That ni**a Nas says Gwyneth Paltrow gets pass because “that’s the homie” and “she’s a real ni**a!”
Nas Gives Gwyneth Paltrow A Pass For Using The N-Word
No longer centered around ni**-a or ni**-er, the N-word controversy opened up anew on Twitter. When singer-actress and Jay-Z pal, Gwyneth Paltrow, sent out her now infamous “N****s In Paris for real” tweet last week, she set Twitter timelines ablaze and divided the hip-hop community. Now Nas has bypassed the Twitter machine to give a full-throated co-sign of Paltrow’s right to use the word.
“I would slap the s*** out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow,” Nas told CBS Local exclusively. “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this s*** is. We don’t interrupt Italians when they say ‘Wop’ to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don’t interrupt us. We pick and choose.”
Nas acknowledged that other black people might feel differently, but still stood by his statement. “Some might not feel the same way,” he said. “Some of us will get angrier about it than others; but some people get a pass. The people that I know who are cool and real n****s, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n****, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”
Nas, whose new album Life Is Good is due out July 17, is no stranger to the N-word controversy. The rapper known for his political statements attempted to introduce 2006′s Hip-Hip Is Dead and 2008′s Untitled with titles like Ni**a and Ni**er respectively. When his label resisted, he relented but continued to use the N**** messaging.
Hit the flipside to see what “Ni**as In Paris” producer Hit-Boy had to about that ni**a Gwyneth…
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Kanye West’s protege, and “Ni**as In Paris” producer, Hit-Boy, had this to say in regards to his controversial hit record in an interview with Vulture.
Gwyneth Paltrow has come under fire for tweeting “Ni**as in Paris,” using the N-word, from a Watch the Throne show in Paris. But The-Dream said he tweeted it from her phone unbeknownst to her. Since you were there with them, did you see what happened?
I was right there with The-Dream and Beyoncé and Gwyneth and all those people, and we were just having a good time. I didn’t see that [the tweet], but they were partying together. They were sitting directly next to each other, so you never know. I just know we were all in the moment and Champagne was flowing. That moment was just incredible.
Katy Perry performed an innocuous rendition of “N***as in Paris”, sans the N-word, earlier this year. Honestly, it can get awkward in mixed audiences when that word comes on in the song. Did you ever consider how the title and lyrics would be received or mimicked by non-black fans?
It’s funny you say that. A moment popped in my head during the concert when Kanye is performing “All of the Lights” and he says, “This is your one chance to get away saying ‘MJ gone/Our n***a dead.'” I feel like it’s that same moment. It’s so powerful that you can’t really — the song is called what it’s called — long as it’s not in a disrespectful way, honestly, I don’t really mind it.
Not everyone knows the difference between using the N-word respectfully and not using it respectfully, though. Do rappers have a responsibility to show fans the difference?
I guess it’s the same as if you listen to an old Eminem album and he’s talking about killing people and stuff like that. It’s just a fine line. I don’t know who’s really responsible, but they [the rappers] just meant [for people to] enjoy that moment. We named the song this and we knew people would call it that, so it is what it is.
Do you have any white friends that get a pass? Have you advised them that every Black person they encounter isn’t necessarily going to feel the same way?