Which White Entertainers Have a "Hood Pass" to Say the N-Word?
Eagle notes that folks in Chicago, where he's from originally, tend to be less permissive. "It's a way more segregated city," he says. "There's more of a hard line than out here."
The fact that many Latino people in Southern California use the word (which parallels the more-or-less accepted usage of it by Hispanic and even some Middle Eastern hip-hop artists) is something he has not grown comfortable with. Still, he concedes: "I guess that would be the 'hall pass' out here."
While not pardoning any white rappers' use of the n-word, Nocando nonetheless respects Riff Raff for his non-PC stance. "Saying no one can use it would have been more political, but for him to condemn the white kids who say it and buy his records would have been stupid, business-wise. It confirms what I've thought -- that he's smarter than he lets on."
Below, Nocando offers his specific thoughts on a host of white musicians and pop culture figures who seem to believe -- or have once seemed to believe -- that they have a pass.