Chuck D Addresses Suge Knight's Comments Regarding N-Word

Public Enemy's Chuck D discusses the historical context of the "n-word."

Chuck D was asked to address Suge Knight's recent declaration that he prefers to be called “the n-word” over “African American.” The Public Enemy emcee spoke on the historical context of the n-word. 

"Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water," Chuck said to tmz.com. "Being a nigger or [nigga] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim."

YG was also recently asked to address Knight's comments

"That word, it got a lot of history,” YG said. “It got a lot of people that, you feel me, been through a lot of shit behind that word. You feel me? But I feel like people use the word anyways on an everyday basis. The word is based off of friendship. When you say the ‘n-word’, ‘that’s my n-word,’ you saying ‘that’s my homie.’ So, this how I feel about it a little bit too. If the people using that word as a word to like uplift they friend or like say ‘that’s my homie, that’s my friend,’ I feel like it’s love. Because they ain’t using it in a disrespectful way.”

Suge Knight spoke about the "n-word" recently, saying he dislikes the term "African American."

“A lot of times when people say the n-word, I like that better than African American," Knight said. "We're not from Africa. We're black. Even Africans don't call themselves African.”

RELATED: YG Defends Suge Knight's Stance On The N-Word

58 Comments

  • Anonymous

    listen fuck tards. Many people have fought and died for blacks to be treated equal and for the right to be addressed by their birth name. You idiots call each other that nonsense is disrespecting those that died fighting for your freedom and equal rights. No one should use any variation of the N word.

  • jimjim

    fuck this broke ass dude or is he broke somebody say something

  • Larmachagne Tha Dog

    Suge Knight doesn't count as black. He and any other waffle colored negro.

  • Fat ass

    All I know is that its the white mans fault. Right niggas

  • Eric Castillo

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  • The Power

    Before you go ahead with your racist comment, be advised that this is a Hip Hop website. The gatekeepers and founders of Hip Hop are black. So, you are all contradicting your stances as racist while frequenting a black cultured website...The Jig Is Up! Jokes on You!!

  • Anonymous

    Suge, fake ass ganster et al., do the Black race a favor and off yourself, fucking clown, knew you were soft way back with the confused soldier (R.I.P)and its because dudes in Cali, yeah, yeah, drive by this, we got AK,blah blah, they are fucking weak ass pussies and that is why you are still walking.

    • Anonymous

      In prison, complaining about guards not giving him enough time to shower.

    • Anonymous

      Ninja pleasE, get the fuck ouuta here, I love how y'all cats who don't know jack about Hip-hop, read a couple of post, start yapping about' street cred'. Money way back I used to tell folks money is a bully and somebody will pop him in the mouth and he will go soft (which happened-barber knocked him out-then was suing some artist whatever. The street cred bit, riding the coattails of you 'mens' , that is how he was able to be bully punk ass acts. First of, he got exposed by Monster Kody after that 'Pac (R.I.P) fiasco cuz money was acting like a prima donna complaining about shower time etc...fuck ouuta here

    • Anonymous

      how he was able to bully these punk ass rappers....

    • JD

      There was a point in time when suge was considered the most dangerous man in LA so you obviously dont know nothing about him. suge still has street credit why do you think he has never been robbed. i mean never. he obviously still has connections or he would be dead. if someone can kill 2pac then its possible for someone to kill suge knight.

  • Negro Tha God

    Peace, my nigg*s. The god Negro gonna spit some knowledge on yall uneducated nigg*s. The nigga YG is correct, nigg*. African nigg*s don't call they selves Africans, they call each other Indian or brown, nigg*. And because the European man stole us from our huts, nigg*, we have to thank the white man for helping to introduce the word nigg* into the modern African American lexicon, my nigg*. That's right. Because of the negative connotation of the word nigg**, which is already an offensive term in and of itself, the word has gone on to evolve into a term of endearment among black folks, nigg*. Alright that's my time and I hope y'all niggas enjoyed this history lesson, nigg**. Peace and god bless, nigg**. Nig**.

  • Wow

    I've come to find out that black people expect white people to understand the black community when they don't even understand themselves. How can white people understand the N word when black people can't even figure it out. Past generations know the negativity behind that word cuz they were raised to interpret that word in one way only...now people are raised to believe it's acceptable sometimes and hear it a millions times every single day as a "term of endearment". The black community needs to stop looking for white people to blame until they solve "their" problems first. Every other race has acknowledged and overcome their own race's setbacks without simply defelcting to another race.

    • trillTalk

      Shit, well im hispanic, grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood, half of my homies are black, I used the word, never used it in a disrespectful way, never had one single black person tell me I couldnt use it or that it was wrong, now all of a sudden everybody feels threaten by it cuz of the media and shit, there is bigger problems at hand than using the N word now a days!

    • Anonymous

      how many races are suffering from identity crisis, meaning had your identity stolen from white over 450 years ago and kept in servitude at bottom class by design. Its not a case of blame, if a system isn't working you look at the reality of the facts

    • Yoda

      Im black and dont blame whites for anything.. This is a Hip Hop site, if you aren't happy with the actions of African Americans, dont frequent a site that depicts our beautiful Hip Hop culture. We are exceptional when it comes to this music ish, which is why you are here in the first place. There is no other form of music which has had such a huge influence on the world in general, not just a region or demographic. Hip Hop and Black reign is forever.

  • Anonymous

    Black people got bigger problems than a fucking word.

