Rapper 50 Cent has defended ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G, whose act has been branded ‘racist’ by some viewers.

The 35-year-old, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, has become this year’s most controversial contestant, thanks to her take on a number of rap tracks.

But 50 has hit back at accusations that Honey G is ‘appropriating black culture’ or making a mockery of rap and hip hop, by saying that anyone who thinks the act is racist doesn't ‘know what racism really is’.

Honey G50 Cent has defended controversial ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G

Speaking to The Daily Star, 50 said: “People be crazy saying Honey G’s act is racist.

“For anybody who thinks a white person performing music of black origin is racist, you know they don’t know what racism really is.

“Come and speak to real victims of racism who have seen their kids shot up. These people complaining ain’t got a clue.

“A middle-aged white woman rapping along to Dre and Tupac ain’t even close to being racist.

“She is entertaining, and I guarantee there is not going to be a hip-hop artist in the world who is going to be offended by her.

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He added: “I would like to see her go far, at least she is bringing some happiness into the world. My message to her is haters always gonna hate, rise above it.”

50 is not the first rapper to voice his support for Harrow-born Honey.

Last month Snoop Dogg told the Daily Star: "I am happy to see Simon [Cowell] is finally giving real hip-hop talent a chance on the show, it's been a long time coming.

"Straight up, you can tell Honey G comes from the streets."

But other artists are less than impressed.

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John Legend, who mentored the contestants last week, later told The Mirror: ”You know; people are obviously getting caught up in the novelty of it.”

Speaking about her decision to perform Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ on Saturday night’s show he added: “The song she had chosen, I thought, heightened the novelty of her because it was referencing another novelty act, which I thought wasn't the best idea, so I told her that. What else do you want me to say?!”

Last week Boy George also weighed in, telling Good Morning Britain: "I think she'll be a great Britain's Got Talent contestant.”

"For a singing show, it's ridiculous. The fact that Freddy got sent home and other people got sent home and she got kept, it's like a joke.”

On Sunday night’s show Honey, who is being mentored by Sharon Osborne, was declared safe after her rendition of ‘Ice Ice Baby’. Osbourne’s other act in the over 25 category, Relley C was sent home after reaching the bottom two with group Four of Diamonds.