Chuck D Weighs In on Suge Knight's N-Word Comments

Chuck D Weighs In on Suge Knight's N-Word Comments

Public Enemy frontman takes opposing stance to Suge's controversial quote.

Published December 18, 2013

The "what do we call you?" debate continued on TMZ today (Dec. 18) with Chuck D reminding everyone what he's been saying since, at least, 1991, when Public Enemy dropped "I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo N---a."

The celebrity news site fanned the flames of the ongoing discussion around the use of the N-word earlier in the week with a video clip from Suge Knight expressing his views on subject. "It depends on how you say 'n---a' and what you doing with it," the Death Row co-founder said (remember, Death Row is the label that produced Tupac's "Ratha Be Your N---a").

"When you really look at it, a lot of people say 'the N-word" he continued. "... I like that better than 'African-American.' We not from Africa, we Black."

TMZ posted the video along with a poll requesting that their readers vote on how to "refer to black people," by clicking either "n---a" or "African American" (as of press time 55 percent went for the former).

On Tuesday (Dec. 17), the site also posted a video with Compton rapper, YG (who has a song called "My N---a" featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan). "I feel like this," he said "…That word, it got a lot of history ... If the people using that word as a word to uplift they friend or 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 ... But if you use that in a disrespectful way, like if you use that in a disrespectful way to me, I'ma get on your a--. I'ma tell you to watch that N-word, homie."

With those two opinions on the topic spinning in the news cycle, Chuck D spoke to TMZ to isuse a different perspective on the use of the epithet.

"Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water. Being a Nig**r or [Ni**a] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim." 

While he agreed with Knight that the use of African-American is debatable, he called out rappers for being lazy when using the N-word in rhymes, "more than 3 times a song. It's lazy. Especially when out of context."

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