Between Gwenyth Paltrow rapping NWA and a Republican Senator quoting Wu Tang, it seems the media can’t get enough of hip-hop in odd places- notably in the mouths of white women. And perhaps, the fascination is in the incongruity of it all: blonde haired blue-eyed women quoting a genre created by their social opposites- black men.

In this climate, along comes Kreayshawn- a white girl rapping more seriously than Gwenyth and with a credibility backed by well-known names in the rap game. When the self-described cinematographer, and “rap beast” from the Bay dropped the video for her song, “Gucci, Gucci,”  many blogs referenced her as the girl who was down with fellow Bay stars, Odd Future or the pint sized girl rapper who directed videos for Lil’ B. She found praise even outside the rap blog circle with mainstream feminists’ favorite site Jezebel noting:

It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to get her infectious song out of her your head upon listening, and you just might end up adding some of her fab phrasing like “swag pumping out my ovaries” into your everyday vocabulary.

But while “Gucci, Gucci” is getting nods, it’s Kreayshawn’s real-life vocabulary that has me shaking my head.

Shortly after the video first broke on Friday, Kreayshawn took to Twitter, expressing her excitement with her viral hit. After Snoop Dogg reached out to the new star for her to hit him through direct message, Kreayshawn tweeted a message seemingly directed to excited fans and freeloading acquaintances alike:

Reading Kreayshawn’s tweet and seeing the lack of expected uproar at her use of a racial slur, I had to wonder: do hip-hop’s broadening horizons extend the N-word to white rappers as well?

Thinking back to the moment that was “The Eminem Takeover,” it seemed the one boundary the controversial rapper seemed to heartily acknowledge was using the N-word. Eminem’s avoidance of the word became a key component to his brand, so much so that NPR even told its readers to consider “What would Eminem do?” when questions on use of the racial slur rose up in reaction to Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s infamous racial barrage.

In fact, in 2003 when The Source uncovered a decade old freestyle tape with the rapper seemingly uttering the slur, many fans refused to believe the tape was authentic. Asked his take on white people using the N-word, Eminem said:

“If a white kid came up to me and said it, I probably would look at him funny. And if given the time to sit down with him I’d say, ‘Look, just don’t say the word. It’s not meant to be used by us.’”

It’s been a long ways since 2003 and the rap game has seen many changes since Eminem ruled airwaves and cultural discussions. But in some ways the N-word discussion has never died down. Now, as hip-hop continues to be adapted by new personalities like Kreayshawn, is it unreasonable to assume the norms and habits won’t be adapted as well?

Channeling her inner DMX, Kreayshawn throws around the N-word as comically as an imitation of X’s trademark barking style rap. But as the Minnie Mouse inspired girl rapper hits a cultural landmine for blacks and whites alike, will hip-hop nonchalantly nod along to her ovary pumping swag?

Tell us what you think of Kreayshawn dropping the N-word?  Will hip-hop fans embrace the “Gucci, Gucci” rapper regardless of her using a racial slur? Share your thoughts with us, Clutchettes- speak up and weigh in!

  • BluTopaz

    I am so tired of ignorant Black people who are ok with this, and rap “artist” representing all of Black America. If this little ugly white troll used this word at me I would spit in her face, let’s see her drop a rhyme about that.

  • Jennifer

    Kreayshawn is the least of our problems. In fact, she and her n-word usage doesn’t make the list.

    I wish this was posted under the new music/video section because I will like to note a few things: I didn’t really like the song nor find it terribly catchy, but I am probably not the demographic (at 34 years old) she, or anyone really, is targeting. Secondly, doesn’t she have black female friends she could include in her video*? :( I can see her really getting along with a lot of young black women I know.

    * I watched the video quickly so I may have missed them.

  • BluTopaz

    eta: I think Black Americans under, say 30 years old, should be forced to sit and watch civil rights era footage. Revisionist history being what it is, in 50 years wikipedia will say the n-word began circa 1988 with Black people as a term of endearment, like some kinda messed up 1984 reference.

