Top Dolla, also known as A.J. Francis has deleted a video featuring a diss-track aimed at Jinder Mahal and Shanky following a backlash on social media.
While Hit Row have become known on WWE television for their prowess with a microphone and razor sharp raps, on the most recent episode of SmackDown Jinder Mahal and Shanky tried to get in on the act.
In the short backstage clip, the pair “rapped” about the recent SmackDown additions, referring to them as “Cringe Row” intertwined with a number of out-dated Hip Hop references.
Posting on social media, Top Dolla fired back in typical Hip Hop fashion with a diss-track of his own. However, the clip was met with much backlash online, with some claiming it was racially incentive. As a result, the Hit Row Superstar deleted the video. It has since been re-uploaded elsewhere.
After deleting the clip, Top Dolla took to Twitter to explain that the track was made for entertainment, saying that Mahal and Shanky had made fun of his culture so responded in kind. He added that the point of the video was to have fun with the story they’re telling.
Y’all in an uproar about a track that Jinder himself knew was coming. I’m over y’all flooding mentions so I deleted it. The whole point of this was for us to have a good time w/ what we are doing. If you think I was insensitive I just hope you have the same energy for MY CULTURE
— Top Dolla 🔝💵/ A.J. Francis (@AJFrancis410) November 14, 2021
While Hit Row arrived on Friday Night SmackDown as a four-piece, only Top Dolla, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Ashante “Thee” Adonis remain. B-Fab, who performed with the group on NXT and during their brief time to date on the blue brand was among those released by WWE on November 4th. The trio paid tribute to the now former Superstar on the November 12th edition of SmackDown.