Kendrick Lamar defends N-word usage, following white fan snafu


Kendrick Lamar has plenty to say about his usage of the N-word.

“Let me put it to you in its simplest form. I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, and there’s been so many things a Caucasian person said I couldn’t do,” the Pulitzer-winning rapper, now 31, shared in Vanity Fair’s August cover story.

“Get good credit. Buy a house in an urban city,” he adds. “So many things—’you can’t do that’—whether it’s from afar or close up.”

“So if I say this is my word, let me have this one word, please let me have that word,” Lamar explained.

The topic came up while discussing a viral incident from May in which a white fan, whom he invited on stage, used the N-word while rapping the lyrics to “m.A.A.d. city.”

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In captured footage, Lamar stopped the show pointing out she should have “bleeped” the N-word. The lady responded, “Oh, did I do it? I am so sorry. I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.”

Lamar gave the woman another chance at singing the song, despite the audience chanting “F–k you.” She ultimately left the stage in a spotlight of shame and the internet delivered mixed reactions — reigniting a longstanding debate over who can and cannot use the word.

Elsewhere in the interview, Lamar opened up about whether or not he sees children in his future.

Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford
Kendrick Lamar and Whitney AlfordWireImage

He’s been with fiancée Whitney Alford for many years, but rarely speaks about his relationship because “I want something that’s just for me.”

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But in regards to kids, he was a bit more open and honest about how his career is his focus right now.

“This is the constant question, because I’m obsessed with my craft and what I’m doing,” Lamar said, who recently moved to Malibu. “I know what I’m chasing for my life, even though I don’t know what it is. But it’s an urge that’s in my every day. That urge to make an ultimate connection with words to man. And I don’t feel I’ve done that yet.”


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