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Every Brother Ain’t a Brotha: Is Drake Guilty of a Hip-Hop Hate Crime?

“Every brother ain’t a brother/ ’cause a color could just as well be undercover” – “Welcome to the Terrordome”, Public Enemy

They had procrastinated for years, but unable to ignore the issue any longer, the Hip-Hop Supreme Court put the hottest rapper in the game, Fake Graham a.k.a. Frizzy, on trial for hate crimes against the Hip-Hop community. The rap justices ran off a list of charges against the artist, including tarnishing the legacy of real Hip-Hop, disrespecting women. and most damaging, excessively using the N-word, when, technically, he wasn’t even Black. While the charges were being read, Frizzy just yawned and nodded in agreement. It took five minutes for the justices to come up with a guilty verdict. But when it came time to decide what the punishment would be, they argued and debated so long, that finally Frizzy told them to call his people when they reached a decision, got in his limo, and sped away…

People have been complaining about the atrocities done in the name of Hip-Hop for decades, and how the rapper of the month has sold out to corporate interests at the expense of the culture. However, when the question becomes, “ So, whatcha gonna do about it?” there is never a definite answer.Perhaps the best example, today, is Hip-Hop’s glamour boy, Drake. The issue here is not the former kid show actor’s lack of “street cred,” nor whether you find his music irritating to the eardrums – but the fact that he drops the N-bomb in so many of his lyrics. Even on his latest track, “Enough Said” with the late Aaliyah , Drake seems to have a certain affinity for the word.

In all fairness, rappers have been saying ‘n*gga’ since the first Hip-Hop park jams, and you would be hard pressed to name one Hip-Hop artist that doesn’t use the derogatory term. But the difference with Drake is – he ain’t Black.

If you look at the Jewish mother rule, if your mama is Jewish, that makes you Jewish. And since Drake’s father is an AfricanAmerican but his mother is a white, Jewish Canadian, that makes him the latter. (I didn’t make the rule, I’m just telling you what it says.) This is also compounded by the fact that you would be hard pressed to see where Drake even identifies with the dark side of his family tree, unless you consider hangin’ out with Lil Wayne and excessive use of the N-word as evidence of his African roots.

Although, one may argue that the one drop rule and the dominance of melanin in his skin may make Drake racially “Black”, that has nothing to do with what that makes him culturally. So, what we are dealing with here is not race but the politics of cultural identity.

Who can and cannot say n*gga has long been debated in Hip-Hop. Latino entertainers like Fat Joe and Jennifer Lopez have gotten by on the “Latino’s are n*ggas, too” argument, and White women like V Nasty and Gwyneth Paltrow, supposedly, have obtained signed ghetto passes from Hip-Hop’s elite, allowing them to use the word. However, it is an unwritten rap rule that, while a Black rapper can use the word at will, a White rapper is subject to a beatdown for even using “nickel” in a sentence without clarifying his statement.

And most white Hip-Hop artists aren’t that stupid. Although, they may hire Black rappers to use the word on their CDs, they will never utter the word themselves.

Case in point is when Dave Mays and Benzino, formerly of The Source Magazine went on a wild, witchhunt to find evidence of Eminem saying something even remotely disrespectful about Black people years back, and came up with nothing really tangible besides a lyric in a long lost unreleased track. But, what if the person has dark skin, but, culturally, is a card carrying member of another ethnic group? Should he be given a pass to use racial slurs without being called on it?Herein lies the Drake dilemma.

There is a certain amount of hypocrisy surrounding Drake’s use of the word. Although he will, undoubtedly, use the Black half of his genetic makeup to justify using the N-word, I doubt very seriously if he would ever use his Jewish half to justify using the “K” or “H” word. Nor would he hide behind the First Amendment and get a swastika tatted on his arm. Nor should he. However, if Drake did use anti-Jewish terms with the same frequency as he uses anti-Black terms, he would not be celebrated in the media as the greatest thing in Hip-Hop since Run DMC, but would be demonized in the press for “spewing venomous hate speech “ and forever condemned as an anti-Semite on some organization’s hate group list. To date, nobody has tagged him an “anti-Hamite” or “anti-Khemite.”

Every ethnic group has the God-given right to defend its culture; that is the only way to secure its survival for future generations. However, it becomes problematic when the blatant disrespect of a culture is roundly applauded on one side but, vehemently, condemned on the other.

Ultimately, it is not Drake’s fault for disrespecting the Black community. Nor does the fault fall at the feet of any individual commercial Hip-Hop artist. The blame lies with every rapper who grabs a mic, every Hip-Hop writer with a laptop, and every Hip-Hop fan who listens to the radio…because we co-sign the madness.

Even the most militant critic who continuously blasts the state of Hip-Hop would become a 13-year-old teenage girl if Drake just looked in his direction.

“OMG…Like…did you see the way that Drake just smiled at me? Awwww!”

At some point, we have to begin to stand on principles.

