Kendrick Lamar is splitting fan opinion today after a controversial appearance on Sunday at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He was the headline act at the festival, and pulled three different members of the crowd up on stage to perform with him at different times during the set. The third fan, a white girl named Delaney, was keen to prove that she was a big fan and joined him in rapping explicit song M.A.A.D City, assuring the Pulitzer Prize winner that she 'got him' and knew all the words. Just seconds into the song, however, Lamar cut the music and called the fan out for rapping the full lyrics of the song which include the n-word multiple times. Delaney ended up saying the word three times in total, and when she was stopped she was confused about the crowds loud boos.
Kendrick Lamar brought a white fan on stage to rap "m.A.A.d City"....and then she dropped the n-word 🤐 pic.twitter.com/JeMaI0UsBv— MASS APPEAL (@MassAppeal) May 21, 2018
Lamar asks the crowd if they should allow her to continue, and they give a mixed reaction but she picks up where she left off and manages to avoid the word for a while before stumbling and using it again as a lyric. She's quickly asked to leave the stage as the crowd heckles and boos her, despite her trying to explain that she was just 'used to singing it like [Lamar] wrote it.’ Fans are torn over the incident, with some supporting the rapper and the audience but others have started calling him out for looking for publicity. One Twitter user wrote: 'The biggest set up ever. 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" and another echoed their sentiment, writing 'I lost mad respect for my top 5 rapper. 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.'
Kendrick Lamar stops his concert because the girl that he brought on stage to sing HIS song says all the lyrics & because she’s white she’s not supposed to say the N word that’s in the song? Kendrick can take the L for that. Don’t use the word if you don’t want ur fans saying it.— Versace Stoner (@JoeVargas) May 21, 2018
The incident has sparked debate about whether or not white people can use the N-word when they're rapping along to the lyrics of black musicians, with people of all races weighing in with their opinions. In the clip, it's clear that Lamar was under the impression that Delaney would skip over the word when she joined in with the rap as the first two members of the crowd did before her. She wasn't explicitly told to leave it out, though, so some are wondering whether she can be blamed for excitedly rapping what are the official set of lyrics. Delaney has since deleted her Twitter and it's not known how she feels about the matter, Kendrick refused a request for comment from the Daily Mail.