News: Mac Miller Says N-Word A Big No-No, "I Don't Think Any White Rapper Should Be Using [It]"
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 11:45AM
Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has shed light on Eminem and Yelawolf rocking the January VIBE magazine cover and stressed why he feels no white emcee should ever be given an N-word pass.
In addition to speaking on Em's Shady Records powerhouse, Miller said under no circumstances is it acceptable for white rappers to use the term "n*gga."
"Yelawolf and Eminem are doing some--thing dope for music, so they deserve to be on the cover. In the inter- view, Eminem and Yela have a funny sense of humor together. Yelawolf is super ill. He brings a different per- spective. It's always good to have people that have something to say. He de?nitely knows who he is, and that's one thing Em has always also been [good at]: zoning in on who he is. [Shady Records] has a really good roundup of MCs. Yelawolf de?nitely ?ts in, but has his own style. I'm all for music meshing together-- whether [it's] an indie rock song that sounds kind of hip-hop or a hip- hop song that sounds kind of indie rock. I love when lines between genres are crossed. I agree with Yelawolf: I don't think any white rapper should be using [the N-word]. Whether you're a rapper or a cashier [that rule applies]. I ?nd it ridiculous that it's even up for debate. I wasn't raised to ever use that word, so I don't see any circumstance where that would be appropriate." (VIBE)
Last summer, Miller addressed critics getting on real estate celebrity Donald Trump for dubbing him the "new" Eminem.
"I thought it was so ridiculous how people got so worked up over him being like, 'You're the new Eminem.' What do you expect him to say? It's Donald Trump -- he's not going to be like, 'I was listening to this Mac Miller kid and he seems influenced by A Tribe Called Quest and he seems like he listened to a lot of Big L growing up," Miller said in an interview. "All he meant was that I'm a white rapper and I'm blowing up...People were like, 'How could the Donald say that? How could they say that Mac Miller is Eminem? They're different!' Obviously, we're different, dude. Don't worry about what Donald Trump calls me -- I was just excited that I've reached a level where someone like that, I'm on their radar. I'm 'bout to hit him to borrow the jet real quick. That man's got paper. I'll get there though. He definitely thinks he's the coolest dude in hip-hop." (Hard Knock TV)
Recently, white female rapper V-Nasty defended her usage of the N-word.
"Gucci Mane had no problem with it. Gucci Mane told me, sh*t, I'm more street than these muthaf*ckas that are talkin' about me saying the N-word," Nasty said in an interview. "Everybody tells me that. Nobody ever actually came to my face and said, "You can't say the N-word." You know what I'm sayin'? I feel like a lot of people were feeling disrespected. I don't want people to feel like I'm racist, or whatever the fact is. I'd rather just have a positive way, and show them that that word does not make me. ... I don't feel like it has anything to do with race. I feel like people use that word the way I use it. You know what I'm sayin'? If I can't say it, then basically nobody should be able to say it then, you know what I'm sayin'? I don't give a f*ck!" (XXL Mag)
A month prior, Miami rapper Trina stood up for V-Nasty's controversial usage.
"I don't see what the big deal about it is," Trina said in an interview. "It's a matter of respect, if you're not being disrespectful, if you're not doing it in a racist way...I'm not really the person that cares too much about all that. ... Let's worry about voting for Barack Obama for president again. I don't think the N-word is such a big deal, we've been saying it for years, decades, white, blacks, Hispanic, Jamaican, Haitian, Chinese whatever. It is what it is, we didn't create it, we didn't start it and we're not going to be the last to say it. It's going to continue on and on and on so we just need to focus on what's important." (BET)
Check out a recent Mac Miller interview below: