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Kendrick Lamar kicks a white fan off stage for singing the N-word in HIS lyrics

Kendrick Lamar is now a Pulitzer Prize winner in Music

Force of habit: The woman apologized for the slip-up but explained that she was used to singing the rap the way Lamar wrote it, N-words and all  

  • Fan backlash is mounting over incident at a Kendrick Lamar concert on Sunday
  • Lamar was headlining the Hangout Festival in Alabama and invited fan on stage
  • Asked the fan, a white woman, to sing the lyrics of his song M.A.A.D City
  • Cut the music and scolded her for singing the N-word repeatedly in the chorus
  • Fan apologized and was booed from stage in what some suspect was a set-up

Fan backlash is mounting over an incident at a Kendrick Lamar concert, which some are calling a set-up intended to humiliate a fan for publicity.

Lamar was headlining the final night of the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Sunday when he invited a white concertgoer named Delaney on stage to sing his song M.A.A.D City alongside him.

Just seconds into the song, Lamar cut the music and scolded the fan for singing the full lyrics of the song, which includes the N-word throughout. 

Amid the outrage, some of it directed at Delaney, other fans are wondering if the Pulitzer Prize-winning singer intentionally set out to stir controversy and publicity by inviting a white fan to sing his lyrics.

Lamar's publicists did not immediately respond to requests for comment from 

Kendrick Lamar stops white fan from rapping because she said n-word

Epic fail: A white Kendrick Lamar fan named Delaney took the stage at the Hangout Festival in Alabama on Sunday, but ended up getting booed after failing to censor the N-word in one of the rapper's songs 

Delaney was called to the stage to perform M.A.A.D City, which mentions the N-word more than a dozen times
She said it three times before Lamar stopped her

Delaney was called to the stage to perform M.A.A.D City, which mentions the N-word more than a dozen times. She said it three times before Lamar stopped her

'The biggest set up ever,' said one Twitter user. 'Brought a fan up on stage to sing Maadcity and then flipped when she said the N word. Smh. He knew what he was doing. Ruined her life all over social media. She's gonna have to live with the video of people being mad forever.'


'This is an obvious attempt by Kendrick Lamar and most likely his record label, to stir the pot,' another wrote. 'How much more hatred has been generated by this little stunt?' 

'I lost mad respect for my top 5 rapper,' wrote yet another. 'You cant pick and choose who says "n***a" when u say it in your music and have all your fans singing it... That was a set up.' 

A video of the incident has gone viral, showing Lamar inviting Delaney onto the stage to perform MAAD City, from his 2012 album Good Kid, MAAD City - a two-part rap ballad in which the N-word is mentioned more than a dozen times.

As the video shows, Lamar was evidently under the impression that Delaney would censor herself and skip the racial epithet in the song, but she clearly did not get the memo.

A confident-seeming Delaney introduced herself to the crowd and reassured Lamar that she knew all the lyrics, saying, 'I swear, I got you.'

As the song began to play, Delaney chimed in with considerable gusto: 'Man down/Where you from, n****?'/'F*** who you know, where you from, my n****?'/'Where your grandma stay, huh, my n****?' 

Force of habit: The woman apologized for the slip-up but explained that she was used to singing the rap the way Lamar wrote it, N-words and all  
Force of habit: The woman apologized for the slip-up but explained that she was used to singing the rap the way Lamar wrote it, N-words and all  

Second chance: Lamar decided to give her another shot, but the crowd turned on Delaney after she nearly said the N-word again 

As the audience members began jeering and giving Delaney the thumbs down, the To Pimp A Butterfly Grammy winner interrupted the amateur rapper, exclaiming: 'wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, no, no, wait.’

Lamar, pictured at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, was the headliner at Sunday's Hangout Festival in Alabama 

Lamar, pictured at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, was the headliner at Sunday's Hangout Festival in Alabama 

Not realizing yet the error of her ways, Delaney took offense to the disruption, asking Lamar, 'Am I not cool enough for you? What’s up, bro?

Lamar calmly explained to Delaney that she has to 'bleep one single word.'

