DJ Vlad asked Ja Rule about Ja’s kids using the n-word and how it relates white people using it in hip-hop today.
According to Ja Rule, the use of the n-word is just a part of the territory.
“It’s hip-hop, man,” Ja Rule said. “The kids listen to hip-hop. They use the n-word. Point blank, period. There’s no way around it. You know what I mean? I’m at a concert the other day. Nothing but white kids at the concert. Metro Boomin is deejaying and shit, right? What does he throw on? ‘All day, n—a.’ And he’s fading the ‘n—a’ part. And those white kids are singing that ‘n—a’ word like a motherfucker. You know what I’m saying? I’m up in the balcony dying laughing because I’m like yo, what do you expect them to do? What do you think they’re gonna do? To them it’s a song. They just singing a song, having fun. So, now what do you do? Not play that song when you have a white audience and you deejaying? I don’t know.”
He also feels like the younger generation doesn't understand the power of the word in any situation.
“I really don’t know how to combat this,” Ja Rule said. “For us that are older, we know how much hatred the word has behind it, how much malice, you know, the word was created and invented and the harm it was meant to do. We understand that. I don’t think the young kids understand that. I don’t think they get it how we get it. I do try to tell me kids, ‘Lessen on the n-word. Slow down on the n-word.’ But I really don’t see nothing wrong with the word, you know, as far as us using it with each other as black people.”