  • Robin Nicole

    Within the past 5-6 years there has been this whole white girl from the hood thing happening, from numerous blogs, to “designer labels”, to white girl rappers. These girls are really profiting from the same stereotype that earn black women such labels as hood rat, ghetto, uneducated, etc. It’s really quite interesting to watch… It seems like this type of behavior is more welcomed, even celebrated when it comes from white women, but looked down upon coming from black women. I am struggling to understand it.

  • http://recycledwanderer.tumblr.com anony

    great observation. i can’t really wrap my head around it in a coherent way that makes sense other than, “LOL. white women can do anything and it becomes quirky and cute.”

  • Tomi-chan

    It’s not like she called anyone a nigger. “Nigga” the friendlier slur is used everyday in contemporary rap. I hear black, white, asian people call each other nigga on a daily basis. Hell I have even heard a black man call a white man “his nigga” but get offended when the homie tried to return the affection. Some epic fail kinda sh*t right there.

  • Tomi-chan

    P.S. Home girl from the UK, Lady Sovereign, did the whole white female rapper thing first. Both are unquestionably better than anything mainstream hip-hop has slow birthed this past year.

  • Dawn

    I agree. I hear it all the time too by different races, it seems to be more common placed among teenagers who are now growing up in melting pots and adopting hip hop’s language. I have two good friends – one Asian and white and other Puerto Rican and white – who grew up in predominantly black areas, and regularly use the word, and none of us bat an eye. How can someone justify, “Well, I can say it, but you can’t!” Like Tomi-chan said, can you expect a black dude to call a white dude that, and then get upset when the white dude says the word back?

  • ty

    Her name is NOT Kreayshawn, it’s Natasha.
    She is NOT from nobody’s hood more like Berkeley.
    It’s not okay for her to use the N-word.
    She profits and exploits poor blacks from Oakland via her videos.
    She is as white and privileged as all get out.
    Natasha, is trying to gain “street cred” which I don’t understand.
    Her songs SUCK, she can’t rap & she’s fugly.
    Will she make it ? Possibly, but she is trying to be the white female version of Lil B’.

  • Lulu

    Why does everyone want to say THIS paryicular racial slur?

  • Dawn

    Tomi-chan – I actually was excited to see a “break from the norm,” meaning a female rapper – not involving race – who’s not selling sexuality and actually seems to have talent. I wish the rap industry wasn’t so male-dominated – the ONLY female rapper out now doing well is Nick Minaj, but she sells the ditsy, oversexualized barbie persona – and would’ve loved to turn on a similar video from a black female rapper. I just miss the 80′s when confident, strong, fully clothed women rapped about ANYTHING but their bodies or s e x.

  • rapzolot

    @Ty…She is anything from privileged. Being a relation, I know this for a fact. She did all of this on her own. Dude get your facts straight, before you post stuff about my niece. Her name might be Tasha, but nobody today used their real names in the Hip Hop Biz. She is based in Oakland, and not Berkley. And to your comment “Will She Make It?” Since the video dropped she has already recorded with Travis Barer, and today is laying down a Track with Snoop Dogg, who Tweeted her the other day to ask for her contact info, and said, “You have a big fan in Snoop Dogg. So I’d have to say she is on her way. You can hate on her all ya want, but ya ain’t gonna stop her…

  • Tomi-chan

    I agree with you to an unhealthy extent– haha my head might just nod off my body from co-signing! And don’t even get me started on Miss Minaj. Have you noticed that most female musicians in the mainstream have had to dramatically change their persona in order to stay on top? If you listen to Beyonce, or Nicki, or even Keri and Lady Gaga’s earlier stuff there music was more about being in charge (sexuality and otherwise) now all I hear? Love songs and pussy popping… or being a “powerful/pretty/plucky girl” honey, you are a woman. Let them hear you roar.

    As a 90s baby I was privileged with only a couple minutes worth of what our gender can do as far as rapping and lyricism goes. I listen to rap for the rhymes not the catchy beats.

