Nas Gives Gwyneth Paltrow a ‘N**ga’ Pass

by Britni Danielle

Oh, dear. The chorus of Gwyneth Paltrow saviors is growing, but this time, my boy Nas is adding his two cents to the list.

After Gwyneth got a little too up in her feelings about seeing her bestie’s husband perform his smash hit “N-ggas in Paris” and got a little too free with the tweets, saying she had just witnessed  “N-ggas in Paris for real,” many were both shocked and not-so-outraged about her comments. While many wondered how anyone could be upset about Paltrow’s use of the still-controversial n-word considering it IS the title of the song, others felt that she, nor anyone for that matter, should utter the word.

Russell Simons, Toure, and The Dream all came to Gwyneth’s defense, and now Nas has weighed in on the matter, telling CBS news he’d “slap the sh*t out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow.”

Who knew Gwyneth had such street cred?

Nas explained: “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this sh*t is.”

Nas admitted that many don’t agree with his idea of giving certain people “passes” to use a racial slur (go figure), but he doesn’t care. Gwyneth is his homie, his ace, and according to Mr. Jones, “a real n-gga.”

“Some might not feel the same way,” Nas said. “Some of us will get angrier about it than others; but some people get a pass. The people that I know who are cool and real ni**as, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real ni**a, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”

As much as I love (like really, really love) Nas, I have to disagree with him. No matter how many songs she sings or millionaire rappers she befriends, Gwyneth Paltrow will never be confused for or be considered anybody’s “n-gga.”

I’m going to pretend folks aren’t buying into this foolishness that we’ve “reclaimed” the n-word and that any and everybody should be using it. No…instead I’m going to put Nas’ comments right along side his verse in “Oochie Walley“–in the folder marked “Things that should have never happened.”

  • iQgraphics

    see… celebs stand for NOTHING!

  • Cloudy Summer Day

    Why would anyone expect anything more from a guy like this?

  • Sasha

    Can we just stop talking about this already….like seriously? Thanks.

  • LemonNLime

    These people are pathetic idiots.

  • Kitt

    This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard….She’s a real n*gga….Uh no she’s not. She’s a privelaged white girl from the upper East Side who happens to be an Oscar winning actress…and is super rich and uber famous. And that’s the only reason why she gets a pass….Let her be some unknown administrative assistant from Brooklyn tweeting this mess…and I’m sure she wouldn’t get a pass. This is dumb. These rappers are making me lose respect.

  • Yb

    I wonder if Gwyneth Paltrow was a white man……..

    Would these rappers and faux intellectuals like Toure give a white men a pass for saying the N word?

    *deletes all Nas songs from Ipod*

  • LemonNLime

    “As I said before,If Lay-Z,Beyacki,Coonye,and the Nightmare really are ni@@as who would know better than The Goopster”

    LOL did you come up with those names? Witty!

  • Yb
  • nappynaptown

    Nas needs to have a whole theater of seats. I wonder why NOBODY has covered that the problem wasn’t with the name of the song, but like Q-Tip said the fact that she said “for real” was the issue. Why doesn’t anyone want to cover Q-Tip’s pov? Either they should be fair or end the conversation once and for all.

  • andryce76

    The Dream,Russell Simmons, Toure ,Nas and other black men who wan’t to play Captain save a Becky it’s nothing new black women aren’t surprised
    But then you have FLOTUS who is disrespected everyday do any of them say anything in her defense?

  • omfg

    are any famous black women coming out and saying it’s cool?

    i’d like to see erykah badu, jill scott, et al weigh in. it could be interesting, esp. with erykah’s off the chain arse.

  • Alexandra

    I thought about that too. I’ve always observed that many people put racism past White women (they’re ‘minorities’ too). They just aren’t viewed as much of a threat as White men are. It’s historically obvious; as well as an indicator of how gender is perceived.

  • AP

    There’s no such thing as a “Nigga/hood/black” pass. That’s ridiculous. If he likes her then that’s fine but you can’t go handing out non-existent passes. If you want to keep a certain “thing” between friends then I don’t care but don’t go handing out passes as if different black people don’t have different opinions.

