While performing at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Sunday (May 20), Kendrick Lamar had to interrupt a White female fan he invited onto the stage after she repeatedly recited the n-word in one of his songs.
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The Grammy Award-winning rapper allowed the young fan to perform his 2012 song “M.A.A.D. City” off his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. The racial slur appears throughout the hook of the track, and without much thought, the fan proceeded to repeat it, which led Lamar to stop the music. “Aren’t I cool enough for you?”, asked the confused fan. “What’s up bro?”.
The audience can be heard booing her as the rapper explained that she’s “got to bleep one single word.” The fan immediately apologized, replying: “Oh, I’m sorry. Did I do it? I’m so sorry…I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.”
After promising to censor herself, she was allowed to stay onstage and rap the song for the second time.
Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music in April for his fourth studio album DAMN., marking the first time a hip-hop artist was awarded the accolade. He is currently co-headlining the Championship Tour with labelmate SZA featuring the rest of TDE’s elite roster of artists.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.