  • Tomi-chan

    These words really have no power anymore in my opinion. I don’t see whites, asians, or blacks and latinos going on TV calling each other one of the other racial slurs. However “guido” and “nigger” and “wetback” are commonly used in their respective communities out of endearment or comic relief.

    I really don’t know anyone who understands why the histories of terms make them so offensive. To them nigger and nigga are two different seats at a baseball game. It’s all about the exposure, I guess.

  • SRenda

    She says ‘bitch’ a lot more than she says ‘nigga’ #Yawn

  • SRenda

    She says ‘bitch’ more than she says ‘nigga’ #yawn

  • Clnmike

    The youngsters throw this word around with ease and no thought about it and the old heads have no one to blame but themselves. Quentin Taratino cant make a movie with out the N-word in it, all races use some variation of it friendly or not. And black people’s silence and support for those who use it is as good as a co-sign.

  • Chrissy

    I always wanted to know the answer to that too LuLu. Why the obsession with ‘nigga’ so much? I really wonder bout other groups of people who complain when they cant say the word ‘nigga’ it really makes me wonder some times.

  • Ravi

    Although they don’t get a lot of mainstream attention, there are quite a few female lyricists still doing it. Jean Grae is one of the best lyricists of any gender. Her flow is infinitely better than the girl featured in this article.

  • Jess

    “blonde haired blue-eyed women”

    Neither of the two women they show in this picture is blonde-haired and blueeyed. People kill me making every white person blonde, when 99.9% are out of the same bottle Beyonce and Keri Hilson use.

    Also, isn’t it grrrrreat that Black women are getting systematically pushed out of their own culture they created, particularly R&B (did anyone see Christina Aguilara at the Aretha Franklin tribute), music videos,off of 106&Park, TV, so that Black girl performers no longer have jobs in the industry (acting or music) and have to suffer through crappy covers and copies by white people copying our style (BADLY)? Isn’t that grrrreat??

    I seriously doub that these women will get calledd bitches and hoes and all other names thatthey called th Black women so proudly. Pathetic. Anyway, it’s cool – Black women will just make a new style and it’ll be all the hotness, and everyone will be trying to copy as usual.

  • TB

    Not to be rude but is this really the type of material you want to stand up for, regarding your family. I’m glad the stereotypical girl that she is depicting did not make this track because I think I would really be offended. Will this be a funny one hit wonder, probably because everyone likes when the proposed standard and ‘typical’ embrace and exploit a stereotype. Congrats to your family for making another ‘Fail’. By the way, this is a comment on the music not your family so please don’t get your “peeps” to voice their concern, it would just look common.

  • Jess

    And BTW, the Black rappers have been spitting out the ‘N” word forever now, so they’ve made it acceptable to use. They sound like idiots, and the white ones who use it sound like idiots too.

    Hip Hop seems to have trashed everything about Black people anyway (we’re all pimps, hoes, gangstas, bitches, and basically the trash of the earth in so many artists estimation already) so why not add one more stupid thing to the list? Some white chick hollering out the “N” word is just the natural progression of Hip Hop. It’s the least of our worries. The fact that some people will get on here using that old, tired, worn out excuse that “N*gga” has no power shows you what kind of people you’re dealing with who support Hip Hop.

    I’m over it. It’s time for Hip Hop to die now anyway, so much of it SUCKS! Like this crap. And I’m 23.

    Black women, Hip Hop is death for you. Don’t support it or any more of it’s trash. Get out while you can.

  • http://www.ramou.tumblr.com Ramou

    This is such a great observation and I’m embarrassed that I haven’t put this together for myself. How differently we view the same types of behavior across race is not anything new (What if the Tea Party were Black? etc.), but I haven’t really noticed any music and/or hip-hop writers address this particular subset of the black/white dichotomy, but think that they definitely should be addressing it. If I’ve missed any articles that do address this, please let me know.

