No, rappers and hip hop artists don't have a responsiblity to stop using the "n" word, but they do need to wake up and realize the effect and influence they have on our youth and be more responsible for the way they present themselves.
I get so angry over this because people always blame rappers for using the "n" word, like they invented it or something - What about Hollywood? Tell them to stop using it! And that includes the Black film makers who think they have a "pass"! Tell them to stop using it too! Don't just target rappers, they're not the only ones at fault! Tell Black parents to stop it! We can't have a prejudice and bias stance on this; its universal; there's no one "group" at fault - We all are!
What really makes me mad is that everyone's so quick to accept all these societal labels like "Negro" (which is just as bad), "African-American" or "Urban" and "Inner-City Youth" (what the hell is that!?), and believe it or not some people still say "Colored People" or "People of Color"; those are the worst! Call us what we are. . .Blacks! Why are we so quick & eager to accept being labeled like leftovers in the fridge? Why aren't we complaining about that? We call the Chinese, Chinese, and not Chinese-American. We call Whites, White, not White-Americans, etc... So why do Blacks have all these "sub-titles" & "labels"? Again, I say NO, rappers don't have a responsiblity to stop using the "n" word. . .America does!