences for this since Chris Brown and Tyga are still firmly planted in the music business, no matter what they do.