  • Quell

    This is becoming truly annoying to me. When a white girl does something like rap or sing r&b(Joss stone), they get so much praise and attention for it, yet a black woman doing the same has to work so hard to prove herself. Also the N- word should not be used by anyone especially a white person because of the history behind the word. Though only 22, this is why I choose to listen to old school rap music because it has gotten out of hand, nothing makes sense anymore, and there is no message behind the words, everyone that drops a song is a hot mc today.

  • Jennifer

    @ Lulu: I wonder that myself. I am sick and tired of all those that spend time telling those of us that don’t use the word that we shouldn’t be offended because rappers use the word. When did I give away my right not to be insulted? No white, Asian, or whatever should ever use that word in any form without a prior agreement with that individual. While, I don’t find this particularly egregious, she could not have had this prior agreement with her 200,000 followers.

  • Lulu

    Question: do you hear blacks call each other racial slurs given to other ethnic groups?

  • lester fangs

    ummmm you do know that is not a direct slur or use of the word Nigga right? It’s actually a DMX quote….Dumb as circle jerk bloggers and over analytical know nothing writers need to stop trying to brew up controversies and backlash in attempts to generate hits. This isn’t about race, class, gender or anything of the sort…its about you using the name Kreayshawn because it’s a hot topic.

  • Tomi-chan

    As I said, the slurs have been used by their respective races and it is because of their exposure people think they can say it without consequence. I haven’t heard a black person call another black person a wetback, but to a white kid? Yes. Or both to another race. Same thing with guido. However “nigga” is undeniably a friendly term.

    Also, cholo is another one that irks me because people have gotten so damn friendly with it.

  • Deech

    i think it has a lot to do with blacks being trendsetters for american pop culture. notice how most things that black people like, then mainstream seems to catch hold of it and commercializes off of it.

    rap music is a definite example of how it was once not even a blip on the radar, but in time, it has become a global phenomenon.

    black people (especially the younger generation) have given allowance to others to use the enwurd as a ‘term of endearment’ and plus i know a black guy who likes it when his white chick calls him that in a fit of anger, because it’s cute when she says it, and he can punish her sexually for it later.

    on a whole, people look to black people for ‘what’s hot’ in their neck of the woods and they take their cues from that. case in point: why do you think it’s easy for the media to attack the black woman’s image? Because they see black people can not protect them, even joining in with demonization, so they’re easy pickins.

    i’m not saying that my reason sticks, but it makes sense to me that this one of the factors that makes it easy for the enwurd to roll off the tongue so easily with no recourse.

  • http://www.thebeautifulstruggler.com Jamilah Lemieux

    Most White folks with ANY common sense remove the N-word, even when quoting Rap lyrics.That tweet aside, this woman is wack, wack, WACK! The name, the appropriated “sista girl” steez, the rapping. Ugh. She’s trash, but most hipster darlings are more show than prove. Hopefully, this moment will pass quickly.

  • Ravi

    exactly, this is worse than that Friday song.

  • Deech

    She’s mad whack, but if she gets props from Snoop and other black folks, it’s no surprise that she’ll be around for a while.

    Note: i have nothing against the whole IR thing between bm/ww meme, but i do notice that nowadays when it comes to non-black women appropriating anything from black culture, they get a pass, whereas it would be soooo different and not as acceptable had this been any ol’ black girl from around the way.

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  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    welp… idc if she uses the N-word. *shrugs* I live in Washington Heights, so all i hear ALL DAY are Hispanics using the N-word like that ish originated in DR. It’s basically to the point where the word ‘nigga’ means ‘dude…’ and just as the word ‘like’ seems to find it’s way into sentences without people even thinking about it, so the does the N-word… I’ve said ‘Look at this White/Black/Spic nigga right here’ many, MANY times without even thinking about it.