  • TyneandWear


    No but he she were an Arab like DJ Khalid no one will say anyyhing. If I remember correctly Nas gave a shout out to all the white niggas in Foul Breeze. So there is precedence.

  • Kim

    What really gets me is the fact that you will have black women support these people, knowing that these “boys”, “coons”, Big Jim’s on the plantation keeping the rest of the negras in line for Miss Anne, would never stand up for them. Some black women are Zombies.

  • Monique

    We need to go all in, and stop using the word period, even amongst ourselves, or we need to stop whining when other people use it. It is really that simple.

  • TyneandWear


    If Sarah Palin said it what woulf be the reaction?

  • TyneandWear


    Whoopi Goldberg defended Ted Danson when he did black face. She even defended Mel a Gibson. She defended Roman Polanski the convicted child rapist.

  • myblackfriendsays

    Captain save a becky–that’s funny.

  • myblackfriendsays

    I think anyone that was offended that she did that probably wasn’t a big fan of hers anyway.

    The vast majority of white people are ignorant about the history of that word (and the history of black people in general,) so it doesn’t surprise me that something like this happened.

    I will say the use of the n-word seems to be the media’s favorite angle to cover when it comes to race relations, when it is a minor issue compared to things like disparate unemployment rates, life expectancies, incarceration rates, etc.


    I am so disappointed in Nas. I would expect this from your average day rapper but I hold him at a higher regard. I don’t care. No white person is allowed to call me the n-word. I don’t care if I wasn’t a slave or didn’t have to live through Jim Crow. The wounds are still open. I can relate and feel the pain that my ancestors went through and to me it is not easy to overlook.

  • Alexandra

    Haha I figured it out pretty quick as well. So lame.

  • andryce76

    You really can’t use that line
    There are some women who call themselves bitches and are proud of it
    But you better not step to some women and call them that.- you will catch a beat down
    It’s the same with the -N- Word every black person doesn’t use that word

  • NY’s Finest

    I’m truly a Nas fan, but I’m losing respect for him. This s**t here I can’t ignore, and I was all ready to purchase his new album but I will keep my money in my pocket, because I will not support anyone who’s that damn ignorant. I’m realizing that Nas is like the rest of these stupid ass rappers, he just does a better job at hiding it.

  • Ms. Information

    People went IN on Don Imus for saying nappy headed hoe…I’m so sick of black people and their selective consciousness.

  • chanela

    DAMN so true!

  • Isis

    Thats because black men adore white women but hate white men.

  • chanela

    thank you! it’s absolutely embarrassing and yes people notice and remember that shit. my boyfriend isn’t american nor black and he’s confused as hell. he would be like

    “why do black people cry over the word “nigga” and say it is offensive to their ancestors but then use is in every other word in their sentence?”

    “why do i only see black men with hispanic and white women, yet those same guys give us dirty looks?”

    there is more but i can’t think of anything right now he is so damn confused by the black community and i don’t blame him. it’s sad cause i didn’t realized how effed up our community was until he pointed it out… and guess what? it has been other races of people pointing it out as well. we can be hypocritical as hell sometimes. yet we’re mad if someone of another race calls us out on it.

    although they ARE only seeing things from the outside in… sometimes the carpet DOES match the drapes… just sayin

  • jamesfrmphilly

    palin has confirme that has like a little ni@@a dick once in a while……

  • jamesfrmphilly

    palin likes a ni@@a dick…….

  • jamesfrmphilly

    can we boycott Nas?

  • Bee

    Did anyone really expect different? No integrity. A good 90% of these celebs stand for nothing but 2 things: themselves and money. Half of them have about as much intelligence as a speck of dust. Personally, I always feel insulted to see that the dumbest mfers are the ones generally making all the money in this world. (If you want rappers–with some integrity–you can respect nowadays, listen to some Lupe, The Roots, or Mos Def. Close the curtain on all these others. You’ll have fewer headaches.)

  • Bee

    I didn’t know Q-Tip had said anything about it! Clutch should def cover his view. He’s one of the more intelligent rappers, imo, anyway.

