G-Unit head 50 Cent is standing behind fellow “Power” actor Joseph Sikora‘s on-screen character and revealed giving him the motivation to drop N-bombs on their hit Starz show.
According to Fif, Sikora’s character “Tommy” using the N-word gives his character more authenticity.
“You [say] things that you wouldn’t say, or he wouldn’t be comfortable saying things that I’m asking him to say until he sees the temperament of the people,” 50 Cent said referring to Sikora. “Because over there, probably the most time they called you Ni**a. … ‘Yo that’s my Ni**a Tommy.’ They’re not using it as a racial term, They’re saying that’s my guy. … [In real life, it’s about] when you live there. When you there, they ain’t gonna see a difference in you or anyone else… it’s just you’re not the police.” (The Grio)
Instead of taking offense, rapper Rich Homie Quan recently said he embraced white fans using the N-word during his performances.
“I feel good, man, because it’s that kind of trap that we want people to do,” Homie said when asked about his take on fans rapping to his “My N*gga” song. “It’s almost like cross-over music. I feel good. I don’t really look at nothing by it. It’s good. You make music so people can recite it and that’s what they’re doing, they’re reciting the song. … I wouldn’t say racism is worse in the South because it was so hard in the South, I think people are very nice in the South now and don’t want to go back to those days. I’ve seen very little racism since I’ve been living.” (VLAD TV)
Last year, rap star ScHoolboy Q said his supporters should feel comfortable enough to drop N-bombs during concerts.
Q was dissatisfied with the crowd participation on “Blessed,” however, sensing some trepidation from fans who didn’t want to repeat the N-word, which is rapped over two dozen times in the song. Schoolboy, who says he doesn’t believe in racism, invited all of his fans to recite the lyrics, no matter their race. “I ain’t saying go out the show and say, Yeah, my n—a,'” he warned. “Someone might get hot.” (MTV)
In 2013, Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator said the age gap played a significant role on how the N-word topic impacted 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)