Chuck D is taking issue with the message behind Jay-Z and Kanye West's hit collaboration "N***** In Paris." After a concert in Lyon, France the Public Enemy rapper took to Twitter to explain that the song's use of the "N-word" is sending people around the world the wrong message about the word.
Chuck D writes that he had to explain to the crowd in Lyon that the word is offensive to people of African heritage. Apparently, an unwitting Caucasian fan used the racial slur to refer to Chuck.
These clubs ARE confrontation camps today So much of the last 10yrs RAPmusic calling us Bychz &Ngrs eventually the crowd will act like that— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 26, 2013
Standing ovation in Lyon France telling these folks we are African NOT Ngrs In Paris why I gotta travel PlanetEarth cleaning sht from USA?— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 28, 2013
Blackfolk are hangin on a cliff in the USA.Calling us NGR & making youth think its normal & diggin it is like pushing us off it.It pay$ well— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 28, 2013
I aint gonna twit battle anyone on the Nword here.I said what I said&its solid as a fkn ROCK.WE that can Rage Against the Machine MUST DO so— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 28, 2013
Im pretty sure anyone signs their name publicly in calling The USA PrezOB the N Word there would be hell.Why accept it as normal in culture?— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) April 28, 2013
The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee writes that the fan's misuse of the word stems from its pervasive and often misunderstood use in urban culture. The rapper adds that while Jay-Z is a "sharp dude," he has a responsibility to be socially conscious of his words.
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