Nas: “Gwyneth Paltrow is a Real N-Word, That’s My Homie”

The Dream and Russell Simmons already did it and now Nas is the latest to defend Gwyneth Paltrow’s controversial N-word tweet.

“I would slap the shit out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow,” Nas told CBS Local recently. “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this shit is. We don’t interrupt Italians when they say ‘Wop’ to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don’t interrupt us. We pick and choose.”

“Some might not feel the same way,” he added. “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 niggas, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real nigga that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”

The controversy began when Paltrow tweeted, “Ni**as in paris for real @MrTeriusNash (the dream) tyty, beehigh,” live from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne concert in Paris two weeks back on June 1. She later attempted to clean it up by tweeting, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”

The Dream even attempted to take the blame for Paltrow, saying that he tweeted from the acrtress’ cell phone. However, later the R&B star would admit that the tweet was indeed hers.

He and Russell Simmons did come to the actress’ defense, like Nas.

“I have to throw my hand up and stand up for Gwyneth. I know her intentions were not to be offensive … she was just proud of her friend, Jay-Z. My words are in defense of her,” Simmons wrote in a statement on his Global Grind website.

But rapper Q-Tip felt another way.

“Listen Rush Simmons, Toure, and all Black folk who are sympathist to this gwen paltrow n***a thing,” he tweeted. “She may not have meant harm, sure it was in the heat of the moment but that fact that she showed not 1 IOTA of an apologetic tone, given the historical weight of that word is not responsible of G Paltrow’s part.”—Mark Lelinwalla

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  • Samira

    So who decides who gets a ‘pass’?

    • LibsD

      Whoever is closest to that person. When you know someone, you know their intentions. They know her and know whether she’s being malicious or not. The fact that they are defending her goes to show that they truly believe her tweet was totally harmless. I’m sure if they didn’t know who she was as a person they wouldn’t be standing up for her like this.


    any artist supporting Gwyneth Paltrow is a uncle Tom..aint nothing real about her and her PRIVELEDGED life, she has not experienced any hardships, discrimination or racism,…I don’t understand this new thing with her and hip-hop, but she a privileged Hollywood actress, 3rd generation… YOU WANT REALNESS, support Game and the RED ALBUM…

  • too real

    I agree with the truth…she just a poser..she feels guilty about her priveldged life and acts like she understands brothas and is down for the cause..such a fake imposter..

  • LetoEl

    Seriously I am sick of this double standard. Blacks can use it everyday and it is okay, it doesn’t carry any historical weight, and it meant no harm. If a white uses it, that person is automatically a racist asshole. If it is okay for a black person to use it, then it should be okay for all. If we choose to refer to ourselves as niggas, them it normal than the rest of the population will also refer to use as such.

    Racism is still alive because of the barriers we keep building, the exclusive use of the word nigga, and its variation, is a prime example.

    • slimmo

      Just because you are white and cool doesn’t give you right to say the N word. You get a pass if you encounter racism or using it amongst friends an they give you a pass, ok then. But say that shit in front of me i’m going to punch you in your motherfucking mouth. White people or any other race DON’T have the right to say the N word at all, shit yall motherfuckers didn’t experience racism, yall used the word in a negative fashion up to the 80′s, shit your parents probably used it all there life if not definitely there grandparents, so test a motherfucker if you want to!

      • trey

        if it hurts so bad when you mufuckin hear it then dont say it ur mufuckin self. it aint mean shit except the same shit as homie or mufuckin man or some shit

  • TruthBeTold

    haha dude whats with you an the red album? it was good, but its not a classic or anything. and i completely get what nas is saying, she didn’t mean it in an offensive way, its the title of the song ? now if the song was called ballers in paris and she said “n*gga’s in paris for real” then there would be really no need to say it in the first place. on anotha note, if the word n*gga is so historically weighted then why does Q tip and every rapper ever use it so much ? whats the point of reminding yourself and others if its such a harsh word? the word n*gga can be used in many ways, and I believe 3/4 of people no longer use it meaning “black slave” but in the context of meaning something like “dude” or “bro” or “guy”.


      The fact that rappers and we as black people were able to DE SENSITIZE THE WORD BY USING IT OURSELF doesnt give WANNABES the right to use the word!!! I AINT WIT IT, what they need to do is stop making excuses and be real friends and explain to her WHAT THE WORD IS, AND STOP WORRYING BOUT THE WARM FUZZIES THEY GET WHEN SHE INVITES THEM TO HANG OUT ON THE BOAT IN THE HAMPTONS AND KEEP IT REAL WITH HER, SHE AINT GOT NO RIGHT TO USE THAT FREELY!!!IVE HAD TO DO IT SEVERAL TIMES MYSELF AND GUESS WHAT??? THEY STILL LOVE ME!!

  • alderman j

    Niggas get a pass!!!!nobody else does! and my girl is white and she has a daughter thats not mine and she calls me daddy, but know this aint none of them using that word and thinking its cool around me!!!! not happening, jay z is indeed an ol grey poupon as nigga!! I been around white people my whole life so i didnt have to give them “a pass” to be able to hang wit them, to hell with anybody that aint black using the word nigga!!!! PERIOD!!!