Let’s be clear. No one should use the N-word, whether it be the hate speech of White people or the self-hate speech of Blacks.
And until we come to a general consensus as to what should be done to those who diss Black culture, we will still be talking about this 100 years from now.

Like Drake asked on the Aaliyah song, “Is this even still a discussion?/ don’t you ever wake up disgusted?”

‘Nuff said.

TRUTH Minista Paul Scott’s weekly column is “This Ain’t Hip Hop,” a column for intelligent Hip Hop headz. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com or on his website, www. NoWarningShotsFired.com. Follow Paul on Twitter (@truthminista).

  • these fools only think about themselves(rappers)

  • if he’s not black then.neither is Obama

    • immackulate

      OBAMA’s not JEWISH … you obviously didnt read the entire article or never heard the saying “if your mother is JEWISH than you are JEWISH” – get out of your feelings for Drake and reread the article – but then again the original JEWS in the Bible were BLACK!

      • Brad Zukerman

        Drake being jewish has nothing to do with how black he is. Sammy Davis Jr and Amar’e are both jewish too. Does that mean they arent black? No, because judaism IS A RELIGION, NOT A RACE. On top of that, the whole matrilineal descent thing is retarded. Any contemporary jew, myself included, will tell you that you can absolutely be jewish or any other religion whether or not your mother is jewish. Only orthodox jews take that old testament shit seriously, and theyre as crazy as radical muslims or jesus-camp biblethumpers.

      • immackulate

        you right him being JEWISH has nothing to do with how black he “isn’t …” the whole article is subjective – is the glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty – there’s really no wrong or right way to look at it

      • $20434212

        …. so wait, you’re saying half black = half full and half Jewish = half empty?

        There is an incorrect way to look at it, which is precisely the way you look at it– through a thin veil of antisemitism.

      • immackulate

        nah i didnt say none of what you said … what i said is this plain and simple … amongst JEWISH community they have a saying IF YOUR MOTHER IS JEWISH than YOU ARE JEWISH – however somebody mentioned sammy davis jr etc … but whoever mentioned him up top need to do more research becuz the JEWISH community dont consider BLACK folks to be real jews and when they come to the synagogue they make them CONVERT as if they were some other religion/belief etc… dont believe me than look up DR BEN YOCHANNON and some of his BLACK JEWISH LECTURES – AND i laffed aloud at your “thin veil of anti-semitism” because it’s highly impossible for a black man like myself who knows the ORIGINAL JEWS WERE BLACK to be anti-semitic im only anti-stupidity

      • jsj23

        Oh ye? Judaism isn’t a race? Try calling a European Jew a White person and see what happens – observe how quickly they will correct you and say “no, I am not White, I am Jewish”. Jews I have met consider Judaism a race/religion/culture all that.

      • immackulate

        thank you

      • brotha_man

        There is a Jewish race (only by law, but not genetically) and religion. Being Jewish is to live as following the life of the Torah.

      • immackulate

        hey BRADLEY explain to me why EUREPEAN or contemp JEWS dont recognize black jews until they RECONVERT to judaism – as if its not possible for a black man to be born from JEWISH decent – man im not playing the race card im only stating facts – prove me wrong and i’ll concede until then do the research

      • jondoe

        u contridicted your whole statement at the end

      • immackulate

        its nto a contradiction because HONESTLY i’ve heard so many lectures in regards to ORIGINAL JEWS BEING BLACK against the POWER EST OF TODAY’S EURO JEWISH PEOPLE who are the synagogue of satan – it’s a SUBJECTIVE topic and for every point i try to validate – i could refute and rebuttal that same statement – there is no right and wrong answer when it comes to the topic of JEWISH there’s only facts that back up more facts etc…

      • Slaughtr

        Thank you for that fact.

    • Sexy_Sabe

      I agree, he isnt he is biracial,mulatto if u like to call it, or the hood term :”mixed” too. I honestly thought it ws dumb when jeezy made tht song about him. Im no scientist but I have yet to see a black boy come out of a white womans vagina, its not physically possible. Ppl are ignorant for suggesting such things. Jim crow laws are no longer relevant an calling them black is disrespectful to their mothers.

  • hoeyuno

    Drakes african american grandparents would have faced the same racism and surrogation yours did. Hasn’t that always been the argument why even afro friendly coucasions should not touch that word with a 10 foot poll.

  • kstaxx

    Drake is black since his mother is technically Caucasian and his father is black, his father carries the seed which in turn makes him black. Its as simple as that.

    • Pierre Elliott

      no its not. its perception.
      DRAKE IS OKD BY THE WHITE ESTABLISHMENT CAUSE THEY KNOW HE ISNT GOING TO SAY ANYTHING TO THESE KIDS THAT WILL MAKE THEM THINK ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN THIER OWN MISERABLE LIVES….
      AND THATS WHAT DRAKE IS…

      • kstaxx

        Ughh No! Dont none of that have anythng to do with him biologically being a black man. You reaching for straws and gettin the short end.

