If there was a list of words you really shouldn’t say, especially if you’re white, the N-word would be at the top.
See, even what I did there, even written down with just that powerful first initial followed by ‘word’, there is so much weight behind it.
Just a basic knowledge of history, hell, even very modern history alone, should explain to you why you can’t just throw the N-word around all casually.
However. One person didn’t get the memo. For some reason they thought that after saying the N-word things would go on just swimmingly. Wrong.
— Chandler Bradley (@chandlerbradle1) May 21, 2018
While performing a concert at Hangout Fest in Alabama, Kendrick Lamar asked a white fan of his by the name of Delaney to get up on stage to perform a rendition of M.A.A.D City, Complex report.
At the hook of the song, which features the N-word four times in its lyrics, Delaney hesitated the first time round but then the second, third, AND fourth time Delaney belted the N-word out. After the first time the crowd began to get audibly annoyed.
Kendrick stopped the song saying: ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait’. Delaney then jumped in with: ‘Am I not cool enough for you? What’s up, bro’.
Kendrick Lamar brought a white fan on stage to rap "m.A.A.d City"….and then she dropped the n-word ? pic.twitter.com/JeMaI0UsBv
— MASS APPEAL (@MassAppeal) May 21, 2018
Kendrick then added: ‘You gotta bleep one single word, though’. Delaney then claims: ‘Oh, I’m sorry. Did I do it?’ Yes, of course you did it!
The crowd then begin calling for Delaney to get off the stage however Kendrick keeps his cool and gives her one more shot at M.A.A.D City. He did, apparently, do a version of ‘B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ as the next song though…
Before the song resumed Delaney did add that she is ‘used to singing it how you [Kendrick] wrote it’.
Most people on Twitter commended Kendrick for his actions:
Kendrick Lamar just brought up a white girl on stage to sing M.A.A.D. city and she said the N word on the damn stage and he called her out for it and it was the best thing I’ve her seen. C’mon white people we literally have one word not to say it’s not hard
— Hannah Claire (@Hannah_hcb) May 21, 2018
Y’all this white girl got picked to go up with Kendrick to sing m.A.A.d city and she said the n word 3 times so Kendrick stopped the song and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a girl more shook.
— Kelly Jovenitti (@KellyJovenitti) May 21, 2018
Girl went on stage for m.A.A.d city and 1. Dropped the N word…. and then Kendrick gave her another chance and
2. Fucked up the words.
Homegirl got boo'd off stage
— Ryan Nixon (@RyanNixon_41) May 21, 2018
What’s worse than watching the Scott’s Tots episode, you may ask?? Watching Kendrick Lamar pull up a girl on stage to rap M.A.A.D. City & thousands of people watching her scream the 1 word she had to censor. Never in my life have I wanted to evaporate into thin air more
— Helen Trawick (@helentrawick) May 21, 2018
@kendricklamar brought this girl up at Hangout Fest to rap m.a.a.d city and stopped her for saying the n word couldn’t even watch this embarrassment while it was happening in front of me ? pic.twitter.com/xcTMttYTRk
— Holland Paige (@HollandPH96) May 21, 2018
Kendrick invited a white girl up on stage to rap M.A.A.D. City to him & stopped the show when she rapped the n word… just waiting for that mess to go viral ? #HangoutFest2018
— ❁ melissa croft ❁ (@mellzbellz_13) May 21, 2018
However others believe the girl was merely singing the lyrics as Kendrick wrote them:
Called her out for singing the words to the song he called her up to sing… because some words only dark skinned people are allowed to say ???♂️
— George Greenman (@grenace2) May 21, 2018
Well like it’s in the song. And he called her up there so he really can’t get butthurt over it.
— ???????? ???????? (@scarlett_boland) May 21, 2018
its not racist to sing a song just because it has a word in it. Unless you were the one who wrote it and/or meant to do harm by it. People need to stop looking for a fire where there is no smoke
— Ingashala (@Ingashala) May 21, 2018
In other news, recently Kendrick made headlines after it was revealed he was hiring out cinemas so that children who couldn’t afford to watch Black Panther would now be able to.
The 1,000 seats were for children living in the Watts housing project to watch a screening of the groundbreaking superhero film, completely free of charge.
Children living within the Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs, and Imperial Courts Projects were able to attend the screening by contacting their housing development offices.
Lamar was the creative mastermind behind the hotly anticipated – and well received – Black Panther soundtrack.
The film – which has already being hailed as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time – is clearly a project close to Lamar’s heart.
According to Hot New Whip Hip Hop, Lamar has stated:
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director, the magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture.
I’m truly honoured to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.