After the Kendrick Lamar fan onstage incident
, a black writer Jeremy Helligar wrote an article for Variety titled "Kendrick Lamar’s Onstage Outrage: Why Rap Should Retire The N-Word For Good".
- Says that the widespread spread of black rappers (who use the N-word) wouldn’t be possible without the support of white fans. If they are going to accept royalties from album sales and concert revenue from both black and white fans, they can’t legitimately expect them to consume your music differently.
- Asks if it is really fair to have one set of rules for black fans and another for white fans?
- Says young fans, whether white or black are impressionable and often co-opted the style, mannerisms and speech of their favorite musicians.
- Says that rap and hip-hop music wouldn't lose any of its lyrical might if musicians dropped the N-word altogether and asks what does it add to the song’s message anyway?
- Says that use of n-word makes whites think that "racism isn’t as much of an issue as blacks say it is and maybe the N-word is OK for everyone to use, after all."
Ends the article by saying that "the kings and queens of rap and hip hop must accept some of the blame. It’s not too late to turn things around, but if a change is gonna come, it might have to start with them."source