      • Mark Derrick

        What white person told you that. I’m assuming this is an ASSUMPTION on your part?

    • brotha_man

      the klan would agree with you,
      but really its up to drake he could have denounce his black side altogether… especially if he (drake) didnt take pops leaving so well.
      I dont think I have ever heard him talk race before. and yes it matters.

    • Sexy_Sabe

      tht sounds retarded, who gives a damn its the woman who develops the seed, if the mans seed is so important women wouldnt hold the decision of whether or not the baby lives. The seed really is the egg, the sperm aint shit without the egg . THe man an his sperm are simply the fertilizer, when it mixes with the egg, the egg then grows into the baby if the mother chooses to allow it to. You are what ur mother is really or just be honest your a mixture of both. A black man dosent come from a white vagina, period. A mixed/biracial man can though

      • You say the sperm ain’t shit without the egg, but without the sperm what would that egg be?? Just an EGG, never a baby. Maybe you didn’t pay attention in biology, but y’all don’t even determine the baby’s gender, that’s all US. You want a baby girl, you gotta depend on the man for that…a baby boy, gotta depend on the man for that. Hell to even get pregnant to have either one in the 1st damn place, y’all gotta depend on…you guessed it. Not to take away from the role the mother DOES play cuz I know that’s a hell of a job, but y’all really need to quit tryin to downplay our role like it just ain’t shit…cuz if it wasn’t shit there’d be no NEED for man and woman to even come together (no pun intended) to reproduce, y’all would be hermaphrodites or some shit doin it completely on your own.

  • Pierre Elliott

    DRAKE IS NOT HIP HOP. HE IS HIP POP. GET IT RIGHT. DRAKE ISNT ANY DISCUSSION OF ANYTHING RELEVANT. DRAKE IS A JOKE.

    THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO HIM ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    INSECURE GIRLS WHO TAKE MALE ABUSE.

    AND THE GUYS WHO NEVER GOT LAID IN HS.

    YOU WOULD THINK HE WOULD HAVE RELEVANT SUBJECT MATTER, BUT HE DOESNT….]

    HE DOESNT HAVE A LIFE INVESTED IN AMERICA ESPECIALLY AMERICAN BLACKS.
    BECAUSE HOW AFRICAN AMERICAN AND Canadian BLACKS LIVE, IS DIFFERENT LIFE….

    DRAKES GOT IDENTITY ISSUES…

    AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON JEWS……

    IF IT WASNT FOR MOTHER AFRICA, JEWS WOULD HAVE NEVER EXISTED PAST A.D.******** AND THATS A FACT.

  • hoeyuno

    I’m from canada and have never got why drake is so popular. In the 90′ s raw hip hop acts like the rascalz and ghetto concept were dope but could not break down the boarder.

  • Brad Zukerman

    I just want to clarify something. The fact that his mother is jewish has NOTHING to do with whether or not he is Black, and it is absurd to say other wise.

    First of all, you can be both black and jewish. Although race and ethnicity are moderately intertwined, they are definitely not exclusively linked in any serious way. You gonna tell me Sammy Davis Jr, Amar’e Stoudemire, or Lenny Kravitz arent black? Cause they look black to me.

    Second, and more importantly, the excessive adherence to the “matrilineal descent of jewishness” is bizarre. Noone in the contemporary jewish community would tell you that means anything. Orthodox jews might; but if you take the Old testiment literally I’m not going to take you seriously.

    To be black you merely need to look it. That was all the justification that hundreds of years of racists used, so why should we deviate. If having a drop of “black blood” in you would have qualified you to be a slave in this country, then you have every right to embrace that ethnicity, and stand strong behind it. Similarly, Judaism as a heritage and a community understands that any drop of “jewish blood” would have qualified you for the thousands of years of persecution that jews have endured. And so, Drake is both jewish and black.

    • jsj23

      You sound like a Jew. Look, Drake’s mom is a Jew, so he is a Jew. Drake’s mom raised him as a Jew in the synagogue and excluded him from the Black community. Drake’s only connection to the Black community were the cds he had in his bedroom and the luxurous satallite dish his mom provided him with to see Blacks from a distance on tv. CULTURALLY Drake is a Jew. He looks like a deer stuck in head lights when confronted with Black culture

      • Sexy_Sabe

        thank u! someone with some sense on this post.

    • Pierre Elliott

      HELL NO. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT, SOME JEWS THINK THEY ARE SUPERIOR
      (the orthodox) AND THEY FEEL THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE SAVAGES……

      BUT TO EVER SAY DRAKE IS ONE OF US, IS STUPID.

      • Brad Zukerman

        whose “us”? jews or blacks?

