DJ Khaled Justifies His Use Of The N-Word

Khaled explains why he uses the word and says it's more of a term of endearment.

DJ Khaled recently spoke with Invasion Radio’s DJ Green Lantern (via NR) about his usage of the N-word, which he employs in his songs. The Palestian DJ explained that he grew up using the word and doesn’t see how he isn’t entitled to use the racial epithet.

“I’m a nigga. If somebody ever took that in an arrogant... If someone thinks it in another way, they dumb,” he said. “I grew up like that. It’s slang. It’s actually a positive word the way that I use it, the way that Ace [Hood] is using it. If you think like that, that goes back to the Internet, the hate.”

He justified his use of the word in songs and everyday conversation, drawing a line between variations on the term but explaining how it could be used as a term of endearment.

“For me to say ‘We the best, oo wee nigga, we the best!’ You know what I’m talking about. Niggas that’s thinking that is dumb fucks. Once again, I’d like to shout out the fans who love this music. What makes me mad, when I grew up, niggas was calling me sand nigga. That’s ignorant, because there’s only one way to say it. You can’t say, ‘Yo what up my sand nigga?’ That’s not the way we grew up in the streets,” he continued. “When I say ‘What up my nigga,’ I say that to Green all the time. ‘What up my nig?’ That’s just me greeting you with love. But if somebody takes it another way, they dumb. That’s like dumb. That’s dumb. Like, they dumb.”

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122 Comments

  • James

    You're arab, not black. Kill that shit like you struggle with us

  • yel lin oo(myanmar)

    think you

  • yelyellin(myanmar)

    Dj Dj my like

  • MMMmmm Khaled

    Damn DJ Khaled is so FINE. I just want to lift up his tits and smell the sweat that gets trapped beneath them. I would totally stick my finger in his belly button and smell that shit too. I bet his booty tight as fuck! I have got to tap his ass before I die, DJ Khaled is so fucking sexy!!! MMMMMMmmmmmmMMMMMm

  • spic ass crackanigga

    who the fuck cares anymore?

  • Levon DeMarquis Valle

    Dis bruh is a dumbass, that's it.

  • Sekon@NuN

    I understand both sides of the argument...One thing though Ill say watever the fuck I want!

  • Osiel Salas

    Dj Khalid is a joke along with those stupid monkeys from young money

    • This white boy is a bitch^^^

      Hey little boy don't let your momma catch you cussing on the internet that SHE is paying for LMFAO she might ground you from your computer that SHE bought for you. Pussy ass little kid trying to be racist yet you look like a damn monkey in that ugly ass picture! Cut that nappy hair son and go get some pussy.

  • Daniel Gregory

    fuck up nigga aint u got some prisons to go to or somethin u fat mothafucka

  • Nico 3

    Just cause you watch Menance doesn't make you black. Stick to the words and phrases you do know like "all you can eat buffet" and "does anyone want seconds".

  • teejay

    Imagine if a white person gave this SAME explanation. Idiot.

  • WORD

    and its the white people buying albums hearing them say NIGGA all day don't want em to say but still throw in a Cracker er now and again and they say wit a er not CRACKA

  • whaaat up my cracka's

    jus add an A to the end and ya good right?? CRACKA, Nigga, Spicca, i'm white hardly any my friends are and i don't say that shit cause there's plenty of black folks that are against the word all together, If you black and say it then thats on you but don't be the one complaining about other races using the word if you one to use racial slurs yourself, i.e. CRACKER SPIC or whatever other racist term you can think of. goes for some of these rappers too saying cracker in they lines when they wouldn't want them same "Crackers" saying NIGGER LET ALONE NIGGA

  • Mike D

    Fuck this arab cracker, he ain't got no right to be saying Nigga. Damn nigga's shouldn't be allowin his as to say that shit.

  • Hyprocrites

    Soo we let V-Nasty and DJ Khaled slip and say nigga as endearment but when Lil B said "I'm Gay" everybody wanna call him a faggot and all that. Give me a break, my generation are a bunch of lost souls who think as long as you got money, cars, & clothes you can say whatever you want. Fuck my generation and if you down with that bs then fuck you too! Hypocrites.

  • Sean O'Loughlin

    That's some real shit, Khaled. I'm a black guy who feels blacks take it out of proportion when it comes to who should say nigga. They're obviously not saying it as a racial slur. It's a slang word for dudes. A term of endearment basically. That's why I'm on V-Nasty's side on whether she should say it or not. She's from Oakland, which is in the Bay Area, which is one of the most ethnically-diverse areas in the U.S. She's obviously not saying it to be a racist. Hell, she hangs with black folk and a whole bunch of other different races. She a rapper for fuck's sake! My deal is, if they're not saying it as a racial slur or to be racist, what's so bad about it? And remember, this is coming from a black guy. It's 2011, people. Fast forward from 1968. That shit is ignorant.

