The blowback following SAE’s racist implosion has spiraled in every direction possible and Trinidad James, of all people, found himself in the center of it.
In between n-word chant leader Parker Rice’s exposure and inevitable square-headed apology, a 2013 video of 79-year-old SAE house mother Beauton Gilbow emerged from the Vine archives, where she was proudly seen rapping James’ hit record, “All Gold Everything” (including emphasis on the rapid-fire n-word bridge).
Knowing that his gold-selling single highly utilizes the controversial term, James (real name Nicholas Williams) stood on middle ground when asked about the incident on CNN.
“I’m not going to be that person,” he says on-air to CNN. “It’s a rock and a hard place. I can’t be as upset at that lady. I’m upset at the fraternity because what they’re saying is a chant that’s just completely disrespectful to the black race. As far as that lady goes — man, that’s an old lady, man. Let that lady be.”
The slippery slope notwithstanding, it’s rather convenient that Gibow would be introduced to a rap song that heavily employs the n-word in its lyrics. Still, James isn’t one to cast stones in this instance.
“It’s hard to ridicule somebody for something that you continue to use in your music,” he said. “Every (hip-hop) artist is using the n-word in their music — hit records with the n-word in it. You can’t be upset when somebody says it. You can’t. It’s hard to differentiate when you can use it. If we don’t want the word used and the word holds such a negative connotation, then we shouldn’t use it at all, period.”
Don’t get it twisted; just because James let the SAE house mother slide doesn’t mean he was cool with the actions of the frat.
“I don’t respect that at all. What kind of world are we living in here?” he asked in reference to the viral video that got SAE banned from Oklahoma University.
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