    And besides, go to a Wiz Khalifa/Lil Wayne/Big Sean concert and guess who makes up most of the crowd? White kids that know every word to the lyrics… INCLUDING the N-word. Google ‘Nicki Minaj/Disney’ right now and you’ll get clips of MIchelle Trachtenberg, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez rapping about how ‘he might sell coke.’ Look at Miley Cyrus. For the love of God, look at Justin Bieber and his ‘swag coach.’ Once hip-hop/hip-hop culture went mainstream and popular, ie, becoming the most prolific ‘culture’ in the US, White folks adopted everything about it. Including use of the N-word. So unless you want to drive rap back underground or outlaw White people from listening to it, get used to it.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    And she may be wack but… no wacker than Gucci Mane or Waka Flocka Flame, who she’s CLEARLY emulating. And niggas go ham to those fools every day so… dont hate on her skills (or lack thereof) just cuz she’s White, if youre ‘going hard in the muthafucking paint’ every weekend

  • http://www.storageauctionguru.com Glendon Cameron

    (((Sigh!)))

    What the hell did y’all think was going to happen?

    With the copious use of the word, by so many rappers, comedians, actors and the random person in the street, it was bound to cross over and become not so “offensive” when used by non black folks, the pure volume of the word can be overwhelming in our society. This is just the beginning.

    Now white people can call you “nigga” give you dap and smile in your face, and it is all cool homie????

    So who is the joke really on?? I know I am long wolf on this, I don’t use the freakin word in any form and think, if as much effort went into education about our history as the endless debates about this word, we would be so much better off as a people.

    #colormenotsurprised

  • Ravi

    Yeah, I stopped using it a few years ago when I realized they weren’t even censoring it on network tv anymore. I realized how far things had gone towards becoming Bamboozled after I saw Will Ferrell’s Coconut Banger’s Ball skit several years ago.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    ps i like this song… she clearly has a lot of Gucci Mane/Waka Flocka influence so I find it really funny that people are on here saying shes ass… are you going hard in the muthafuckin paint every weekend? cuz if so, youre probably a hypocrite

  • Ravi

    I agree, she is no worse than Gucci and Waka — two of the lamest, talentless “artists” to make it big since Master P. I would say she is about on their level of ass.

    I don’t hate on white rappers for being white. If you have flow then you have flow.

  • answer

    @Dawn

    I’m a man. Shutup b*tch! Now do you understand???? It’s about being in the group of power using a word that has been used to stifle any kind of growth and development in the minority groups.

    That whole “everyone’s saying it” excuse so I’m not racist is about as weak as “i have a blk friend” so im not racist. If you were really “down,” you would be understanding enough to not even play w/ that boundary.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    lmao at ‘dumb ass circle jerk bloggers and overanalytical know nothing writers’ *high five*

    i see this article/brewing debate as more of a generational divide than anything else… as someone said earlier, those of us born after 1980, heck, ill even give you 1985, just dont view the word the same way as those born before that time period. but dont blame us… blame the rappers that made the shit cool to say in the first place. cuz im pretty sure everyone in this thread that listens to rap has belted out the N-word at least once

    ‘wtf you want from a nigga?!’

  • http://AirInDanYell.tumblr.com Erin

    In most of the underground/up-and-coming rappers lyrics in Cali (where I suppose she is from) young rappers like Lil’ B to OFWGKTA (I think Left Brain is in the video smoking a blunt with her) use the word like it’s nothing. In fact, most of the young Black male rappers hang out with mainly white/non-Black girls and they have mainly white fans, so this isn’t the least bit surprising to me. People throw the word, “Nigga” around like it’s nothing nowadays, and although I do find it offensive when I hear/see groups of young white people walking around acting hood/using racial slurs with their crews, it’s really on an “I knew this was going to happen eventually” level. It did annoy me back in HS when my Black friends would call their white friends their “nigga(s)” though. It never made a bit of sense to me, but if white people wanna be down that hard, so be it. Just don’t be surprised when they’ll be quick to call you a “Nigger” when they get mad.

    Also, a white girl rapping with hella tattoos calling herself “Kreayshawn” is such an obvious gimmick it’s ridiculous to me. I doubt she’ll get that big nationwide.

