Chuck D Responds To Suge Knight's African-American/N***a Comments

(AllHipHop News) Suge Knight sparked controversy recently when the former head of Death Row Records said he rather be called “n***a” than “African-American.” Public Enemy’s Chuck D was asked about those comments by TMZ and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer expressed his feeling that “the N-word” is disrespectful to the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black struggle in whatever capacity it is used.

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“Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water,” said Chuck. “Being a ni***r or [ni**a] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim.”

Chuck did agree with Suge that “African-American” may not be the best word to describe black people in this country since a white African in America is by definition an “African-American.” He also takes aim at Hip Hop’s overuse of n***a, saying it is uncreative and lazy when rappers use the N-word more than three times in song without context.

  • forreal that word is played wack and mc who cant rap use it alot

    • Jonathan Bacher

      yeah thats basically what Chuck D said

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    Th struggle continues. Willie Lynch is still winning.

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  • scullyson

    Suge is ignant aka ignorant.

  • i’mreloaded!

    Chuck is right. I don’t know any rapper who used the word nigga on a CD more than Plies lil Kirk Franklin lookin azz. He’s actually the dude who turned me off to listening to rap for a minute.

    • Charter

      Plies is the f**kin worst!!!

  • Freebe Jackson

    Trinandad James is prime example of what Chuck said…

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      dont judge a book by its cover

      • Freebe Jackson

        Please explain how I am judging a book by it’s cover? I don’t find trinidad’s music creative or skilled…and he over uses nigga nigga nigga ….I didn’t judge him at all i’m saying he, in my opinion, is an example of what Chuck said.

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  • john jakecob

    thats an o.g. passing game to another.

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  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    sadily in this world … opinions are like a$$holes …. yall know the rest … lol

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  • ParkerinCali

    I am torn on this one since i’ve met plenty of Africans who have a serious aversion to black americans…I absolutely hate the word African American it just has nothing to do with me or my roots tho I also believe that the access to the N word should not be be used by anyone who is remotely white…….tho it is negatively used by young people of color I do believe that them taking it back and using it as merely a term of endearment for a loved one or relative simply means that young peeps are tired of its historical connotation and have quickly found ways to use it to fit their own identities.

  • Elayorx El

    See, this is what I mean. How in Sam Hill is PE part of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, when they never did Rock n’ Roll music!?!?!?!? I know this is off topic, but where is the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame? Where are the petitions from those that claim they love our culture so much, for any of this? I mean, where is, at the very least, the dialogue? Hip-Hop has earned it’s place in history, the world over, at this point, to be able to have such a thing established, but it goes back to the Beastie Boy post. THIS, is what REAL Hip-Hop is all about! Speaking the truth, which is what most who claim they love this soooo much, never do! The term “Nigga”, and “African-American”, were given to us by someone, or something else, and I agree with both Suge, and Chuck, to a degree, but, they are just words at the end of the day, and it depends on the frequency(context) behind their use. You cannot cancel out a word entirely, that has had such a profound impression on the collective consciousness. There needs to be a paradigm shift of some sort, to even begin to viably entertain this idea, and Hip-Hop was working on this, but then something strange happened………….

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      Rock and Roll was started by black people anyway! its all relative, lol

      • Elayorx El

        And this fact, is officially stated, and perceived where, without the aid of an all-out construction crew to dig this up? I’m really starting to think the term, “it’s all relative”, is just another flash term, used for effect, but really meaning very little. Perception is everything, apparently. Respect.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        Fam, it was a joke because everyone says it was started by us hence the term its all relative meaning… you said how is PE is Rock n Roll hall of fame when they never did rock n roll…. rock n roll started by black people/its all relative…. dont read so much into everything, this is AHH

      • Elayorx El

        Exactly! It’s All HIP-HOP, and not just music fam. Apologies also if I did not get the joke. Respect.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        No problem homie. have a good holidays with you and yours.

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  • The Crocodile Hunter

    Finally, someone tells the truth about such a derogatory term. “Nigga/Nigger” has to be the only word I know that changes definition depending on the race of the person who says it. It isn’t a term of endearment, it is a word of oppression and hate. To embrace it, we embrace inferiority. To think that I am the nigga you said I was for last 400 plus years but I don’t want you to call me that, doesn’t make sense.

  • Romia Blue

    Suge just tryin to get a bunch of people fugged up with his dumb azz thought process

  • Ra Dyvine

    Suge Knight is like sarah palin why the F is he still talking?

  • MercedNative209

    as long as black folk keep using “nigga” to refer to one another, this will always be an issue. forever everlasting

  • Cecil A. Hankins

    Brother Chuch “D” is referring to European Africans, not African Americans. Ancestry is what makes the differentiation. A White South African does not lose his/her ancestors’ homeland, simply because they were born in Africa.

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