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Tom Hanks' Son, A Rapper, Defends Use Of 'Nigga'

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Tom Hanks' son is a rapper named Chet Haze. Haze gets a little bit of attention because he's Tom Hanks' son and a rapper, which folks think is goofy. Thus, most of the attention is negative, and Chet raged against the haters in an Instagram post earlier this week.

"2 types of people in this world: those who know exactly what it is they want and are doing everything they can to get it; and those who just wander aimlessly through life because they are scared to death of failure. I've lost a lot of so called friends cuz they turned out to be the second kind. Fuck yall hating ass niggaz I'll never stop chasing my dream," he writes.

2 types of people in this world: those who know exactly what it is they want and are doing everything they can to get it; and those who just wander aimlessly through life because they are scared to death of failure. I've lost a lot of so called friends cuz they turned out to be the second kind. Fuck yall hating ass niggaz I'll never stop chasing my dream OneLifeOneGodOneLove

A photo posted by (@chethanx) on

The word "Niggaz" here is controversial, because Chet is obviously a very privileged white person. It was also discovered that he recently wrote "Check out the song me and my nigga @chillthatdude just dropped on my Soundcloud" on another Instagram post. Haze addressed the controversy today in an Instagram video, and he isn't backing down from his language.

If I say the word nigga I say it amongst people I love and who love me. If I say "fuck yall hatin ass niggaz" it's because that's really how I felt at the time. And I don't accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can't say. That's something we call FREE SPEECH. Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crowe era might have strong feelings against this. And that's understandable... But what I'm saying is this is 2015... And even tho we are still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and fucked up system... We have also reached a point where the word can no longer have a negative connotation if we so choose. And who is to say only black people can use it? The way I see it, it's a word that unifies the culture of HIP-HOP across ALL RACES, which is actually kind of a beautiful thing. It's a word that can be used out of camaraderie and love, not just exclusively for black people. What's the point in putting all these built up "rules" about it. It's time to let go. You can hate me or love me for it, but can't nobody tell me what I can or can't say. It's got nothing to do with trying to be a thug. It's about the culture of the music. And that's all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol. It's all love. Some people will get it, some people won't. Either way, Ima keep living my life however the fuck I want. ALL LOVE. A video posted by LA / WORLD WIDE (@chethanx) on

What do you think? If you're wondering if this guy has any skills, here's a video we pulled up from YouTube.

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