  • Deech

    You’re not alone, Glendom. I don’t use the word AT ALL and I school any idiot who dare uses that term around me, be they black, white, latino, asian, whatever.

    Like you, there are still black folks out there with sense to know not to play the game with today’s pop culture.

  • http://AirInDanYell.tumblr.com Erin

    Also, she’s apparently a part of some group that she calls White Girl Mob, which features herself and a few other “white” girls… LOL It’s so random.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    ‘The youngsters throw this word around with ease and no thought about it and the old heads have no one to blame but themselves.’

    THIS. ALL OF THIS.

    i basically wrote the same comment before i read yours lol. when we (cuz im assuming shes aronud my age) were growing up, what were our parents, etc, listening to? the hip-hop that was sweeping the mainstream… the Public Enemy, the Wu-Tang, the Ruff Ryders/DMX, the Outkast, heck, even the ‘conscious’ rappers, Q-Tip/A Tribe Calle Quest, Common, etc… and they were ALL USING THE N-WORD. dont get mad now, were a product of our environments

    *cudi voice* NIGGA

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    *around

  • Jennifer

    I am with you. I cannot understand why people insist on using it. Reclaim my ass. Maybe that is part of the problem, always trying to reinvent instead of invent.

  • Jennifer

    I am an old. I don’t even know who those two are…

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    i also think its interesting the way people want to talk about White (and in this case, female) rappers/singers are appropriating Black culture… but nobody points out that A LOT of Black culture is Eurocentric in the first place. i mean, somebody said something about how Joss Stone and other White soul singers are appreciated while Black artists have to work so much harder… but look at Beyonce or Keri Hilson! With that weaved up straight blonde hair and light skin, their only one step away from White girls themselves. Or compare this girl to NIcki Minaj… id probably rather watch Kreayshawn than Nicki Minaj’s wigged up parody of a Black girl… or as someone else stated, chuck the mainstream crap altogether and listen to Jean Grae, etc

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    *theyre

  • d_nicegirl

    Where’s the Drop Squad when you need ‘em? @ answer – wonderful retort! Any Black woman who sits around letting her white friends constantly use that word is beyond an idiot.

  • Dawn

    @Answer. You’re missing the point. Let’s look at your use of the b-word, which you meant to use in a very rude, mean way. Unfortunately, most male rappers now use the b-word interchangeably to mean “woman” in music. It’s horrifying that it’s so common place. Heck, even female rappers now refer to themselves as b-words, calling their friends b’s, etc.,

    Not all the rappers and guys who refer women as b-words may not actually hate women, they’ve just adopted women-hating language because it’s unfortunately become the norm, and most people happen to be followers versus leaders. Does it have a horrible effect on society? Yes. Do I think these rappers intentionally are trying to say they hate all women? No.

    Do I think that Kreayshawn is trying to say she hates black people? No. Do I think her, other races and even any black person using the n-word has negative effect? Yes.

  • Tomi-chan

    @Jennifer

    You are not missing out, I swear. Save yourself the IQ points.

  • getoveryourselves

    A word can only tear people down if they let it, People should think outside the box, perhaps if everyone was afforded equal speech when the word first came around the first conversation that the n word was used in might have went a little like this :

    (White racist) “Listen nigger you need to shut the hell up”
    (random black person) ” No nigger you need to shut the hell up”

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    i haven’t listened to a mainstream hip-hop album since 1993 (because that’s when it all started going to crap) so meh…

  • http://recycledwanderer.tumblr.com anony

    i didn’t bother listening to her song (doesn’t sound like my type), but if she sounds like gucci mane and/or wacka flocka then…yeah, i think she sucks. i don’t listen to the radio and especially not that crap. i mean, i like music.

  • Reason

    Why does everyone keep acting as if Snoop’s endorsement of this chick is the be-all and end-all. Snoop’s “midas touch” is about as potent as Diddy’s. And the latter has had at least a string of one-hit woders under his belt. The last time Snoop got into the female rapper business was back when having a token female rhymer in one’s crew was the in-thing and he was trying to push Doggie’s Angels on us. I’m not impressed by a Snoop Dogg co-sign. Not to mention, when is the last time Snoop had a hit?

