Already listened when you posted it earlier. It sounds like some people trying to make excuses for saying the n word. I didn't hear any arguments in there that I bought. Most hip-hop artists use the n word as a generic word for black people and not solely as a term of endearment, the way they try to say it is.
In addition I think OF's use of ****** makes some lines more gut-punching. There are moments on Bastard where Tyler uses it and his voice is practically acidic. It's like extreme gore in a horror movie, it makes your stomach turn a little but in a good way. When it works, it adds to the dark quality of the music (although it fails plenty).
Well, they are some of the leading scholars on the topic -- so, I'll defer to their wisdom. I'm not going to even attempt trying to guess and paint generalities over what "most" hip-hop artists are trying to do.
And again, I don't think using a word with that kind of extreme negative history, used with such a negative connotation, does anything besides reinforce the idea that homosexuality is a negative quality and strengthen (and excuse) others that decide to use the word on a daily basis. Not to mention the kind of damage
it does to those that are gay and have been called these kinds of names daily -- it simply compounds the idea that they are
second class citizens and have done something wrong simply by being who they are.