Lil Yachty and Dr. Umar Johnson Debate the Use of the N-Word

The two engaged in the discussion on the Atlanta rapper’s “A Safe Place” podcast.

Lil Yachty and Dr. Umar Johnson recently had a dialogue about their opposing views on the use of the N-word, HipHopDX reports. 

During the latest episode of Yachty’s podcast “A Safe Place” on Wednesday (February 28), Johnson argued that the use of the word should be outlawed because of PTSD (Post Traumatic Slavery Disease)hip-hop in the two-hour discussion.

“Show me another group of people who will fight for the right to continue to use a word that the government itself codified as a psychological word of mass destruction against your people,” Johnson said to Yachty and co-host MitchGoneMad around the 53-minute mark. “It’s because of your Post Traumatic Slavery Disease.”

Yachty had a different take on why he has no issue with using the N-word in his music and daily conversations.

“I was thinking it was a thing of almost just the swag and confidence that African Americans have that look like some, ‘F**k y’all, we gon’ take the shit y’all use to break us down with and let you know that it don’t have no power over us,” Yachty responded.

Johnson, who is never shy about sharing his opinions on all topics, also spoke about how the images of Black women in hip-hop culture and beyond are problematic.

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"I'm not holding you accountable for what everybody does," Johnson said."But, there's few mediums of media that have sexually objectified the Black woman more than hip-hop. So, If I'm a little Black girl and every music video I turn on she's half dressed with big breasts and a big a*s and I want a Black man to want me and like me and I probably ain't got no daddy cause the White man locked him up or the police killed him off. What am I gonna do to be attractive?"

"I think a lot of women make decisions," Yachty retorted. "A: for themselves. And B: to impress their friends just as much as a man. I think a lot of women do things to keep up with their friends...I didn't say more but I do think...I think for themselves. They ain't gotta be attractive I think it's for self-esteem."

Outside of discussing the N-word and the bodies of Black women, Yachty recently announced he will release a collaborative album titled "Bad Cameo" with singer/songwriter James Blake.

Taking to Instagram, Yachty shared his excitement about the joint project.

"I mean, granted, I think James has worked with a quite substantial amount of hip hop artists. But this project is so left for both of us," Yachty said in the clip. 

"And then, aside from the one picture that James posted, which—he doesn’t have many followers actually—I don’t think people know that we know each other exist. So it’s just gon’ be like, 'What the f**k? When they do this?'"

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