    • Sexy_Sabe

      thts the most ignorant comment i have ever heard.. “To be black you merely need to look it. That was all the justification that hundreds of years of racists used, so why should we deviate” umm lets see because it was ridculously stupid law/rule in the first place used to seperate us. Blood cant an never could be measured in droplets,an there are mexicans an indians who look blacker than me an im black, does that mean they are too?? No having dark skin dosent make you black. In this country black means of african american desent so all yall an these technicalities sound silly. They dont have a right to embrace shit if they arent black, making money,gettin credibility an privledges off our culture/ethnicity thts why black ppl dont have anything as is becuase we give it all away. ex.jazz,rock an hiphop, anything we ever have some dumb ass black guy gives to a white man tryna be friends with the one who hates him, or monetarily to a white broad trying to buy a trophy.. I love white an black ppl, an I have both in my family because some of my black male relatives married white chicks an so imo I have mixed an white cousins an i love em the same but i know wht they are.

  • Kj

    Uhh, don’t agree bruh. What does Drake have to do with the N word debate? He is black. Period. Doesn’t make a difference if it’s his daddy or mom whose black. Like you said “I didn’t make the rule, I’m just telling you what it says.”. Historically when whites discard a person because they have black blood in them, we take them in. Why? Because they are our people, this applies to Drake also. So why include him in this argument? And I’m no Drake fan.

    If your white, you don’t get to use the word period. Period. Look at the word as toxic or radioactive, stay away at all cost. Doesn’t make a difference who you are or who cosigned your use of the word. Stay away. This goes for all other races except hispanic.

    I grew up with a decent sized Puerto Rican population and we looked at them no different than the next black. The police treated them the same and so did society. So yes Fat Joe gets a pass and he should. This is a general rule though, so if you say it with malice, then that’s your ass.

    ” I didn’t make the rule, I’m just telling you what it says.”

    • Sexy_Sabe

      so js because in ur hood or in the hood latinos get treated bad they should get a pass? Hell naw they arent black an they shouldnt be using it, white cops do treat them bad too probably becuase they are also poor. They are poor white ppl who get their ass whooped by cops should they get a pass too?? an They call them spicks, so if they wana use a negative word as a term of endearment they should use that one. Thts bullshit they want to feel cool an like they are in the same category as blacks because we are held as the trendsetters, thts why Fat joe wants so badly a pass to say it. He isnt black an when the wht man tossed a mixed person to the side we accepted them because thts wht blks do an thts why white kids have stolen are damn culture now, cuz we are too accepting. Yet they dont accept us, an we wont accept our own(real blk ppl) Blk ppl have always accepted bircacial ppl with open arms because most think they are better than us cuz they are closer to white, lets b real. Which is why today a black man will knock over a beautiful black chick to get next to a average or ugly mixed one, i witness it all the time. Its self hatred, he mixed so we need to call him that. Jim crow laws were dumb anyway, let it go.

  • alexander iverson

    it’s sad that you idiots on allhiphop have nothing better to write about besides drake “technically” not being black even though his father is 100% black . . . . . oh but wait, his moms a jew, so lets run with that? wtf.

    • brotha_man

      we all know that already… the question is what does he represent. i.e tiger woods he black ass hell but he chooses not to identify with us Negros- like he’s ashamed or sumin

      • redfingerpaint

        I’ve heard from biracial people that they are either too white to hang with the black kids or too black to hang with the white kids. Maybe growing up, he wasn’t accepted in the black community…

  • JimJames29

    SHUT THE F UP. FOR REAL. The guy is black. He doesn’t need a pass, his pass is his skin color. Yall N!GGAS KILL me with this.

    • brotha_man

      thats what you say but around mama he prolly calls us all type of ish….collecting rap money. he black but its just as easy for him to get around mama and denounce his black side. hell he prolly got the wash rag now trying to rub the black off.

    • Sexy_Sabe

      He isnt black, his mother is white so him being black isnt biologically possible so you sound ignorant. He is biracial or mixed as most ppl say an thts wht he should consider himself or js white. He dosent even look black, he looks like a jewish guy with a slight tan(he pale as shit) an a s curl

      • Mark Derrick

        So you said he isn’t black because his mother is white, which by your accounts makes it impossible. Hmmm, okay then you say HE SHOULD consider himself biracial or WHITE, but he has a black father so that would exclude him from being white.. correct? Fact is when you are of mixed black and white ethnicity you are most likely going to be considered black. He spent time in Memphis growing up with his fathers side. If you listen to his music he’s mentioned it on more than one song in fact.

  • Sosa_Limone

    I can tell by most of these comments that the article went way over your heads

    • Slaughtr

      The article didn’t go over nobody’s head it was truth and fact being spoke, that’s what this forum is for speaking on issues in the hip flop community accept it or don’t truth is truth but your truth isn’t mine.

  • Darkfather504

    DJ
    Khaled is the one the kills me and it surprises me everyone that he is associated
    with hasn’t told him to chill with it. I like his music but when he yells
    nigaaaaaa! It irks my nerves, so I don’t listen. Drake is HipPop not HipHop!!