  • Marta Prince

    just before I saw the bank draft ov $8616, I did not believe that my father in law woz like they say actualey erning money part-time on their laptop.. there sisters neighbour started doing this for under 22 months and just now paid the debts on their condo and bourt themselves a Volkswagen Golf GTI. check my source... www.Tec80.com he might cry about it and possibly threaten you with violence for not feeling his estrogen jams for the ladies.

  • These comments

    are fucking grade 3 responses .... these comments are ridiculous as saying to white people to go back to their country ... we have yet to find euro bones in archaeological digs across north america ... its a debate between the usage of the words ... RIDICULOUS

  • Maynard

    Im from Mississippi and my great granddaddy hung a n1gger from a tree and lopped off his tallywhacker with a pick-axe and put it in a pickle jar. N1ggers are like chimps and the rapping chimps are pissed off that a white guy named Eminem is better than them all.

  • Bboysince73

    I find it hilarious muppets like white pride white lord are commenting on a hip hop website. Docile twats! One Love bitches..

  • Anonymous

    Another day, another article about race and idiots in the comments section going into a frenzy to offend each other. Ridiculous site with ridiculous users.

  • White Pride

    Haha! My greatest joy as a white man is hearing the Blacks call each other N@gger, it saves me the trouble of calling them N@gger when they do it themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Blacks are a stupid race, at least the ones in America are. When you go down south where Klansman are in abundance they have heavy accents and they dont say the N word with the er on the end, they say it with the igga on it or they say igra. It is absolutely hilarious beyond belief that Blacks want to use a word that their slave masters used instead of picking one of the other billion words in the English language. Why is it that educated Black people dont use the word but criminals seem to enjoy it so much? Why do all the Blacks with knowledge of self call each other King, Queen, Brother, Sister, God, Earth and endearing names while the ignorant negroes call each other ni88er and bitch? Words are powerful, is Mandela a nigga? Is MLK a nigga? Is Michelle Obama a ho or a bitch? Why are negros so lost?

    • THE REAL DEAL

      whites are even more of an stupid race the worst type of niggas are and always will be KKKracker ass honkies you ask why do Blacks call each other kings, queens, brother, sister, god, and earth? because we are the original people which means we are your parents and without us your KKKracker asses wouldn't be here today. words are powerful, is Bill Clinton a KKKracker, is Hillary Clinton a KKKracker, are the majority of white people KKKrackers? the answer for that is HELL YES, CASE CLOSE!!!

  • son of a sax

    When I was younger, I used to say the (n word) I view it as a term of endearment. But ALOT of people didnt (like my pops) Now that I'm older and see that the word has stretched well beyond the inner city circle. I choose not to say it. Point blank!!!Whether "er" or "a" there still a negative conotation connected to the word. No matter how you spin it.

  • White Lord

    I always laugh when a blacks call each other nigga.

  • Moot

    I hate to hear people speaking about the word Nigga but won't look deeper into the word niggard.. America doesn't allow you to go to deep because then you'd know who the niggards were and they were not black people.. Do the math Foo..

  • Anonymous

    hip hop dx allows white supremacists to type nigga/niggar but i can't type cracca? Who ever made that rule here is a CRACCAH!!!

  • Anonymous

    wait i can't type cracca on here?

  • Anonymous

    chuck who? who cares about some irrelevant old mans opinion.

    • THE REAL DEAL

      And who cares about some KKKracker ass honky that's always trolling Black websites talking shit when in fact you ain't going to bust a grape. I suggest you find yourself another hobby before you and the rest of your KKKracker asses really end up short!

    • Anonymous

      Like the relevant people have valid opinions. foh

    • Anonymous

      The guy below me was talking to you..

  • grand wizard of the kkk

    niggars will be niggars

  • Anonymous

    We took something the white cowards meant to down us and switched it to a term of endearment

    • Anonymous

      Don't say, "we" switched it because not every black person uses the word. The word has way too much negative history to ever be changed to a term of endearment not matter who uses it. It's a negative term and should not be used by anybody. What would you say if your 4 year old son, daughter, niece or nephew used the word in public? Would you condone it?

    • Anonymous

      That's the dumbest shit ever. You don't see jews calling themselves kikes, asian calling themselves chinks etc. Blacks are the only ones that think their slurr is cute. It is just as bad and you got sonned into thinking that shit's cute.

  • Anonymous

    Blacks are kinda slow, I see the more intelligent ones calling each other brother and sister, family or beloved but the ignorant ones like to be called Ni^^er. I guess self-hate has manifested itself in some Negros communication.

  • Anonymous

    LOL, stupid koons are too dumb to know that white people are laughing at them every time they call each other n*99er

    • THE REAL DEAL

      LOL,KKKRACKERS ARE DUMBER AS FUCK. YOUR POPULATION IS DYING OFF MIGHTY FAST AND SOON THERE WILL BE NO MORE KKKRACKERS AROUND TO RUIN THE EARTH!

  • Anonymous

    I use the N-word all the time when I'm whipping the back of my slaves

  • Anonymous

    Mexicans call each other wetbak as a term of endearment.

  • Anonymous

    Ni99ers call themselves ni99ers to uplift themselves.....no wonder these monkeys kill each other by the boatloads

  • Anonymous

    I prefer when the blacks call themselves n***** it makes me smile and laugh because no other people on the planet refer to themselves as dogs, bitches, hoes and n******. LOL what a stupid race of people.

    • THE REAL DEAL

      YOU TEND TO FORGET YOU KKKRACKERS ARE NOT ONLY A MUCH STUPIDER RACE, YOU ARE DOGS AND BEARS WHOSE ORIGINAL HOMEBASE WAS THE CAVES WHERE YOU WAS DOING LORD KNOWS WHAT YO EACH OTHER LOL HA HA HA!

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