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Kendrick Lamar Defends His Usage Of The N-Word, Says He HATES Talking Politics, Addresses Kanye's Slavery Comments

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We've got the rap gospel according to Kendrick Lamar in the newest issue of Vanity Fair. Find out what he said about using the n-word, politics and his thoughts on Kanye West's slavery comments inside...

2018 is looking real bright for Kendrick Lamar after he unleashed his critically acclaimed DAMN album. He copped the Pulitzer Prize for Music (and became the first rapper to do so) and he earned Rolling Stone's Album of the Year honor. Not only that, he has scooped up tons of awards, including several Grammy Awards this year.

The conscious rapper sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss his how his upbringing has influenced his music, why he defends his right to use the n-word, he explains why he hates talking politics and he even addresses Kanye West's problematic slavery and Trump comments.

Below are the highlights:

On how his childhood has helped shaped his music:

“What gives me an advantage in my upbringing is the duality of seeing one of the most beautiful moments of me being 6 years old, to the most tragic moment of being 13 or 14, and make that connection so the person [listening] can really see the conflict. It was a mindfuck, for sure. I would wake up one morning, and it would be cartoons and cereal and walking back from school. And at 4 P.M., we’d be having a house party ‘til 11 P.M. . .. and people [were] shooting each other outside the door. That was my lifestyle. And it’s not only mine; it’s so many other individuals’. And I wanted to tell that story.”

On why he feels he should be able to continue to use the N-word:

“Let me put it to you in its simplest form. 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.”

On why he can't stand to talk to people about politics:

“I just get too frustrated.”

On his thoughts about Kanye West's slavery comments and his comments about Trump:

“He has his own perspective, and he’s on this whole agree to disagree thing, and I would have this conversation with him personally if I want to."

You can check out Kendrick's full interview here.

Peep the video below that chronicles how K-Dot went from just a kid from Compton to winning a Pulitzer Prize award below:

Does Kendrick Lamar offer up a good enough explanation to continue using the N-word? Or, do you think he - and everyone - should stop using it all together?

Photos: Annie Leibovitz via Vanity Fair

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