HIP HOP STAR NOT MAD AT N-WORD?
Hip-hop star not mad at SAE house mom singing n-word
In Norman, Oklahoma Trinidad James isn’t mad at Beauton Gilbow.
The rapper’s hit song can be heard playing in the background as Gilbow, the house mother of the University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon house — known as Mom B. — repeats the n-word seven times on camera.
It appears overboard considering that the hook of the song, “All Gold Everything,” uses the word only three times per succession. Gilbow has been bombarded with claims that she’s just as racist as the fraternity members caught singing a racist song on a bus last weekend. It’s an allegation she’s firmly denied, and the Atlanta rapper who wrote “All Gold Everything” is willing to give her a pass, though he wouldn’t condone her use of the word. He doesn’t hate her, though.
“I’m not going to be that person,” he told CNN. “It’s a rock and a hard place. I can’t be as upset at that lady. I’m upset at the fraternity because what they’re saying is a chant that’s just completely disrespectful to the black race. As far as that lady goes — man, that’s an old lady, man. Let that lady be.”
The Trinidad-born rapper, whose real name is Nicholas Williams, said he doesn’t like giving interviews about race and the n-word because his views are complex and hip-hop stars can be hypocrites when it comes to the topics.
“It’s hard to ridicule somebody for something that you continue to use in your music,” he said. “Every (hip-hop) artist is using the n-word in their music — hit records with the n-word in it. You can’t be upset when somebody says it. You can’t. It’s hard to differentiate when you can use it. If we don’t want the word used and the word holds such a negative connotation, then we shouldn’t use it at all, period.”
He compared it to children hearing their parents curse, “and they told you not to curse. You wanted to curse. You cursed.”
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