  • http://recycledwanderer.tumblr.com anony

    thanks for the black and white outlook, dude.

    also: when the word “first came around” it was accompanied by beatings, lynchings, rapes, etc. so i kinda doubt peopel could just be like, “lol!!! w/e!”

  • d_nicegirl

    And I’ll take it even further, Reason. Isn’t Snoop the same clown that actually led Black women into an awards show half naked and chained at the neck with a pimp dressed as Bozo at his side?

    He is definitely not the keeper of the Dream.

  • http://www.storageauctionguru.com Glendon Cameron

    @ Ravi- WOW!!! I do not watch much TV, that was crazy, then again it speaks to the point I was making. If he did that 10 years ago, his career would have been over, now it all cool.

    @Deech- it is a long and weary battle to “school” folks, I have had to have the “talk” with most of the black women I dated,my folks are not and never were that. Keep fighting!

    @Jennifer- this is a wicked line-” always trying to reinvent instead of invent.” it speaks volumes of the condition, when we were inventing we were so much stronger as a people.

    What is really ironic in this situation , I do not think this chick , has a racist bone in her body, that is the nomenclature of a hip hop/ rap crazed culture. It does give even more license for those that slander us behind closed doors now to do in the dint of daylight.

  • jen

    People are worried about a little rapping white girl from California when individuals like “Mr. Ghetto” put out songs called “WalMart” and have girls twerking up and down the aisles and parking lots of your favorite super store.

    http://youtu.be/O1tufujnbzU

    Who am I more likely to be bothered by? Hmmmm.

  • iQgraphics

    ***cringe***
    I couldn’t get through 30 seconds of the wal-mart bounce.

    That little white girl rapping just makes me feel old.

    That wal-mart bounce makes me feel sad, ashamed, infuriated…

  • http://www.storageauctionguru.com Glendon Cameron

    I am laughing as I read this ” perhaps if everyone was afforded equal speech” when the constitution was written, free speech for the black man was the last thing on the founders of our country mind’s as they went home to whipped the slaves or sleep with the women.

    Black folks have been treated as full fledge human beings for about 40 years. Just to remind you about the insidious hate, that this word was packaged and wrapped in check out this “strange fruit ” http://tiny.cc/zcjar

    Everyone agrees that fecal matter, should be properly disposed of, this is verbal fecal matter that deserves the same treatment as it physical counterpart….

    I swear I wish black folks would fight for unity as hard as we fight to keep this damn word in the lexicon!

  • http://clutch Nettra

    3 words to sum it all up “A HOT MESS”

  • liz

    @Jen

    I agree!

  • Jess

    Hon, dying your hair blonde doesn not mean you’re appropriating white culture. Plenty of white people kept their hair their normal color and cover/copy/steal every bit of Black culture that they can. And if you’re going to use that argument, wayyy more whites have not only copied/covered/bit Black culture by stealing our look and sound, they have for years been trying to look like us by getting bigger butts, lip injections, and darker skin. Soplease get out of here with that.

    All the blonde hair in the world doesn’t change the fact that Beyonce is just doing typical music/look.sound/dances out of one aspect of Black culture (as there are many aspects to it).

    If an Indian man decided to do a play about Krishna and gives him blonde hair, it doesn’t mean he’s appropriating white culture – he may want a certain look, but Krishna is strictly 100% outof the Indian culture – nothing to do with white people. I mean, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Chris Tucker love Bruce Li and have been in movies doing karate and martial arts in the kind of clothees and styles that Black people wear. It does not change the fact that they are just some Black people doing an Asian art form. In fact, Bruce Li even had his hair dyed blond-ish once and he was still doing a martial arts form from Chinese culture – his bad dye job had nothing to do with white culture in his culture.

    Sorry, babe, you’re off base.

