Chuck D, Public Enemy’s frontman, is using Twitter to call out Jay-Z and Kanye West about their use of the N-word in one of their biggest songs, “N***ers in Paris.” Chuck tweeted from Lyon, France, bemoaning that he had to keep saying “we are African not n***ers in Paris.”
The song to which the legendary rapper is referring appeared on the Watch The Throne album and quickly became one of the most popular rap songs of 2011 and 2012.
A white fan called Chuck the N-word while he was visiting but he was not upset with the fan, but rather the black culture that made it popular in the first place. According to Chuck, white foreigners may not grasp the, significance, legacy, and full meaning of what that word means to citizens of the United States.
While Chuck D is noticeably upset over this, he is not letting it dampen his spirits which, after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of Public Enemy, are very high. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 18, but the ceremony will be presented on HBO on Saturday, May 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.