Shortly after former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight declared that he prefers to be called “the n-word” over “African American,” Compton rapper YG has come forward to share his thoughts on the controversial word.
While speaking with TMZ this month, YG stated that he understands and acknowledges the history of the word, but feels the use of the word by others is acceptable if it isn’t used in a disrespectful manner.
“I feel like this…That word it got a lot of history,” said YG. “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.”
YG, who released an alternate version of his single “My Nigga,” titled “My Hitta,” further commented on the use of the n-word as he revealed that people will continue to use the word despite what others may think.
“The word got history to it. A lot of people been through a lot of stuff over that word,” said the Compton wordsmith. “So, I feel where the people who be tripping off of it, I feel where they coming from. But at the same time you gotta understand that word. Regardless if people don’t like other people using it and saying it, people saying it anyways. You feel me? And it’s like ain’t nobody gonna do nothing about it. You feel me? Unless they use it in a disrespectful way.”
Although both the “My Nigga” and “My Hitta” music videos were posted on YouTube on September 6 of this year, YG’s “My Nigga” video has received over 30 million more views than the “My Hitta” video.
In his interview with TMZ, Suge Knight stated, “A lot of times when people say the n-word, I like that better than African American. We’re not from Africa. We’re black. Even Africans don’t call themselves African.”
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