'Oh, I'm sorry, did I do it?' Delaney inquired.

‘Yeah, you did it,' Lamar replied.

Delaney apologized a second time, saying, ‘I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.’

Lamar decided to give her a chance to redeem herself, but the audience was set against Delaney and Lamar cut her off a few verses into the song after she nearly let the N-word slip again.


If Pirus and Crips all got along

They'd probably gun me down by the end of this song

Seem like the whole city go against me

Every time I'm in the street I hear

'Yawk! Yawk! Yawk! Yawk!'

'Man down

Where you from, n****?'

'F*** who you know, where you from, my n****?'

'Where your grandma stay, huh, my n****?'

'This m.A.A.d city I run, my n****'

Brace yourself, I'll take you on a trip down memory lane

This is not a rap on how I'm slingin crack or move cocaine

This is cul-de-sac and plenty Cognac and major pain

Not the drill sergeant, but the stress that weighing on your brain

It was Me, O-Boog[?], and Yaya[?], YG Lucky ride down Rosecrans

It got ugly, waving your hand out the window. Check yo self

Uh, warriors and Conans

Hope euphoria can slow dance with society

The driver seat the first one to get killed

Seen a light-skinned n**** with his brains blown out

At the same burger stand where hang out

Now this is not a tape recording saying that he did it

But ever since that day, I was lookin at him different

That was back when I was nine

Joey packed the nine

Pakistan on every porch is fine

We adapt to crime, pack a van with four guns at a time

With the sliding door, f*** is up?

F*** you shootin' for if you ain't walkin up you f***in' punk?

Pickin' up the f***in' pump

Pickin' off you suckers, suck a d*** or die or sucker punch

A wall of bullets comin' from

AK's, AR's, "Aye y'all. Duck."

That's what momma said when we was eatin the free lunch

Aw man, God damn, all hell broke loose

You killed my cousin back in '94. F*** yo truce

Now crawl yo head in that noose

You wind up dead on the news

Ain't no peace treaty, just pieces

BG's up to pre-approve, bodies on top of bodies

IV's on top of IV's

Obviously the coroner between the sheets like the Isleys

When you hop on that trolley

Make sure your colors correct

Make sure you're corporate, or they'll be calling your mother collect

They say the governor collect, all of our taxes except

When we in traffic and tragic happens, that s*** ain't no threat

You movin backwards if you suggest that you sleep with a Tec

Go buy a chopper and have a doctor on speed dial, I guess

M.A.A.d city

'Man down

Where you from, n****?'

'F*** who you know, where you from, my n****?'

'Where your grandma stay, huh, my n****?'

'This m.A.A.d city I run, my n****'

If Pirus and Crips all got along

They'd probably gun me down by the end of this song

Seem like the whole city go against me

Every time I'm in the street I hear

'Yawk! Yawk! Yawk! 


In late January, the Compton, California, rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. DAMN., Lamar’s fourth LP, was his third straight to be nominated but ultimately fall short of the trophy, considered by most to be the top prize in popular music.

But perhaps not anymore.

On Monday, Lamar’s DAMN. took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.

“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”

She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

Lamar was not immediately available to comment on his win. But Terrence Henderson, the record executive known as Punch from Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment, acknowledged the achievement on Twitter, writing that from now on, no one should “speak with anything less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar.”

Canedy said the board’s decision to award Lamar, 30, was unanimous. The board called the album “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

DAMN., which featured Rihanna and U2, along with kinetic production from Sounwave and Mike WiLL Made-It, among others, topped the charts and was among last year’s most-streamed albums, while also tackling thorny issues both personal and political, including race, faith and the burdens of commercial success. Though his work is often serious — and searing — Lamar, a dense and bruising lyricist, has managed to become a pop-cultural juggernaut as well, performing during halftime of this year’s college football national championship and overseeing the soundtrack for Black Panther.

The finalists, selected by a five-person jury and presented to the board for a winner selection, also included composer Michael Gilbertson’s Quartet and singer and composer Ted Hearne’s Sound From the Bench.