  • alderman j

    Listen if you have a group of femaie friends i hear them call each other bithces and hos all the time, but if another female “OUTSIDE THE GROUP” calls one of them a bitch or hoe, it will be a confrontation or a fight, point being “IF YOU AINT IN THE GROUP….DONT GET TO FAMILIAR…OR BE PREPARED TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES!!…unless you run wit a bunch of grey poupon ass niggas thats gonna give you a pass!!!! THAT BITCH AINT IN THE GROUP!!!PERIOD!!!

  • Nat Turner II

    Find a REAL issue to get mad over…after all it IS the name of the song. I’m mad at Jay and Ye for naming it that and it has nothing to do with the song. The VAST majority of people who listen to rap are white. So when every other word is the N-word what do you expect? It’s sad that this story even got legs. I’ve heard more about this too much…NIGGAS can be so petty…find a real cause.

  • Stupid

    So white people can buy and support the album, but they can’t say or type the name of the biggest single? And who decides who gets a pass? She can obviously say it in front of Jay,Ye,Nas,Russ,and Dream…but not in front of Qtip. That’s why the word should just be buried and forgotten or be universally offensive. Considering the level of the consequences as it relates to the freeness of using the word just doesn’t add up fairly…which ironicly is pretty much what the word relates to, unfairness/inequality. It’s almost like white people use it to piss off black people, and black people use it in a different way to piss off white people…yet neither way does anything to help with race issues while each side blames the other over a word. It’s 2012, we have bigger fish to fry than stirring up outrage over tweeting the name of a hit single.

  • Norway

    Come on, it’s the name of the song! White folks can listen to the song, but can’t say the title cuz that’s racist? That’s ridiculous. I really understand that the N-word is offensive. But you must understand the confusion amongst the white crowd, when the word is given a postitiv connotation within the black crowd. You’ve taken the word and made it your own, and thats dope. I’m a white guy and was called “my n***a” by a black guy a few weeks ago, and it made my night.

  • mohandasganja

    Honkys these days…

  • Spankie

    Wow. Nas gives Gwyneth Paltrow a pass. Big deal. I agree with Samira – Just who decides who gets a ‘pass’?

  • fuck yall

    well i dont say just cause i got no need to and whites and blacks are both the blame and if any one gets made at that fuckem black people sold there own to the white man but the white man had no write haveing slaves but why do blacks folks not bring that up. and whites sold there own bitchs to other whites . so both races ansisters were cold mother fucks. but rember this at the end the day no matter what iam say what ever i want and iam not scared that a black man would punch me for saying the n word i grow up around blackcommiuty and i had to chin check i few brothers for thanking iam punk ass white boy

  • escobar9300

    Some of you need to get a damn grip. Its the NAME OF A SONG. Its not like she was throwing it out just any old way. She quoted the name of a song. Stop being babies and get back on your grind instead of worrying about a damn tweet. SMH

  • ANise

    Is it ok when this guy uses it? It’s for a comedy bit, but is it ok? Copy/paste this link and judge –>

  • pocketbook princess

    Hey Nas. I hope your Nigga Gwenith Paltrow buys your new album and helps you get out your tax debt. I see why Kelis left that green dress behind. She wanted to totally forget you. Now, I want you to Guess who’s not buying your album….ME!

  • WTF

    “So who decides who gets a ‘pass’?”- Nas, Dream,Uncle Rush?..No I don’t think so. When the Obamas, Mandelas,Kings, Martins or the Emmett Till families give a pass. I might think about it..thought about and the answer is no gets a pass..

  • Telly

    There’s no such thing as a pass. That’s some BS made up by ignorant, slaveminded, sympathizing, black folks. It’s offensive when white people use it and it’s even more offensive when black people use because their ignorance. The blacks that accepted that term were and are slaves. These artists ain’t nothing but glorified slaves. They’re contribute nothing valuable to socioeconomic progress of black people. The just make us look like coons and goons.

    • Telly

      It’s funny how some people say we need to get a grip or it’s okay for black people to say but noone else. None of these individuals have the right dictate what’s acceptable for an entire group of people. Jay-Z, Naz, Kanye, Russell Simmons, Ice-T don’t speak for me. I don’t care what records they’ve made and how much money they have because I didn’t contribute to it. If them and anyone else are comfortable being niggas then that’s on them. Like I said before, when black people use, it’s a reflection of their ignorance and lack of social consciousness. Aspire to rise above it, as a human race we have bigger things ahead of us.

  • magicd54

    I no that us black folk no the difference btween nigga and nigger mean rite?if u dont then nigger is the racist part…get it str8 cus all fussin fa nuttin…if u feel like its disrespectful..think bout it like..shit we aint slaves now….they scared of black folk but they happy we aint all together

  • n1gg!@

    its the name of the song.

    get over yourselves.

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