G-Unit’s 50 Cent recently sat down with television mogul Oprah Winfrey and opened up on the hot topic of when, if ever, it is acceptable to use the “N-Word.”
In Fif’s perspective, the “N-Word” debate centers on context.
Winfrey also took aim at 50 over his use of the ‘N’ word, confessing she and rap mogul Jay-Z had agreed to disagree about the provocative slang word. He responded, “When you’re actually using it with malice in your heart, you can feel the difference… If it’s being used by someone that you know isn’t using it in a racial term, it doesn’t impact the same… I just think you’re identifying with how it originated and it should exist based on that (alone).” (Toronto Sun)
Last week, rap veteran Nas stood behind Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow for dropping the “N-Bomb” on her Twitter page.
“I would slap the s*** out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow,” Nas told CBS Local exclusively. “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this s*** is. We don’t interrupt Italians when they say ‘Wop’ to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don’t interrupt us. We pick and choose.” Nas acknowledged that other black people might feel differently, but still stood by his statement. “Some might not feel the same way,” he said. “Some of us will get angrier about it than others; but some people get a pass. The people that I know who are cool and real n****s, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n****, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.” (CBS Local)
Last year, producer 9th Wonder weighed in on the controversial debate.
“I’m from the South, bruh, and I know there’s a context to everything but when we’re in the South and you put the ‘-er’ on the end of that thing and you’re not my color, it’s trouble,” 9th said, offering his take. “I don’t give a d*mn about explanation — but I’ve heard stories of record execs [using it] — I’ve heard stories of record execs asking their A&R’s, ‘Okay, we need to sell some records. What are n*ggas into these days?’ … Like Phonte said, there’s no way you can listen to ODB and not rhyme his rhymes.” (92 Q Tribeca)
In 2010, white rapper Yelawolf asked his fans to stop using the “N-word.”
“Be respectful and don’t drop the N-Bomb,” Yela added. “White boys out there dropping the N-Bomb, stop, please. You’ll never, ever, ever be able to say it. It’s never going to be cool, just stop. Don’t drop it in your music, don’t drop it around people, don’t drop it to me on Twitter. I see those white boys on Twitter dropping the N-Bomb on me and I’m like, ‘Dude? I’m not even gonna respond to you.’ Like, chill out. You’re never that cool.” (XXL Mag)
Check out Nas speaking on the “N-Word” debate below: