See, What You Not Gon’ Do: Kendrick Lamar Stops White Female Fan From Singing N-Word
Yes, white audacity strikes again! One fan got too comfortable with rapper Kendrick Lamar, and as expected, the 30-year-old shut her all the way down…and so did the crowd.
The Pulitzer Prize winner was headlining Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival on Sunday, and during a break between songs, he brought up a white female fan to help him sing lyrics to “m.A.A.d city” off his good kid, m.A.A.d city album.
Now if you know anything about that song, then you’re fully aware that n-bombs are dropped throughout the chorus. And I would assume that the white lady, who identified herself as Delaney, would censor herself. But nope. She unabashedly sung all the words to the chorus. Not only did the crowd boo her, but Lamar himself cut her off to school her on n-word etiquette for Caucasians, but she had more white audacity to unleash.
“Am I not cool enough for you? What’s up, bro?” she asked.
“You gotta bleep one single word, though,” he said after cutting the music.
“Oh, I’m sorry. Did I do it?” she asked. (Did she black out?)
“You did it,” he replied.
“I’m so sorry. Oh my God,” she said. “I’m used to singing it the way you wrote it.”
Lamar then asked the crowd, which was full of white people, if she should stay on stage. And to my surprise, they wanted her to get off quick, fast and in a hurry. Apparently, those whites knew the rules.
But Lamar gave her a second chance, and as you can see from the video, she wasn’t as excited to perform when she couldn’t say “n-gga.” So, Lamar kicked her off stage.
Some people may be confused as to why Delaney wouldn’t be allowed to rap the n-word in front of Lamar and the crowd. I mean, she admitted to rapping it at home, so why not in front of everybody?
In a nutshell, white people are just now getting the memo that they don’t own everything. Historically, black culture becomes pop culture. So, white people (and the rest of the world) think they own our creative artifacts just because they’re mainstream. The n-word is an example of that, but Lamar demonstrated that nah Delaney, this is not yours, this sh-t is for us.
So, as people of African descent, we get to make the rules about when someone says the n-word. Yes, Delaney, your mouth will be policed in public! Get used to it. We are quite brilliant for being able to transform that word into multiple purposes among ourselves. It can be used to cuss someone out. Or show love. Or be a regular synonym for “dude” in a rap song. But keep in mind, this is our word.
So Delaney, what you not gon’ do is use that word in front of black people and not expect us to get you all the way right. Keep in mind that your white counterparts will help you along the way, too.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford