Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has spoken out on the backlash he has received in recent years over using the controversial N-word freely despite being a Latin hip-hop artist.
Rather than downplay his usage, Joey Crack firmly stood behind the word.
“By the way, I’m blacker than most black people,” Joe proclaimed in an interview. “For the record. From the Bronx, I grew up 90 percent black people, half my family is black, I love black people, I am pro-Latino, I love Latino. I don’t see the difference. If you a black person or you a Latino, and they got sugar next door, we’re going to your house — I’ve always viewed us as one. Big Pun‘s number one hit was ‘Boricua, Morena,’ together. You understand what I’m saying? ‘Why Fat Joe say the N-word?’ ‘Cause I am that n*gga. It’s just the bottom line. I hate it when J. Lo said it one time, I know she’s a superstar and she’s like, ‘Ahhh.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, you’re from the Bronx, you supposed to say, that’s what we say.’ Terms of endearment. We call our cousins that, we call our brothers that. We were just talking about a white guy that says ‘N’ all day and we never looked at him different. Why? ‘Cause the first time I met him he was with 20 black dudes and every wife he ever had was black. He ain’t prejudice. He’s just saying it as a term of endearment. It’s not our fault it turned hip-hop.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Over the winter, Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator said the age gap plays a significant role on how the N-word topic impacts people.
“We don’t actually give a f*ck about that sh*t,” Tyler said in an interview. “Motherf*ckers who care are the reason racism is still alive. [The people who fought for civil rights,] that’s sick. That’s cool. [Why don’t I care?] I guess people my age, we’re not even thinking like that. When you think like that, you keep the racism alive when that’s not even on our palette.” (Hot 97)
Last summer, television mogul Oprah Winfrey spoke to G-Unit’s 50 Cent about the controversial topic.
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)
A week prior, 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)
A couple years ago, Miami rapper Trina spoke out for white rapper V-Nasty‘s controversial N-word 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 Fat Joe’s interview: