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Yelawolf Revisits the N-Word Debate

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''It Ain't No Joke, Man...''
4:30PM ET October 3rd, 2011
Contributor : Stephen Willis
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Yelawolf Revisits the N-Word Debate

Yelawolf seems to be endlessly asked about the 'N-word.' The Alabama rapper was asked to give his opinion on the term yet again, following fellow White rapper V-Nasty's liberal use of the word in freestyles. While V-Nasty said that in her native town of Oakland, pretty much every young person of a certain background uses the term, Yela says that he is against it, and where he's from, that would never be tolerated.

"Iâm from the South. That shit donât fly. And in Alabama, put it this way. There are grandparents alive today whose parents went through a war. Weâre just out of the slave trade. Itâs very real situation," he said. "You donât take that sh*t lightly, especially Hip Hop and American music culture is black culture. Donât ever get it f**ked up. Know your roots, know where the f**k youâre getting this music from and respect it. And donât embarrass white people and white rappers by doing that dumb sh*t, by dropping the N-bomb and thinking youâre all cool and sh*t. Youâre going to find yourself slapped up and it might be by a white boy. Because you ainât gonna embarrass me around my people like that."

"Weâre not very far away from real-life problems. Obama is the president, but it doesnât mean that less than 50 years ago, people were getting⦠People are still getting mobbed," he continued. "It ainât no joke, man. Certain people have the birthright to use that word. I donât know. As a white rapper, itâs always been a big no-no, but as a human being, itâs been an even bigger no-no."

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