Larray “Canceled”

Kaitlynn Breeden, Staff Writer

YouTuber and Tiktok personality Larray made his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, on Oct. 31, as his viral diss track, “Canceled” debuted at No. 81. It also entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart at No. 34. The song debuted at No. 1 on the YouTube Music Videos Chart and racked up 39 million views since the music video was uploaded on YouTube. 

Larray is a member of the TikTok group, “The Hype House,” has nearly 18 million TikTok followers, and 7 million YouTube subscribers. Larray targets many of his fellow influencers on the track including multiple TikTok and YouTube stars.   

The video starts out in a classroom at “Canceled University,” with a classroom of students, some TikTok stars staring as the students, talking about Internet cancel culture. Larray walks into the room saying, “I just want to apologize in advance for this, I’m so sorry that you have to hear this.” 

Larray starts out dissing Bryce Hall, Jeffree Star, James Charles and Nikita DragunHe disses Charles, mentioning (and showing in the music video) his nude photo he leaked himself, after his Twitter account was hacked on Aug. 24. Star, a makeup artist and brand owner, was only mentioned once on the song for saying racial slurs.  

Larray briefly mentioned YouTuber Shane Dawson saying, “Shane Dawson got a cat, hold on, someone call PETA.” Dawson was canceled a while back for saying he wanted to have sexual intercourse with his cat.  

Charlie D’Amelio was mentioned at the end of the first chorus. “Don’t want the smoke but Charlie had that vape, Larray said. The line about D’Amelio has clever wordplay relating to a vape and smoking. “Smoke” is slang for backlash or getting hate. Larray is saying he doesn’t want to get hated on for this, but he’s confirming that Charlie did have a vape.  

“Canceled” contains a sample of Tay-K’s 2017 hit, “The Race,” which the rapper released while he was avoiding authorities for a capital murder charge. “Canceled” was produced by S.Diesel, who also produced “The Race.”  

Larray mentions using the sample with the lyric. “This ain’t a race / Tony Lopez caught a case, Larray said. Lopez was accused of sexual harassment of a minor for sending explicit messages to a 13-year-old girl. 

Larray didn’t have anything bad to bring up about David Dobrik, but did mention him at the end of the second verse sayingI’ma hit a lick on David Dobrik / Rob his s***, take his Tesla then I floor it, Larray said. 

Cancel culture has been a controversial issue with online stars, since everything they do is documented online. When the stars make major mistakes, they’re blasted online by millions of people, and essentially end up being canceled. 

Though the song is a diss track, Larray has his own flow and style, and overall sounds good. The song is a joke, but he brought up almost every big scandal every social media star was caught in. Some of the influencers who got dissed star in the video, which makes it known not to take the track seriously.