Don’t Be Mad At Gwyneth Paltrow, Be Mad At Jay-Z & Kanye West For Calling Their Song “N***as In Paris”!

Over the last few days I’ve read numerous blogs and publications bashing Gwyneth Paltrow for using the ‘N’ word on Twitter during a “Watch The Throne” gig in France. And by no means do I support the usage of such language, but I think the backlash is aimed at the wrong person.

The Hollywood actress – who’s BFF’s with Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce – got onstage with Jigga and Kanye West during the show and later tweeted a photo of herself standing near the rappers, with the caption “Ni**as in paris for real.”

And that’s when the outrage began. “How dare she use the N word?” Many gasped. “She should know better” a lot people said. Erm, shouldn’t Jay-Z and Kanye know better? If you’re going to name your song “N***as In Paris”, then what do you expect? She obviously didn’t mean it in an offensive way, but it’s clearly an offensive word.

I totally understand why people will say she shouldn’t have tweeted that, but what I don’t understand is that why is nobody criticizing the rappers? They’re the ones who are promoting the word like it’s ‘cool’. Let’s deal with the root of the problem. Let’s be mad at the ones who ignorantly promote the word, not just the fans who naively (and ignorantly) imitate them. I LOVE hip hop music – and Jay-Z & Kanye are two of my favourite artists – but I think it’s about time we heard less of the ‘N’ word in rap songs (especially in the songs title).

Here’s British rapper AKALA talking about why he’s decided to stop using the ‘N’ word in his lyrics.

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3 responses

  1. Akala is the truth. But the bottom line is people like him, Mos Def and Common (conscience brothers) ain’t gonna be able to outsell the likes of Young Money, Jay-Z’s etc.

  2. It’s not a case of whether the rappers are conscience or not. Common and Yasin Bey are considered conscience rappers (I guess), but they use the n word all the time. I was at the London gig and about 65% (if more) of the crowd were white. At the end of the day these rappers have fans of all races and they should probably take some responsibility in the language they use. But with that said surely Gwenyth should have known her comments would cause issues

  3. Do rappers feel that if they stop saying the N word their records wont sell? Mac Miller, Eminem, they dont use it in their lyrics and their sales are just fine, so i think all rappers could at least try and not use. I dont think fans will care if they stopped used. That whole “we’ve reclaimed the word” is just BS. In the words of Oprah, lets just lay the word to rest now.

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