The N Word Within Music

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

Since the invention and evolution of the musical art form, with the primary focus on the Rap/ Hip Hop genres, artists from both styles have had the word N***A heavily recited within their bars. Whether it was claimed to be presented in a positive or negative connotation its inclusion has almost become commonplace.

Although people around the globe are aware of the history that is attached to said word, the argument of whether or not the word should still be used in modern society always leaves people divided. As some believe that everyone should be able to use the word and not just those of the black community, other have the viewpoint that depending on the pronunciation and spelling that the word can be rendered as non offenceive, but then there are also those who call for the abandonment of it all together.

Going back to 2018 while performing at the Hangout Festival in Alabama Kendrick Lamar, beckoned a white female fan onto the stage with him to sing M.A.A.D City, but Kendrick stopped her abruptly when she repeatedly used the N-word as it is said numerous times in the song, when the crowd began to turn on her Kendrick told her: "You gotta bleep one single word." With the crowd booing she went on to apologise "Oh I'm sorry, did I do it?" The rapper then asked the crowd if he should permit her to continue to which they responded with a resounding no, but he allowed her too regardless. The hypocrisy in this situation is that if Lamar and other rappers are offended but their white fans saying the N-word when reciting their lyrics maybe they should excluded the world especially if they are aware that they have a multicultural fan base.

Kendrick Lamar

A Fan Tweets About The Incident

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has also come under fire after a video of him and his family singing the late the Notorious B.I.G. 1994 hit juicy went viral for all the wrong reasons. As the rapper says the N-word multiple times throughout the Tune which the boxer is heard repeating with a large smile on his face. The timing of the situation is the most ironic thing as it follows on from a month or so earlier when his was publicly critical of fellow heavyweight Anthony Joshua's opinions in regards to supporting and being present at marches in the wake of public execution of George Floyd and also his vocalisation in buying black "Abstain from spending your money in their shops and economies, and invest in black-owned businesses." Many including Fury would deem Joshua's declaration of self love a racist statement of exclusion.

Tyson Fury/Anthony Joshua

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The self proclaimed king of the gypsies would also say that.

'I've suffered racism all my life, 32 years old in August, come from a travelling background, gypsies, hated racist people. 

'It's the only race that it's sort of acceptable to be racist towards these days. Even the TV companies in this country are allowed to be racist towards travellers, it's terrible. 

'But I'm not a person who gives a damn about what colour somebody is or what background they're from or whatever, because to me everyone is the same, it doesn't really matter, it is what it is.' 

So you might think that if he honestly believes in what he has said that he may show some sensitivity before using a racial slur aimed at another group of people despite it be included in a song. Or was he being a chatty patty and looking for clout and cool points?

Is this all just an overaction? Should anyone of any background be permitted to use the N-word as long as it's in a musical sense? Should only the melinated members of the community be allowed? Or is it time for the whole word to abolished?

But Let Me Know Your Thoughts Below?


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