Chuck D Slams Jay-Z And Kanye West For Their Use Of ‘N-Word’

Public Enemy star and hip hop icon, Chuck D, has criticised the use of the n-word in the genre, drawing particular attention to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s single from their Watch The Throne album, “N****s in Paris.”

Chuck has remarked that their use of the word means that it is continued to accepted in pop culture and society, and now the outspoken rapper has taken to Twitter to voice his opinions.

Public Enemy played at the L’Original festival in Lyon on Sunday night, where a white fan in the crowd was seen to use the word.

Chuck wrote of the incident, “Standing ovation in Lyon France telling these folks we are African NOT N*rs In Paris why I gotta travel PlanetEarth cleaning s*t from USA?”

He then added another tweet that stated, “Blackfolk are hangin on a cliff in the USA. Calling us N*R & making youth think its normal & diggin it is like pushing us off it. It pay$ well.”

Chuck then reference the individual who used the word, remarking, “He didn’t know. It’s a language cultural thing where they’ve seen black men call themselves that like happy a** slaves for 20yrs.”

Chuck D then commented on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s use of the word for their aforementioned single, which drew some criticism at the time for its use of the word, after a fan defended the duo on Twitter.

Chuck wrote, “Yes JayZ is a very very sharp smart dude and gifted. But with great power comes responsibility, it is necessary to lead forward.”

He then finished, “When you have mainstream RAP songs basking in it out of context, Sometimes you gotta call time out and demand some respect.”

Public Enemy were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part as 2013’s wave of inductees.

Do you agree with Chuck D’s views?

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