What did Malcolm-Jamal Warner say about J. Cole? ‘The Cosby Show’ star discussed his disdain for the liberal use of the N-word

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner at the 65th GRAMMY Awards. (Image via Getty/ Frazer Harrison)

On June 10, American actor and singer Malcolm-Jamal Warner launched his new podcast Not All Hood (NAH) and opened up about his disdain for the liberal use of the words “n*gga” and “b*tch” in the current hip-hop culture.

“There are MCs who I love, who I cannot listen to anymore. I love J. Cole but I had to stop listening to J. Cole because I got tired of hearing ‘n*gga’ and ‘b*tch’ every two sentences… As an artist, it feels lazy,” The Cosby Show star shared.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner went on to say that J. Cole has “proven himself to be such an incredible lyricist,” but his “regularity” in using the explicit terms was unappreciated by him.

For the debut episode of his latest podcast titled Welcome Comrades, Warner was joined by his co-hosts, internet personalities Candace Kelly and Weusi Baraka. A part of their conversation was about rap lyrics in the current world and overuse of the N-word, among other profanities.


Malcolm-Jamal Warner considers the use of the N-word in hip-hop as “corny”

In the inaugural episode of the Not All Hood podcast, Malcolm-Jamal Warner expressed his distaste for the excessive use of the N-word and similar other NSFW terms.

“I think why I’m more against it now is because it’s used so gratuitously. It’s used without regard. At this point, for me, in Hip Hop, I think there should be a moratorium on both of those words in hip-hop. It’s low-hanging fruit. It’s so easy. Everybody f*cking does it to the point that it’s corny,” he stated.

The Malcolm & Eddie actor further shared how he is a fan of rapper and record producer J. Cole but no longer listens to his music for the same reason, despite loving his songwriting skills.

The 53-year-old also said that the use of such explicit words was part of the “marketing,” while Candace Kelly agreed with him and said it was all about “consumerism.”

At this point, Weusi Baraka weighed in and said Martin Luther King also used the N-word regularly, to which Warner agreed but explained that he never used it publicly or in his speeches.

He also added that the N-word has been in use “forever,” but “every song did not have it,” and not every person uses it all the time in their day-to-day conversation.

Elsewhere in the bi-weekly podcast, which is currently streaming on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, the trio talked about the powerful impact of hip-hop music in the African-American community, the private and public lives of Black individuals, and the rich diversity of their experiences and identities in the USA, including masculinity, love, media representation, and more.


Last month, Malcolm-Jamal Warner exclusively told People Magazine that the idea behind his new podcast was to “have a space where we can really explore, discuss, and acknowledge” all the different facets of the Black community and not just “speak of it as a monolith.”

The Primetime Emmy nominee further shared that NAH will be his “safe space” to be his “most vulnerable” and allow himself to just be.

Edited by Dev Sharma
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