Ja Rule is speaking out on an issue that has been around probably since the inception of hip-hop. The Queens native recently sat down with Vlad TV to discuss the use of the N-word amongst white rap fans.
Within the 10-minute interview, the “Always On Time” rapper said, “there’s no way around it” in trying to prevent white hip-hop listeners from uttering the derogatory term while reciting the lyrics to particular songs.
“I’m at a concert the other day. Nothing but white kids at the concert. Metro Boomin is deejaying and sh*t, right? What does he throw on? ‘All day, ni**a’…And he’s fading the ‘ni**a’ part,” he said. “And those white kids are singing that ‘ni**a’ word like a mothafu**a. You know what I’m saying? I’m up in the balcony dying laughing because I’m like ‘Yo, what do you expect them to do? What do you think they’re gonna do?’ To them it’s a song. They just singing a song, having fun. So, now what do you do? Not play that song when you have a white audience and you deejaying? I don’t know—I really don’t know how to combat this.”
He later used Justin Bieber as an example after a video of him inserting the N-word in his song “One Less Lonely Girl” surfaced. “He got a pass. He got a pass because we all looked at it like ‘He’s a kid. He doesn’t know no better. He probably doesn’t even know the history of the word.’ But he got a pass,” Rule said. “I don’t know why he got a pass, but he got a fuckin’ pass. It’s hard to determine who can say the word, who cannot say the word…The word has a different meaning now. It’s not the same.”
Watch the entire interview below.