Chuck D Unhappy With Jay-Z & Kanye's Use of Word "N*gga"

Thomas Mulgrew

by Thomas Mulgrew

Published April 30, 2013


Public Enemy's frontman Chuck D has taken to Twitter to show his displeasure with two of the biggest names in music today, Kanye West and Jay-Z, for their continued use of the word "n*gga", especially in the song "N*ggaz in Paris". After hearing a white audience member use the word at a show in Lyon, France, Chuck D teeted, "Standing ovation in Lyon France telling these folks we are African NOT Ngrs In Paris why I gotta travel PlanetEarth cleaning sht from USA?" He went on about the fan, “He didn’t know. It’s a language cultural thing where they’ve seen black men call themselves that like happy ass slaves for 20yrs."

When a fan responded in defense of Jay and Yeezy, Chuck stated, "Yes JayZ is a very very sharp smart dude and gifted. But with great power comes responsibility, it is necessary to lead forward." He ended his argument saying, “When you have mainstream RAP songs basking in it out of context, Sometimes you gotta call time out and demand some respect.”

Chuck D faces an uphill battle in getting his message across, however, as the word is beyond ubiquitous in today's hip-hop and Jay and Yeezy continue to be at the forefront of the industry. A tweet, or series of tweets, can only do so much.

Via All Hip Hop

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