  • immackulate

    yeah his daddy BLACK but he still grew up white with white influences from his mother and grandmother – and i can almost promise you that once he started embracing the rap culture is when he started identifying MOST with his black side

    he about as black as kanye is gangster lol

    • Sexy_Sabe

      thank u, i saw him on mtv in 05 doin a cribs-like special talkin like ur truest white boy drivin a acura. An when they asked him why he didnt buy a luxury car after his degrassi success, he said because im a regular kid an I dont fancy cars like that. He walked talked an dressed totally different, 3-4yrs later he some wana be hood playboy.. Not.. he is a white boy who grew up around white ppl an his jewish(white) family.. You can tell he didnt have any black influence until he got around trey songz,wayne an them. He needs to stop frontin an using the N word like tht

    • Awakenow

      The notion that you can grow up “white” or “black” is deeply embedded into your psyche & is not entirely your fault… The way you evaluate “reality” is called a paradigm… Here’s an analogy for you… So,done puts on a pair of red sunglasses and glues them to your face at birth… Now you think seeing everything in red is normal… Well, just as Malcolm X discovered in Mecca, it’s NOT normal.. It’s the way the US/Western world has conditioned your brain… Drake where’s a “Chai” around his neck… This makes him a deeply spiritual person… Google that and remember, challenge your thoughts and you’ll elevate your consciousness… Bless Up..UNO

  • Bottom line drake is black because of his skin color…because that is what you see when you look at him……a Mexican on the other hand….is clearly not black and should dealt with on site for the use of the N word….now that’s a topic….write about that shit.

    • Pierre Elliott

      NO NO AND NO…………..BLACK CAN LOOK BLACK, BUT BEING BLACK IS NOT A WAY OF LIFE, ITS WHAT I WAS BORN INTO……

      UNDERSTAND, MANNERISMS AND ALL OF THAT B BOY POSING IS A BLACK THING AND FOREVER WILL BE.

    • Go to the Bronx and try tellin one of them dark ass Dominicans they’re Black, see how they respond to that. Or go down to Miami and tell one of them Cubans that. I’ve met Blacks with pale ass skin and hair like White folks, but their skin color don’t matter then cuz they’ll still never be considered White.

  • jsj23

    It’s funny, but I said something similar about Drake and the N-word in another post somewhere. Rest assured that I will continue to warn my people about imposters and infiltrators like Drake…I just hope Cash Money/YMCMB is doing their job in milking this cash cow.

    • Don’t worry, they will…Cash Money’s nothin more than the southern Bad Boy.

  • Pierre Elliott

    DRAKE IS THE TYPE OF MIXED KID WE AS BLACK KIDS GREW UP WITH..SOME WERE DOWN AND RESPECTED THIER BLACKNESS..

    BUT THEN THERE ARE OTHERS WHO SWITCH SIDES AS SOON AS ITS PERCEIVED POSITIVELY IN ( everyday society) AMERICAN ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE.( lets not even talk about cops)

    JUST LIKE EVERYONE NOT BLACK SAID: ITS GHETTO TO HAVE RIMS ON YOUR SUV
    BUT FOR THE LAST 9 YEARS, THATS HOW EVERYONE; INCLUDING LITTLE WANNA BE WHITE GIRLS BE ROCKING. STRAIGHT GHETTO, BUT ITS OK CAUSE THEY ARE LIL WHITE GIRLS AND THEY AINT GONNA HURT NOTHING.

    DRAKE IS NO GOOD FOR BLACK MUSIC, PERIOD. HE IS SELLOUT WHITEWASH
    NEGATIVE, DRAMA HIP POP.

    LIKE I SAID:

    DRAKE IS THERE BECAUSE THEY KNOW HE WONT SAY ANYTHING OF REAL VALUE….

    • Pierre Elliott

      AND WHEN HAS DRAKE **EVER**SAID ANYTHING THAT SPOKE ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE??!! HE DOESNT CAUSE HE IS A JEWISH KID FROM TORONTO
      *****************************AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE***************************************

      DONT EVER FORGET THAT. HE DONT KNOW US, AND HE CERTAINLY DONT KNOW OUR STRUGGLE……

      • Sexy_Sabe

        Amen!! He is in my opinion a canadian jewish dude an nothing is wrong with tht, he js needs to stay in his lane..

      • Pierre Elliott

        YEP, YO THATS THE NEW SAYING:

        STAY IN YOUR LANE.

      • That’s the problem with the game these days though, no one knows what lane they belong in so they just hop in any ol lane and fake it til they make it.

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  • brotha_man

    This is some self hatred type ish we should be upset at any one who says the N Word white, black, Jewish,.etc.
    here’s a great idea – lets stop saying it altogether.
    we are brotha’s and sista’s. Kings and Queens of the earth. N-word is another word that keeps us mentally slaved to oppression no matter who says it.

