Larry King doesn’t appreciate hip-hop music, but he respects it at least. In an interview with VICE, the talk-show host supreme discussed his feelings towards rap culture, an opinion he’s built this year based off conducting interviews with many rappers in 2014. Read the full sit-down here, and some highlights below.
“I don’t appreciate Hip Hop, but if it’s good Hip Hop, and people like it, I understand it finding its audience.”
On the “N” word:
Well it’s been a major topic in the world. The word is a terrible word when done by a white man. It’s a terrible word when said on the football field, especially by a white athlete to a black athlete. But in the black culture, it is not a terrible word when used to talk to each other. I make no judgements. I understand it. I understand that a black person might use the word in an often complimentary about another black person—while it is never complimentary for a white person to use it… just as it is never complimentary for someone to say, “kyke,” or “wop.” I don’t like the Washington Redskins name. I don’t like prejudice of any kind like that. But if a Native American wants to use terminology referring to another Native American, that’s their perogative.