  • Bee

    LOL! But so damn true. I’m trying to think of one that came to Michelle’s defense….nope, none.

  • Bee

    Yawn, indeed. Broken record.

  • Bee

    This is the same man who didn’t pay his child support until Kelis took him to court about it. I lost respect for him then.

  • pb

    I was also planning to get his album to support, but not any more. Especially after he appeared in Nicki Minaj’s video after talking about “daughters.”

  • AfroStyling

    Lol i hope you black women are paying attention to this. Niggas!!

  • c’mon son

    Why Nas why?!? You had an album that was going to be called NIGGA and it got banned. You know the weight of the word, why?!?! and Why aren’t this niggas( since they want to ok this) so fond on backing a white woman up, but when there black women are getting attacked all kinds of ways won’t even try to speak up.


  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Just add him to the list of extraordinary clusterf-cks….

  • Befree

    Awe, nothings like the ramblings of an eighth grade dropout.

  • L


  • JC

    That’s unnecessary, even if you disagree with him, he can obviously be a thoughtful man.

  • JC

    Its happening again. People are making extraordinary claims about what black men think of white and black women. I wish Pew would do an official survey and lay down the final word on the issue once and for all. I’d bet a lot of money that most black men prefer black women, including black women that have distinctive African features.

    I know 15 to 20 black men dating or married to a woman. These are men in PhD programs or men with careers living in very diverse communities yet none of their wives/girlfriends are white, one has an Asian girlfriend, one has a Arabic girlfriend, and other 14 to 18 have black wives/girlfriends. I don’t know …

  • binks

    Smh…sighs and the stupidity continues

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Not defending either Imus or Paltrow (in fact I think both were wrong), but Don Imus’ use of nappy headed hoes was heard over a live broadcast, for which he gets paid, was targeted to a rather un-deserving (sp?) group of people, and for which advertisers can choose to remove support from. In Paltrow’s case, she was conditioned by the kind of Black people she chooses to associate herself with, a group that says using the N word is okay for either races. Her outlet was a social media platform and while subject to public critique, was a comment on a song and not on an innocent group of people.

    It both cases was and is only a matter of time before people forget and move on to the next offensive thing.

  • NY’s Finest

    @pb: I definitely side eyed him for that Nicki Minaj video, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt cuz I know he needs money for child support.

  • t

    oh JC!

    how comforting!


  • Befree

    Save it. Let me tell you what’s unnecessary a black man defending a white woman using the n word when she hasn’t lifted her lily white finger to defend herself. What’s unnecessary is a black man saying he would turn violent over Gwen. What unnecessary is a black man stating he gives nigga passes. 
    Another thing that is unnecessary is me taking back what I said.  He’s a junior high dropout and his statement proves he has a serious case of arrested development. 

  • befree
  • girlformerlyknownasgrace


  • my_reply

    Nas gives Gwyneth a pass and people say “black people have spoken” It’s so annoying that low class rappers decide what “acting black” is and what is acceptable to black people. A pass? I just don’t get it. Why must they be so stupid? Everyone is laughing at us. Soon they’ll be calling us the n-word too.

    I almost wish hip hop would die away. Well I wish crappy hip hop would die and the good stuff become popular.

    Physical violence to defend a woman who said something offensive? I hope all the black people who had sense enough to think she shouldn’t have tweeted that are listening to all these sellouts. These lameOs are giving passes now? How did they get this authority? LOL. How much stupidity will you support? One day these idiots will say all white people can say it. Will you agree with that?

    Imagine that there were something that these rappers could make billions of dollars with that would give all other black people something like herpes. What if they could make all this money and never get caught. The creators would say “Well herpes isn’t too bad, and you would make loads of money.” Do you think they would do it? I know they would.

    To me, they are already doing something of the sort. They release music that has a negative influence on our kids. They support a culture that has brought nothing but pain to our communities all for the mighty dollar.

    It’s crazy how the black community sticks up for these people who would do just about anything short of selling us back into slavery to make a dollar.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Wow, the housing projects of NYC sure knows how to breed idiots.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    LOL! That explains it all. If he had stayed in school, he wouldn’t be such an idiot.