    • Anonymous

      So is Khaled's speech (ignorant). He simply should not be allowed to talk on a microphone, let alone scream "We The Best" on every fucking track.

  • optimus rhyme

    This fuck boy just says it cuz he thinks it sounds cool. There are dozens of words in the dictionary or even other street slang that he can use as a term of endearment. Black artists and blacks in general need to stop letting this shit slide. Him and a few others need to be checked proper.

  • Anonymous

    This fat sand nigga talks like that white cat from Malibu's Most Wanted. "Traffic, Traffic, I'm looking for my chapstick". GTFOH. Go back to 7/11 and make my fucking slushee you fat miniak!

  • Belly Of Da Beast

    THE FUCK IS THIS SAND NIGGA KHALIED TALKIN ABOUT HE AINT NO MOTHAFUCKIN NIGGA!! REAL NIGGA SHIT ONLY REASON ACE LIKES CALLIN HIM A NIGGA IS CAUSE HE WANNA GET PAID AND HE'S A GAY ASS FAKE ASS STUDIO GANGSTA NIGGA.. WORD UP NIGGA KHALIED IS A WACK ASS DJ TRYIN TO HIDE HIS SKILLS BY YELLIN OUT "WE DA BEST" NAH NIGGA YA'LL NOT THE BEST NIGGA YA'LL THE TRASH NIGGA NOW JUSTIFY THAT!! NIGGAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ricky Rozay

    This wannabe nigga may ride wit Ross, but this nigga is wack as fuck. I'm sick of bitches like this ridin the backs of success of guys like Ross. Khaled you fuckin suck. Get yo game up. Make an album that doesn't brick nigga. And BTW you shouldn't be sayin nigga anyway, u an arab motherfucker. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Belly Of Da Beast

    CUBAN LINK... BODYBAG!! MIKE WEST... BODYBAG!! 50 CENT, PUT YO BODYBAG IN A BODYBAAAG!!!!

  • Anonymous

    How Ace Hood And Khaled continue to put out albums that FLOP are beyond me

  • Anonymous

    drake and kahled consider rick ross next lp a classic? this is whats wrong with hip hop people wack rappers fucking it up for everyone

  • jon

    IF V NASTY CANT USE IT AND SHE WHITE AND BEEN LOCKED UP FOR LIVING THAT LIFE THIS FAT ARAB FROM THE SUBURBS NOT THE HOOD HAS NO RIGHT TO SAY IT. SOMEONE NEED TO TELL OBAMA ABOUT BIN LADINS LONG LOST SON......

    • webb

      I'm with you joe. Ross calls out a white girl.. (shouts to Kreyshawn my future babymama) then why can this fat ass sand nigga say it. oops it's only one meaning for that word well damn...

  • mbongeni

    this guy has no right to say nigga!!! do you guys know that arabs controlled the slave trade in east africa and were as brutal as the white people!

  • SupaDupa

    yeah I think that he needs to stop It. Simply for the fact that Nigger was a word used against African-Americans, not just anybody who isn't white. Listen to the intro of David Banners "Swag". As a white male that intro explains it perfectly to why white (and Palestinian, Mexican and whatever the fuck V-Nasty is) shouldn't use that word

    • Anonymous

      you niggas is fuck stupid THEY ARE NO 'AFRICAN AMERICANS' THATS A TERM MADE UP BY THE FUCKING WHITE MAN every fucking body comes from afica... hahaha ya'll talking bout history but heres the thing, get over it, you werent there i wasnt there. if kids today wanna take a word and use it as slang then more fucking power to them cause everytime i hear the word NIGGA. i think niggas... as in real ass niggas, as in my niggas... but i never think slavery...

    • Come On

      I agree 100% I hat how many hip hop artist are not african american and think they can use it cause they rap or have a song with black ppl on it....y'all need to check your history and understand the word before you speak

  • Bowski

    God forgive me but I really, really, really hate this dude. NO It's not okay for you, V-Nasty, or any other people who are not black to use that word point blank period. I don't care how "commercialized" people may think the word is, if you're not of the BLACK race & I hear you using that word around me, I promise I'm knockin' dat ass out and I'm not even trying to be a tough guy. It will NEVER be cool I don't care how cool, coozy, peace & peachy idiots like Khaled may think the world is. This topic should NEVER be open for discussion, clarification, or whatever else simple as that. Shame on all those NIGGAZ that hang around this clown and let him use that word so loosely. Stand for something or fall for anything people. Just becase you're "Getting money" in certain realms doesn't mean that we should allow ourselves to be disrespected, c'mon y'all.....