David Hajdu, one of the music jurors this year and a critic for The Nation, said that the group considered more than 100 compositions, including “some pieces of classical music that drew upon hip-hop as a resource,” leading to a philosophical discussion among the jurors about what could be considered.

“That led us to put on the table the fact that this sphere of work” — rap music — “has value on its own terms and not just as a resource for use in a field that is more broadly recognized by the institutional establishment as serious or legitimate,” he said.

When someone mentioned Lamar’s DAMN., there was “quite a lot of enthusiasm for it,” Hajdu said, though some members of the jury were less familiar with hip-hop than others. (The jury also included violinist Regina Carter; Paul Cremo of the Met Opera commissioning program; Farah Jasmine Griffin, a Columbia professor of English and African-American studies; and composer David Lang.)

“But we listened to it and there was zero dissent,” Hajdu said. “A lively and constructive conversation, but no dissent.”

The news of the prize sent a jolt through the classical music world, where living composers often struggle to be heard — competing not only against those who work in more popular genres, but also the long-dead greats who make up the classical canon. Some pooh-poohed Lamar’s win — one classical composer called it “insulting” on his Facebook page — but many others embraced it.

Hearne praised the decision to award the Pulitzer to Lamar, calling him “one of the greatest living American composers, for sure.”

“The work that’s on that album is every bit as sophisticated and experimental as any music,” he said in a telephone interview. “The idea that that’s not classical music, or that’s not experimental music, or that’s not art music is completely unfounded.”

It was not until 1997 that the Pulitzer Prize for music went even to a jazz work: Wynton Marsalis’s oratorio Blood on the Fields. In 1965, the Pulitzer jurors recommended awarding a special citation to Duke Ellington, but were rejected.

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Comment by mr1stroke on May 22, 2018 at 2:02pm

and yes i said it who ever is mad, how about you show your intelligence and provide us with facts other wise you will remain what you are

Comment by mr1stroke on May 22, 2018 at 2:01pm

the worse thing is see and that shows how negros are retarded, the black community is in deep trouble with the justice system, you are complaining about how the system is unfair towards blacks, so many young black men are in prison unfairly and how we have more blacks in prison than white, last week the president was having a prison reform summit, no one wants to go, even Jay z told Meek not to go and he just went through it who better to tell the president his experience and find way to help, but as always niggers listen to each other, that president said it when he was running for president he said he knew the system is unfair towards black he wants to change that, john session said he wants to change that, but no one wants to sit with these guys, now my questions to all those in favor, 1-please tell me what are you and your black leaders are going to do to change the system since you can do better, 2-when did Obama had a summit regarding prison reform, if yes what did he do, what was the outcome, what bill did he passed? if you cannot answer these questions with facts and proof and against what can happen to better the community you are a dumb negro and you deserve to live in a box call hood like slaves 

Comment by mr1stroke on May 22, 2018 at 1:55pm

its like the smart and intelligent negros with their black leaders every one is mad at Trump but no one is questioning the democratic party, because i am still awaiting to find out what have they done for black people before Trump, the negros only have one excuses why they dont like him its because is a racist, in that case all the white people you dealt with before he became president are non racist, your bosses at your job are racist which is why they hire you according to your race, which is why your white coworkers are still grossing more than you, but i dont see you being mad

Comment by mr1stroke on May 22, 2018 at 1:52pm

you people have to listen to your self, and try to make sense of it, you say all black people like to use the N-word, yes "Black People" not white, if you spank your kid for doing something wrong would you like a stranger to spank him again, so the psychology here is that stop making excuses for white people, as soon as they do something you want to use excuses to forgive them, or give them a pass, if you are so mad at black people using the word than take care of it with black people stop looking for white people's approval or when to clean up your dirt

Comment by Pete on May 22, 2018 at 1:48pm

If you don’t like the N word you should never put it or

use it on your songs. All black peoples like to use the N words 

alot so don’t get mad.

Comment by mr1stroke on May 22, 2018 at 1:19pm

lol some one has to do it

Comment by nissy on May 22, 2018 at 1:11pm
He shouldn't have it in his music if he thinks it's a bad word. I hate that word. It doesn't matter how it's spelled.

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