  • Janet

    These rappers don’t care about black or white. They care about the color green. So they could less if you are called n__gger, coon or monkey. Isn’t it obvious?! They don’t care about their poor black people in NY. They rap and praise their city yet builds it up. Yet their praised by the very people who are allowed to be called n_gger. Catch a clue, build up yourselves, and stop making them rich. There rappers will never go against a white woman. They are aware to go against American’s most beloved asset is eventually hurting themselves. This entire situation is similar to raising a snake and expecting it not to bite once it matures. These rappers main goal was always money. Their concern was never going to be what hurt their community. They have to go where the green flows. So really why are you all surprised?!

  • All Black Woman

    O I applaud for this comment, wisdom is priceless.

  • blackandproud

    Who Knew: Even street Negroes become Uncle Toms for the exceptance of a pretty, blond, white rich girl….

    I like Gwenyth P. I dont think she should have used the word she knew better. But it was more the fault of JayZ and Kanye, I wonder if Kim K calls Kanye N**ga as a pet name. So now that is the new thing with black men. White gurls can use the N word. Embarassing They are so far gone. That’s what having millions of dollars and having whites who only hang out with rich powerful blacks make you feel accepted..

  • blackandproud

    That’s the effect of being black, a millionaire and having whites (who only hang out with rich powerful blacks) make you feel accepted..It even affects street negroes. They are sellouts too. The power of a white woman,,,,

  • Who’s that Girl

    I love your post. I am also tired of rappers with bad character speaking for us. Their music and viewpoints does not represent everybody in the Black community.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    also, nas is on the same label as the rappers who made that stupid song. can’t go against your labelmates.

  • blackandproud

    I meant the acceptance of a pretty, rich, blond girl.

  • Nubiahbella

    In which world Mrs Martin is considered a pretty woman lol!

    being White and Blond doesn’t make her pretty lol!

    Besides this I agree with everything else you said!

  • ChickenHead

    Black American men are becoming an embarrassment more and more each day. That’s why I only deal with non American black men now.

  • kc

    These Uncle Toms should be ashamed of themselves for letting this effete, cosseted, white woman degrade their people. You may be rocking Margiela, but she just called you the lowest of the low. Check yourselves.

  • Loquacious

    Nas can give her a pass because it’s his to give. I can’t give her a pass because I’m not a nigga. More power to the both of them. Tangentially, folks getting mad at her for calling Jay Z and Kanye a name they call themselves is ridiculous. Let’s be real.

  • LuvIt289

    With you Monique!

    The term is just an ignorant word. Created for ignoant people. Its just sad black folk don’t get it. We are so brainwashed :-(

  • Melancholy Soul

    A word can’t be ignorant. The word was created by those who had hatred for Black people. The word isn’t used by ‘ignorant’ people only. It’s used by Black people and non-Blacks, some who have a high degree of education.

  • Kathy

    there’s no free pass when we still embrace the word as though its the truth…that’s the problem with trying to hold on to something SOOOOOOOOOO negative…usualy the people who embrace that word really don’t know our history…just what they seen on roots (the movie)!!!!…….

  • Glue

    bahaha I love how angry some of you get. I honestly don’t care if someone says ni**a but I’ve never said it myself nor does anyone call me that. But seriously you get mad at white people who use in reference to blacks who use the word themselves…gimme a break. Btw kc thats not being an uncle tom (which I hate more than the n word).

  • AnorexicBob

    I don’t see the big deal, Gwyneth didn’t mean it in a derogatory manner. The real problem is how common such an ignorant word has become. A lot of these rappers and blacks have made the word fairly normal and acceptable. Words cannot be limited to one group. If blacks use the word and broadcast it for all to hear, then others will use it as well.

  • Myisha of Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick

    I love me some Nas… but iCant. I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean it maliciously, she seems like a real cool person… BUT #NoBueno Gwen Gwen… A pass you do not get!

  • Erin

    Great thoughts. Hip Hop artists do not speak for me or my community. They are not a representative of my thoughts and opinions and they shouldn’t referred to as such.

  • Siddy

    Mountain out of a molehill

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