  • Pan-African

    I think it is fair to say that Mr Paul Scott is NOT a Drake fan, Whilst
    he raises good questions about exploitation of (and denigration of)
    Black Culture (emphasis on hip hop), using Drake as the protagonist to
    make his case is a bit unfair. The Truth is, Drake is mixed, he has a
    black father and a white (jewish) mother (we can argue over semantics in
    regards to what it means to be a jew) but in a western patrilineal
    society, Drake is considered a Black man, and it shouldn’t even be up
    for a debate, unless Drake himself declares otherwise.( Like in Tiger
    Woods case). This reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, when they
    were losing to Obama during the primaries, they made a desperate
    statement saying Obama is not black enough..I wonder why? coz his mother
    was white? or coz his father was a black african man from Kenya? Now
    what I’d like to ask the Truthminista is this, what do you mean by being
    a Brother or ‘Brotha’? Are you referring to Black folks in America?
    Black folks in Canda? or Black folks worldwide? Black folks in Hip hop
    or Black folks that have both black parents?

    I am not a Drake fan by any means but I think you’d have a stronger case
    if you had Gwyneth Paltrow as your prime example, rather than slating
    Drake based solely on your biased opinion on him. The poor guy did what
    other rappers today do and many before him, that is: Spewing loads of
    codswallop on radio stations and on music stores, and he has a strong
    following, is that a hate crime in hip hop?

    • $20434212

      Thank you. You should write for AHH. It needs more bright writers, clearly.

      • brotha_man

        I think its funny that there is even a debate on who can use the N Word the bigger debate should be “killing” the word altogether. But then again i didnt grow up in the days of Jim Crow, although it left on hellva side effect (self hatred)

  • Pierre Elliott

    I THINK WHAT IS HAPPENING IS: PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THIS GUY.
    PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR SOMETHING DIFFERENT NOW…

    THE WORLD COULD BE OVER IN ANY MINUTE, AND THE BEST MUSIC AROUND IS THIS GUY??!!!

    PEOPLE WANT MUSIC TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING.
    AND REGUARDLESS OF WHAT YOU SAY:

    MUSIC IS MEANT TO BE ART, NOT A MANUFACTURED PRODUCT.
    I HEAR YOU, I KNDA LIKED SOME OF DRAKES EARLY STUFF, BUT LIKE MOST
    HIP POP, ITS ALWAYS THE SAME SH*T OVER AND OVER….

    HOW BOUT GIVING SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE?

    Georgia Anne Muldrow—Thats all I gotta say.
    SAMIYAM– Look these people up on Itunes and see what I am saying.

    Look up this shorty, and if you REAL about REAL music, not hip pop.
    Then you are ready for the REAL MUSIC THEY have been hiding from you….

    SOMETHING THAT ISNT RADIO FRIENDLY.
    SOMETHING THAT IS TRUE?

    SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE REAL MUSIC.

    NOT SOME CANADIAN TALKING SHIT ABOUT SOME CHICK HE COULD NEVER BAG WITHOUT A RECORD DEAL……

    THATS OVER AND DONE.
    THOSE ARE 1990S RAP LYRICS……

    • Truth. Everybody tryna use the Jay Z blueprint.

  • redfingerpaint

    Drake can’t identify with Black culture?
    “And my father living in Memphis now, he can’t come this way / Over some minor charges and child support that just wasn’t paid / (Damn) Boo-hoo, sad story, Black American dad story” –from Drake’s Look What You’ve Done These lines speak for themselves.

    Every biracial person that went to school with me (in majority white and majority black neighborhoods) always checked the “Black/African-Ameican” box. I don’t know about now, but back then you couldn’t check more than one box. Lisa Bonet & Shyne both have Jewish mothers and Black fathers and I’d call both of them Black. Why is Drake any different?

    If the n word is “anti-Black” then NO ONE should be using it.

    And if you want to talk about who has “rights” to use the n word, let’s talk about DJ Khaled or Kreayshawn!!!

  • BulldogCG

    more propogation of black on black hate. Its hard for all minority males in america, seperating them is silly, the “man” hates them all and the laws are set in opposition to our way of life, he is mixed not white, not black , but still a minority and still a target as evidenced by this article. People of color need unification, not idiots like this trying to decide what is black and what isnt like he is some authority, please, this is how one man feel, some agree, some dont, but god he is not. It was always the white man who decided what was too black or or too light or 1/4th a man or 1/2 a man, but i stopped listening to white ideas on black culture long ago, why does an african american like this man, who claims ot be so pro-black) subscribe to white man philosophy? and continues to try and put his brothers in some sub-group when multiracial children experience the same hate in america. If there where any basis for him not to speak this way its being canadian and making money off of american history and race relations that have never affected him, but not his color, or the fact he is half white. That doesnt mean he is white, or black, but he is a target in America because he has minority blood in his veins, and you can tell by his appearance. People of color UNITE, its the only way.

  • Q.

