After V-Nasty caught flack for casually flinging around the N-word, Yelawolf recently spoke on white rappers’ use of the epithet and how it embarrasses white people in general. Speaking with Vlad TV, the Alabama native said that he was raised not to use the word and that those who employ it are only making themselves out to be fools.
“I’m from the South. That shit don’t fly. And in Alabama, put it this way. There are grandparents alive today whose parents went through a war. We’re just out of the slave trade. It’s very real situation,” he said. “You don’t take that shit lightly, especially Hip Hop and American music culture is black culture. Don’t ever get it fucked up. Know your roots, know where the fuck you’re getting this music from and respect it. And don’t embarrass white people and white rappers by doing that dumb shit, by dropping the N-bomb and thinking you’re all cool and shit. You’re going to find yourself slapped up and it might be by a white boy. Because you ain’t gonna embarrass me around my people like that.”
He continued by explaining that there are still racial tensions in the United States and that the use of the word goes deeper than rap. “We’re not very far away from real-life problems. Obama is the president, but it doesn’t mean that less than 50 years ago, people were getting… People are still getting mobbed. It ain’t no joke, man. Certain people have the birthright to use that word. I don’t know. As a white rapper, it’s always been a big no-no, but as a human being, it’s been an even bigger no-no.”