Kendrick Lamar calls out white fan for rapping racial slur

2018-05-23 14:12
Kendrick Lamar

New York - Kendrick Lamar, the US music star and Pulitzer prize winner, halted a recent gig to call out a white fan for rapping the "n-word" from his own lyrics.

The woman, who gave her name only as Delaney, was one of several fans reportedly called on stage to perform Lamar's 2012 hit M.A.A.D City at the Hangout Festival in Alabama on Sunday.

But Delaney failed to self-censor and repeated several times the "n-word" from the lyrics to the song.

The word, while co-opted by black artists, remains the most derogatory term in the United States to refer to African Americans. Uttering it is a taboo for white people.

"Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait," said 30-year-old Lamar, who comes from the historically deprived Los Angeles community of Compton, cutting her off and stopping the music. The fan was initially baffled.

"Am I not cool enough for you? What's up, bro?" Delaney said.

"You gotta bleep one single word though," Lamar replied.

As realisation dawned, she apologised, saying, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I do it?"

"Yeah you did it," Lamar said. He asked the audience whether she should remain on stage. They yelled back no, but Billboard magazine reported that Lamar allowed her to perform the song once again, anyway, this time without the slur.


The incident provoked a storm of reactions on social media, spotlighting America's continuing struggle with racism and the controversy surrounding the word.

In April, Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer prize for music, with the board citing his skill in telling the African American experience.

He won for the album DAMN., which the board called "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life."

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