    I usually roll with the Truth Minista, but this was one goofy-azz article…
    Of all the things not to like about Aubrey, this is the best you could come up with?
    Really? LOL

  • Q.

    “Biology vs. cultural identity.” Genetics isn’t a question here. Melanin always has been and always will be the dominant stock in the human family tree. Damn what Rabbi Jirkmeov said about a rulebook; Lenny Kravitz had a white Jewish father, Lisa Bonet had a white Jewish mother. Neither is no less Black than the other. Together, they had a daughter named Zoe. Guess what she is? BLACK. Case closed.

    Now, if you want to talk about race treachery…we can pick out any given 4 out of 5 trending rappers (in addition to Drake) and hold them accountable for degrading Black race/culture, skintone notwithstanding. But are we ready to go THERE?

  • Ahmad X Morton

    The Jewish Owners of Record labels have waxed rich by exploiting Black entertainers (or creating avenues to help them exploit themselves) Michael Jackson was not even allowed to say the word Kike but they put up no protest when we say nigga nigga bitch bitch, At the end of the day we have to learn to respect ourselves but this in no way exonerates this highly enlightened group of people who know exactly what they are doing…

  • Bro. Adika

    The point is this, DRAKE WILL NEVER EVER USE A DEROGATORY SLUR TOWARDS JEWS. But somehow he is able to get a pass for disrespecting Afrikan People. Most of the time, its silly negroes who make excuses to why people should use the n-word. Like TruthMinista says, “THIS AINT HIPHOP!”. This is “slaveship-hop”. I know alot of the post on here are coming from young people (I hope so anyway), but being young is not an excuse for being ignorant. Put them ipods down and pick up a book or two. Here’s a couple: Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews I and II, and The Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams. Read these books first then post your comments in order to have an intelligent conversation. Actually here is another: Certified Directory of Uncle Toms (don’t be surprised if alot of YOUR names are mentioned in this book). Like Dr. John Henry Clark said, “Don’t get mad, get smart”. Take the advice. Bless!

    • Pierre Elliott

      PREACH THE TRUTH BROTHER!!!!!

    • Pan-African

      “The point is this, DRAKE WILL NEVER EVER USE A DEROGATORY SLUR TOWARDS JEWS.”-Probably coz jews don’t use derogatory terms when addressing each other (or think its cool to do so)..to them its not acceptable period!. Black Hip hop artists (who we idolize and have influenced our children) real and fake all made the term “nigga” cool (they popularized and commercialized the term). So if we want to clean up the house so to speak, how about we start with someone like Fat Joe who is not black, Dj Khaled who is an arab (obviously not black) why Drake? coz he has a white mother? Actually lets start with ourselves as black people (community). But pointing fingers at Drake regardless of how terrible his music is, is not fair.

      I Appreciate you recommending Dr Clark as a reference, he was a wonderful black scholar, but he was a man that looked at the world from an oppressed westernized black man perspective. (nothing wrong with that) I just had a quibble with some of his approach on how to Free Africa, he lacked the understanding of the African (the black man that lives in Africa) how about you start from Cheikh Anta Diop (Dr Clark was his student when he (clark) was living in Senegal if my memory serves me right) But I think he (Dr Clark was spot on, when it came to African American issues)..

      And please be careful,watch your spelling..when you say Afrikan people, (someone may think you are referring to the White people who were born and live in Africa, thats how they are referred to as)

      • Bro. Adika

        Awww! My “Pan-African” soldier, you are so correct! I’ll tell you what, since you are the one who brought up the idea of gong after Joe and Khaled(especially him) then why don’t you take the first shot at them and I and others wil support it as best as we can. Seriously. Its not just about Drake. Why not bring it to everyone in “slaveship”hop? The ball is in your court. What you gonna DO? Also, the “white people”/colonizers/INVADERS in Afrika are called afrikaans. Only an idiot would believe I was refering to white folks in Afrika.
        p.s. Glad you know about Dr. Diop and Clark. But I think you should recheck your info.

      • Awakenow

        Take the first shot at your “self”… Then you will be supporting your “self”… And youll be supporting everyone on this forum.. Until you challenge your own mind, your thoughts will be a regurgitation of the conditioned mind… Slaveships are now mental… The middle passage is ignorance and conditioning… Time to reawaken our minds and raise our conscious level… Bless Up… 1

    • Awakenow

      Before reading “secret relationships between blacks and Jews” you might as well drink a bottle of poison… No disrespect but fam 1st off “Blacks” and “Jews” are not separate categories..(please refer to my comment above)… See it’ ll actually be better keep them iPods on then put poison in your brain… This material tries to come off “intelligent” & factual but it is clearly born of a darkened heart seeking to find false information to subliminally express reinforce the wall of separation created by your forefather Satan aka ignorance… Study the Igbo Jews and don’t think that every book you read is truthful or makes you knowledgable … Shoot, even souljah boy is better then this nonsense LOL… Anyways when you put your iPod down just pickup the “right” books next time.., Then and only then can we have an “intelligent” conversation,,, readup & Jah Bless!