    • mike

      for real tho beyond the race issue i think all we can sit down and really know as a fact is that dj khaled is a fucking whack ass fool who needs to stop screaming on whack ass tracks. one hunnid

    • mike

      i dont use that word but i live in SF and constantly hear people of all races using it. i understand not being okay with someone so commercial and heard by many people but you arent gooing to stop all the 15-20something fools that are either samoan/asian/latin etc from using that word. i get it i understand its not cool with many people but you must understand that there is a HUGE population of younger peoples (at least in the bay) who aren't black using that word. not just khaled. (but he's definitely doing no good with this stupid shit)

  • JahRandom

    Khaled is dumb. He's like dumb. He's dumb. Like, he's dumb. Oh yeah, and he makes shitty music.

  • based landlord

    "But if somebody takes it another way, they dumb. That’s like dumb. That’s dumb. Like, they dumb." fuckin dumb idiot

  • amp

    "what up my sand nigga!" LOL

  • Anonymous

    so he hates being called a sand nigga which is what middle easterns are called, but can call black people nigga? yeah that's not arrogant.

  • Power to the White

    That logic is flawed. One, because anybody who says it knows damn well they use it in demeaning ways as well and two, if it's a term of endearment today then why can't white people say it?

  • franko

    Dj Khaled is fuckin' garbage... it's official!

  • Jesus

    9/11 was caused by sand niggers. the police said they found a tape. but didnt say who it was too, it said "we the best" a billion times and had a few shots of a arab sucking off a dude" who looked a little like Rick Ross. come to think of it. it was, it was you

  • JD Khalid

    We da worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luis Salamanca

    I get what he's sayin' and I'm cool with that but just the way he talks is hella ignorant, he just sound like a dumb nigga speech-wise.

  • Word

    Dj Khaled is an embarrassment to Palestinians. Someone, hand him a book.

  • TAYLORD

    WHAT UP MY TERRORIST? WHAT UP MY PUNJABI? ITS OK I GREW UP IN INDIA WITH THE TAMIL TIGERS I CAN SAY THAT SHIT stupid Palestine jewish fat fuck...sit the fuck down..

    • sweetSensi

      YOU FUCK-NUT, HYPOCRITE DUMB THICK CUNT, PALESTINE IS OVER 4000 MILES AWAY FROM INDIA, TAMIL TIGERS ARE IN SIRILANKA ITS LIKE GETTING USA CONFUSED WITH FORMER USSR. THICK SHIT - GO AND EAT AN ATLAS

    • Saad Rajabali

      Palestine and Jewish? Are you fucking retarded, you dumb cunt?

  • Bonkers

    Wow Khaled sounds stupid As Fuck!! if i was black i would deck this mofo in the chin

  • JG

    Rozays next LP is gonna change the game...its what we been waiting for, the next Carter 3

  • Guru

    "But if somebody takes it another way, they dumb. That’s like dumb. That’s dumb. Like, they dumb.” -- Coming from the dude who can't think of any insults besides dumb... This dude hasn't heard 2Pac's first album, else he would have used that as his evidence for the N Word being used positively. Fuck outta here Khaled.

  • Anonymous

    Khaled STFU. 4 albums none has a gold status. GTFOH wackest prefer to listen to Lil B than Khaled. We the best sucks. All them albums flop. Ace Hood flop, Khaled albums flop. Damn what a shame.

  • Hatershater

    Seriously yall, I have crabs, so tell ya dads to check around that hairy asshole.

  • Matthew Lewis

    kinda has a point. hes still talentless and useless to hip hop. it would be a better genre without his dumb ass lol

  • K:O:S

    DAMN! He sounds dumb! He expresses himself like a retarted 4 year old!!! And who is this no talented bitch anyway? He don't produce, he's not even a DJ, he's a selector at best!!! Living large of other peoples fame and talent!

  • Anonymous

    why the fuck is this news... khaled be the wackest tho

  • Anonymous

    Instead they bark on Kreayshawn.

  • Anyway

    Who is bringing this shit up in the first place? Really??? Khaled saying it NEVER rose an eyebrow. Kid Rock says it (check the Youtube video). We know where you're coming from when you say it and how you say it.

  • Anonymous

    what up my crackers

  • Suspect

    Whaddu Sand Nigga Khaled lmfao

  • iddle1

    bottom line is no one should be using it

  • anonymous

    Palestinians are the nigga's of the middle east.

  • Jay.R

    Pssh quit trying to justify it! You say it cause you think you sound cool. Same goes with V-Nasty.

