West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q has offered an interesting take on the dreaded N-word debate by giving a pass to fans of all races to use the expression in certain situations.
In Schoolboy’s opinion, 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)
During a recent ESPN special, rap veteran Common explained how he even turned down his mother’s request for him to stop dropping the N-word.
“At one point, my mother asked me [not to] use it, at one point Dr. Maya Angelou said she didn’t support it and you know, I love her,” Common said during a special ESPN broadcast. “I told mom, ‘This is the way we talk. This is part of the language and when I’m speaking to the people that need to receive the word, I’m speaking in the language that we do talk and if I talk over those people’s heads or I don’t use language that I naturally would speak in my raps, they may not get the message and that’s what I think our attention behind the usage of the word has to be understood. When you talk about kids, these kids are not fighting each other because of the N-word.” (ESPN)
Last year, 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)
In summer 2012, 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)
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