Kendrick Lamar on white fans who rap the N-word: ‘Let me have this one word’

"This is my word"

Kendrick Lamar has spoken out on the time he recently interrupted a white fan on stage for rapping the N-word.

Last month, the rapper was performing at Hangout Fest in Alabama when he invited the fan onto the stage to help perform his 2012 song ‘M.A.A.D. City’. However, fan proceeded to repeatedly rap the racial slur, leading Kendrick to stop the music and the fan to ask, “Aren’t I cool enough for you? What’s up, bro?”. After Lamar explained that “you got to bleep one single word, though”, the fan replied: “Oh, I’m sorry. Did I do it? I’m so sorry… I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.”

Footage of the incident soon went viral and made headlines:


Now in a new cover interview for Vanity Fair, Lamar has defended his decision.

“Let me put it to you in its simplest form,” said Lamar. “I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, and there’s been so many things a Caucasian person said I couldn’t do. Get good credit. Buy a house in an urban city. So many things—’you can’t do that’—whether it’s from afar or close up.

“So if I say this is my word, let me have this one word, please let me have that word.”

Kendrick Lamar will return to the UK to headline this summer’s Reading & Leeds Festival in August. Visit here for tickets and information.