  • hank

    i'm a white boy and i say nigga all the time " kill that niggA" "rape that nigga bitch" me and my boys threw a huge party after Troy Davis was excuted!! #WHITEPOWER

  • who?

    seriously im hispanic i use the word between me and my boys some are black some are white. if someone doesnt know me outta respect for that individual i will not say not say it in front of them. Khaled says it Fat Joe says it Jlo say it im sure any white person related to hip hop says it but wont put that on a cd or say it in the public eye a lot and i mean a lot of black people allow you to say it i grew up in a hispanic black area and not once ran in to a person who wanted to get down or ask me not to say it. at the same time im not runnin around just blastin dudes with it around here we all cuzzin LB 20'S

  • chargeduppromo

    Don't point khaled out unless you gone point every one out. Did anyone ever check Pun or Fat Joe?

  • QB

    This topic is so played out.. use it only around people you are SURE won't be offended. DJ Khalid can't walk up to any Black person he doesn't know and say "Whaddup my nigga". He will get KTFO'ed.. "Fam", "bredren" "partner" "homie" "my dude" etc.. there are tons of better, non offensive words you can use to show love..

  • Hatershater

    Who is this.sand nigga anyway what does he do again? No cracker ssandniggas r mexicans can say the n word in my hood we dont care if.they lived in the hood all there life

  • Anonymous

    hes sooooooooooooooooooooo high

  • bkstylz

    “I’m a nigga. If somebody ever took that in an arrogant... If someone thinks it in another way, they dumb,” he said. more of a sand nigga

  • Nasty Nate

    "...they dumb. That’s like dumb. That’s dumb. Like, they dumb.” I'd say that's like a black hole calling the kettle "nigger".

  • Anonymous

    "...they dumb. That’s like dumb. That’s dumb. Like, they dumb.” Stupid n****

  • Anonymous

    Shut up you sand nigga. You is dumb like you in your statements using dumb is dumb blah blah. Cut down the oil prices and stfu.

  • Anonymous

    If your white and using that word you look suspect in all truth. Any none white can relate to certain issues in race and society, and the different privilages we all came up under. So his using the word as a palestinian has a different effect, truly speaking as knowledgeable as possible

    • RealJamaican

      hey anonoymous white guy, is that the same logic people who were in the KKK used? "I grew up in a certain area. That's the way it is"

    • Rude Boi

      faggot, NO ONE should say the n word, especially if they're white

    • Anonymous

      And why is that? So if your white and you grew up and lived in the hood your whole life you arent allowed to say it? Well im white and i say nigga because i can and its who i am. Nobody in my hood has a problem with it because its the way we were raised in this area and its a common word.

  • fcvs

    when's the last time this "nigga" wrote or produced a song? I only heard him saying his name like a fucking pokemon, and saying we the best and shit like that

  • Colonel Ghadafi

    Whats up my niggas!! Yall heard Carter IV yet. Its hard to get CDs in the secret hideout but I made sure one of my Amazon guards got it. My nigga Wayne goes IN. Great music to rape and murder some villagers to! Only thing that might be better this year is my nigga Drake's album. Dreezy, now that nigga gets it, gets how lonely being rich and powerful is. Sometimes I put on So Far Gone when I feel like pillaging and cry a little bit. Its hard being this hard but my Young Money niggas get it. YMCMB!!!!!!!!

  • GRIM REAPER

    The fact that the word has been twisted from an slave meaning in itself is a powerful example of hip-hop's power.

  • Anonymous

    Khaled is a fucking disgrace to hip hop. I dont know what more else to day.

  • Anonymous

    wasnt that kreayshawns exact argument? why the double standard?

    • Anonymous

      kreayshawn wasnt the one who was using the word it was her girlfriend v nasty, and yes that was part of her arguement

  • Anonymous

    Everybody walking around nowadays seems to use that word, its not really a racial thing But, I dont care how hypocritical it is, when a white person talks like that, they look like idiots to me......a Puerto Rican, an Arab or whatever, doesnt make me laugh and shake my head like a white boy walkin up to me talkin bout "Whats really good Nigga" or some other shit like that, makes me wanna slap the fuck out of them, lol

  • Joe Somebody

    Fuck you Khaled, black people don't like ur music and white people like me hate your music. Step away from the mic.

  • slapyobitchass

    I sick of this fat ass nigga runnin around trying to draw attention to himself. This nigga is nothing more than an attention hog who just screams cuz he he couldn't syllables. Fuck this fat fuck and all the untalented hacks that roll around with him. This nigga shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the studio. He fuckin blows!

  • Tarik Tannir

    "If someone thinks it in another way, they dumb,” ahahhahahah, "they dumb" Does anyone else see the irony in this?

  • Anonymous

    ' But if somebody takes it another way, they dumb. Thats like dumb. Thats dumb. Like, they dumb ' this dude is a terrorist

  • Anonymous

    *slap* shut up khaled you fat fuck

  • bisquic

    "Niggas that’s thinking that is dumb fucks."....so what does that make you?

  • Fuck Khaled

    Khaled might think I am hating but he really is a Nigga, a Sand Nigga!

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