News: Joell Ortiz & Joe Budden On John Mayer's N-Word Usage, "He'll Get Off The Hook Just Like Asher Roth"

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 11:15AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden have reacted toward a controversial John Mayer Playboy Magazine interview where the pop star openly used the N-word and said he did not date outside of his race.

From Ortiz's perspective, the public will eventually move past the controversy.

"John Mayer will get off the hook just like Asher Roth did. Throw money, a lame apology and some good PR at us and we forget," he wrote Wednesday (February 10) evening. "@laelohood blame the writer? it was a q & a...they just write what you say. they record your words. John Mayer should should not open his mouth unless he is singing. @laelohood if the fact i have white fans makes you think imma give a pass to racist bullsh*t you dont know me." (Joell Ortiz's Twitter)

Budden questioned whether fans were taking Mayer's interview too serious.

"Am I missing out on some John Mayer news ?," he wrote. "interesting read 2 say the least..... Y do black girls get mad when u say u don't prefer 2 date them ? is that considered "racist" ? just 2 clarify, i don't share in that sentiment, but i would like 2 hear what people think about it...." (Joe Budden's Twitter)

In Mayer's interview, the guitar player also referred to having a "hood pass."

"Someone asked me the other day, 'What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?'And by the way, it's sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a n*gger pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, 'I can't really have a hood pass. I've never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, 'We're full.' .... I don't think I open myself to [black women]. My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a f*ckin' David Duke c*ck. I'm going to start dating separately from my d*ck." (Playboy Magazine)

He reportedly apologized and promised to remove himself from the media at a concert last night in Tennessee.

Near the end of the Nashville concert, he stopped playing, apologizing to his bandmates for the interruption. "I quit the media game. I'm out. I'm done," a choked-up Mayer told the audience at the Sommet Center, an eyewitness tells E! News. "I just want to play my guitar." (E! Online)

The singer is known for having a strong presence within hip-hop.

Mayer began to collaborate extensively, often working with artists outside of his own genre. He appeared on Common's song "Go!" and on Kanye West's "Bittersweet Poetry." Following these collaborations, Mayer received praise from rap heavyweights Jay-Z and Nelly. When asked about his presence in the hip hop community, Mayer said, "It's not music out there right now. That's why, to me, hip-hop is where rock used to be." (MTV)

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