LUPE FIASCO:GROWING UP ON GANGSTA RAP.

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Gangsta rap made me not trust women, for real. Ice Cube, “A Bitch Is A Bitch.” I was 8, 9 years old. I didn’t know how to approach women and then started thinking like, ‘damn, well you can’t trust gold-diggers.’ And he didn’t differentiate what was gold diggers and what was not, so I was always suspicious as a little kid. So it definitely had influence on my personal experience. But where Gangsta Rap comes from, I understand it. Let’s fast forward to Plies. Plies to me is the new gangsta, the same way that Gangsta Rap was hard-hitting and unapologetic and vulgar to a certain extent about what it was and where it came from, but it was real and it was honest. And it’s a good reminder that it’s there. There are still people who think like that. There are still people whose intentions and ideals are based on those things. And it just let’s you know that we still go work to do.

Hip-Hop didn’t invent “nigger.” The word “nigger” was used way before it was used in the 70s and the 60s and the 40s and 20s, so White people have been using the word “nigger” for a very long time, before Hip-Hop, before Jazz, before recorded music. So they can’t put that on Hip-Hop.

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