Just days after rap veteran Nas came to the defense of Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow for dropping the “N-Word” on Twitter, God’s Son now hints at falling back on using the controversial term.
Appearing on CNN this week, Nasty Nas defended his usage but also foreshadowed an eventual withdrawal from using the “N-Word” on records.
“It’s street corner language,” Nas said when asked why he uses the N-Word in his raps. “As I get older, I’ve got to be honest with you, as I get older, the need for me to use it in my music is not so much as it used to be but it’s young language. [It’s] young, street corner language that winds up on the radio. It speaks to a lot of young people and their language.” (CNN)
Last week, Mr. Jones 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)
Over the weekend, television mogul Oprah Winfrey questioned 50 Cent about his “N-Word” usage.
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)
In 2010, white rapper Yelawolf asked his fans to stop using the offensive term.
“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’ CNN interview below: