Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses Controversial Birthday Rap Amid Film Promotion

Leonardo DiCaprio briefly discussed the controversial video of his cringe-worthy rapping skills during a promotional interview for his new film, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The actor has faced criticism for the video, which surfaced from his 49th birthday party in Beverly Hills.

Birthday Rap Controversy:

DiCaprio’s rapping video, where he performed the 1994 song “DWYCK” from Gang Starr and Nice & Smooth, drew backlash on social media.

Many compared it to a similar awkward rap scene in HBO’s “Succession,” involving Kendall Roy at his father’s birthday party.

Film Promotion and Interview Mention:

During an Entertainment Tonight (ET) interview while discussing “Killers of the Flower Moon” with co-star Lily Gladstone, the controversial video was brought up.

The interviewer noted DiCaprio’s reputation as a hip hop enthusiast, to which DiCaprio confirmed, saying, ‘That is true.’

DiCaprio’s Musical Tastes:

DiCaprio shared insights into his eclectic musical taste, spanning genres from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s with jazz and blues to hip-hop.

Lily Gladstone, his co-star, mentioned their early bond over music, emphasizing their connection.

Film and Awards Season Buzz:

Discussing “Killers of the Flower Moon,” DiCaprio expressed pride in the movie, his sixth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese.

He acknowledged Scorsese and Robert De Niro as cinematic influences, calling them ‘the great duo of my generation.’

DiCaprio also praised Lily Gladstone’s performance, expressing the honor of working with her.

Oscar Nominations and Marty’s Influence:

DiCaprio mentioned that both he and Gladstone would be ‘honored’ if the film received any Oscar nominations.

He highlighted Scorsese’s influence as a cinematic father figure, emphasizing the mind-blowing experience of collaborating with them over three decades.

Lily Gladstone’s Impact and Responsibility:

DiCaprio praised Gladstone’s contribution to the film and acknowledged her upbringing on the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Montana.

Gladstone shared her perspective on being a Native actor, expressing the responsibility and challenges in auditioning for roles.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s acknowledgment of the controversial rap video during a film interview adds a human touch to the promotional efforts for “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The discussion provides insights into DiCaprio’s diverse musical tastes and the collaborative dynamics with his co-star Lily Gladstone.

The interview’s balance between addressing criticism and promoting the film showcases DiCaprio’s ability to navigate different aspects of public perception.