Over the past week obscure rapper and more notably, offspring of Tom Hanks, Chet Haze has made headlines for his unapologetic use of the N-word. Making matters worse, the self proclaimed “MC” then took to YouTube in an attempt to rationalize his use of the racial epithet.
Rapper Scrilla King was introduced to Haze through a mutual acquaintance back in 2010 and the two became friends and even recorded a song called “Body Talk” together. But according to Scrilla himself, the two fell out over Haze’s sense of entitlement to do and say things whenever and however he pleased.
“He felt like he could say whatever he wanted,” Scrilla told BET.com in an exclusive interview. “I spoke out about it for the simple fact that I feel he has this sense of entitlement to his lifestyle and to what he can say. I feel like the Black community as a whole needed to stand up with me.”
Scrilla, who used to be friends and recording partners with Haze said his former friend and collaborator has spoken to him using the racial slur as well.
“He called me ’N***a’ one time at the studio. I never spoke out against it but I didn’t feel comfortable at all,” said Scrilla. “I got homies I call ’N***a’ all the time, but I’ve never had one of my white buddies call me ’N***a’ and the way he said it didn’t make me feel good.”
Scrilla, who released the song “Favor” in response to Haze’s actions, also said that he believes most if not all of Haze’s Black friends are merely opportunists looking to benefit from the relationship.
“I think [regarding his Black friends] it’s a fake friendship to be honest with you," Scrilla said. “These other guys that are his friends, some of who I do know, I think it’s fake. I think that they’re putting up a front because of what they think they can get out of the relationship with him. Without him being in This position, this would not be going on.”
Scrilla says Haze’s explanation only further serves as a sign of his guilt.
“You’re not gonna go to the Internet to try and defend something [you’re innocent of] because you truly believe that your’e right. It’s when you’re guilty that you go out and you try to defend your name,” proclaimed Scrilla. “You shouldn’t use a word like this, which clearly was a struggle for Black people, as a form of endearment.”
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(Photos from left: Scrilla King via Instagram, Paul Warner/WireImage)