  • Mark Derrick

    This whole debate can be broken down real easy. For whatever reason you don’t like Drake so any attempt to discredit him you guys will do. Keep it 100, you know the fact that he is Jewish has nothing to do with it. You know you hate that he is successful because he isn’t a “real rapper” he’s “hip pop” and it makes you sick to your stomach that people actually like him…

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  • Carl Weston

    This article is about some bullshit!, Minista Paul Scott is about some bullshit!, Drake considers himself half black, HE IS HALF BLACK..Does he use the “N Word” too much?..Hell yes!..so does many other rappers. Hip Hop has indoctrinated that word into the main stream, i don’t like it but you Minista Paul Scott gotta deal with it! STEP TO ALL RAPPERs using this word!

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  • Carl Weston

    still a bullshit article!

    • Carl Weston

      by a bullshit TRUTH Minista Paul Scott

  • Bro. Adika

    For all those who keep mentioning Khaled, and Joe. What are you waiting for? Step to them. Nobody is in your way. Who’s stopping you? Write an article or a letter. Start a petition,do a protest. (crickets)

  • The Brain

    NIGGA Shut yo dumbass up! I’m not even a fan. But I can tell you that Drake is black enough it. None of his NIGGA friends have a problem with it! If hispanics can use it then why can’t a NIGGA with a black daddy use it?? And as for the “What if he made Anti-Jewish” arguement… Smh that is the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard! Even JEWS don’t use Anti-Semetic slurs as a term of endearment the way blacks use NIGGA! So that example is beyond idiotic! This questioning who can or who cant use it is moronic. It’s just dem blonde hair blue eyed pasty-skinned crackas that shouldnt be saying it! WTF You gonna do? Beat him up for saying it? Smh @ you bloggers…

  • If being black is the criteria for being allowed to drop the N-bomb, then Drake is okay. So he’s half black? So is Fabolous, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santans, J. Cole, Lloyd Banks, Carmelo Anthony and countless other rappers, ball players, etc… and they all use it. So really the debate is: Its okay to say n**** as long as you’re at least half black and your other half is anything but white? People keep saying he was raised white, how? His mom obviously fucks black guys, he was in a single parent home with a struggling mom just like a lot of black youth. Oooh, wait, its cause she’s Jewish, so now religion comes into play? That shouldn’t even be an issue. Then I hear people saying “How come he doesn’t use derogatory Jew terms when talking to Jewish people?”. You wanna know why, because its not okay in the Jewish community. Jews dont walk around calling each other names the way the black community does so he’s being respectful to that culture. Well maybe he can’t say n**** because he grew up in Toronto… So does that go for every black kid in Toronto with 2 black parents? No, so leave this dude alone. I’m black and puerto rican, my mom is rican and I say n**** in regular conversation all the time and all my friends know I’m half rican and I’ve never got any flack for it. This article was obviously written out of pure dislike for Drake and his music. If you don’t like his music, don’t listen. You can’t write rules for the usage of something that technically shouldn’t be used by anyone. But our culture uses it, he’s part of our culture, at least half black, and should not be looked at any different than any other rapper for his usage.

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  • SDK

    from dust to dust
    all of us

  • Guest

    saying drake is not black is like siying Bon Marley is not black …
    I BAN truth mista stupid from the internet !

  • iLL

    so… if this logic is true Bob Marley is not black … right ..

    stfu…
    I Ban truth MINIsta from the Internet ..

  • Tony

    I am so weary of all these black people ganging up on Drake simply because he’s mixed- being half-Jewish doesn’t make him any less black. ALL of us who are Black in the US are mixed in some way with white or Native American. The same black people who complain about being despised by Africans for not being purely black turn around and attack mixed people like Drake (and my family) for not being black enough. It’s ridiculous.

  • Awakenow

    2 many haterz not enough time…. Lol… First off Jewish is a religion not a race dun dun.. This means Drake’s religion can be Jewish while his ethnicity can be black/mixed etc… There are “black” Jews amongst the Igbo Nigerians & Ethiopians etc Sorry but combating ignorance takes great patience.. But being that half of you may not know your true lineage I can’t blame you or your parents… Drake is a unifier and he is quite talented… The rhetoric here is the sad reality of what Americans have inherited from their ignorant ancestors… Unfortunately you have yet to inherit knowledge of self… Well, here’s some homework boys and girls… Lookup Igbo Jews, beta yisrael and falasha.. And shoot you can lookup the dead sea scrolls and Yoruba Kabiyesi while you’re at it… Good like finding yourselves. Easy on Drake now… Lol..:)

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  • Destiny Tilly

    lol jewish is a race?wow i have woken up on planet retard,get a real job dude

    • Jani

      People can be ethnically, culturally, and/or religiously Jewish. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Sincerely, a white person adopted by Atheist Ashkenazi Jews.