    Face it, whites and others try to copy Black culture all the time, half the time not even giving credit where credit is due.

  • Jess

    And Keri and Beyonce can’t help their light skin – the were born that way, sister. So don’t try to bash light skinned Blacks. Their hair looks terrible, but another story.

  • Jess

    THANK YOU, Glendon Cameron. Somebody with sense.

  • Jess

    I was just about to saythat, d_nicegirl. Why would anybody use Snoop as an example? He walked Black women aroundon dog leashes – now maybe the atupid women who allowed that would defend the usage of the “N’ word (I mean, after all they were OK with being chained like dogs), but I doubt anybody else would. And Tomi-Chan, get the heck out of here with your justification of the “N” word.

  • http://AirInDanYell.tumblr.com Erin

    OMFG. *holds head in complete and utter shame*

  • Isis

    I’m not angry she said Nigga. Black folks say it all day, every day. blah

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree then… I personally do think Beyonce is going through some kind of identity crisis with the trashy bleached blonde hair, and she just looks Whiter and Whiter every time I see her. And, yes, White people do emulate us, no argument there, but you’re INSANE if you don’t see the flipside of that coin, which is R&B/Hip-Hop glorification of lighter skin/lighter eyes/straighter hair/thinner noses/mixed race, etc… And of course Keri and Beyonce can’t help their skin color (or eye color, in the case of hazel-eyed singers like Keri and Rihanna) but their looks and status as yellowbones definitely had a hand in their popularity.

    Sorry if it’s not what you want to hear, but urban culture currently wants a White girl with a Black girl body and long, straight (good) hair, and ‘five star chicks’ like Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, and Beyonce fit the bill precisely (as do Spanish chicks, Middle Eastern girls… Anything that ain’t Black. Yet when we actually get a real White girl stepping into the role of ‘urban star,’ first thing we want to do is scream foul.

  • Ravi

    I think Will Ferrell did do this ten years ago. I don’t remember the exact year but I think I was still an undergrad when I first saw it. I stopped saying the N word around that time.

  • sli

    Snoop is desperately trying to stay relevant. He’ll co-sign anything.

  • sli

    “And Tomi-Chan, get the heck out of here with your justification of the “N” word.”

    Yeah, and take serenissima, Dawn, and Isis with you.

  • Lolabadchick

    HOW CAN BLACK PPL GET MAD AT OTHERS FOR USING THE “N-WORD”!!! IF FOLKS S T O P ABUSING THE DAM WORD THEN OTHER PPL WON’T USE IT!!!

    FOLKS ARE A L W A Y S!! COMPLAINING ABOUT SH*T!! THAT THEY PUT OUT FOR THE PUBLIC TO JUDGE!!

    I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE THE N WORD!! NIGGA, NIGGER IS THE SAME!! DON’T GET MAD, YOU PUT IT OUT THERE! YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tomi-chan

    lol I never justified the n word, but it’s fine if you wanna think that. I said that it’s hypocritical to get up in arms about when a white person uses it, but not when a black person. Also EXPOSURE to the use of the word makes people use it without fear of consequences. Actually read pl0x.

  • Ravi

    Not that I agree with anyone saying it, but I’m not seeing how it would be hypocritical to not accept whites saying the N word. Given the history of the word and its usage, I don’t see how it can be seen as the same coming from a white person vs. a black person. In order for it to be hypocritical, one would need to view black usage of the word as being no different than white usage. I don’t think too many people feel that way.

    Whenever you have a group, collective, or family of some sort, there will be certain ways of communicating with one another that are not alright for outsiders to engage in. I know several gay people that refer to each other as fags, but I don’t suggest you join in. I have seen girls calling each other bitch, but I would be a fool to think it is alright to do the same.

    Once again, I’m not condoning the use of the word by anyone, but I don’t see the hypocrisy of holding outsiders accountable for the racial undertones that usage by a non-black person will usually carry.

  • binks

    Agreed! I nor do the people I hang out with have this particular word in our jargon so I think it is a cop out to say that we all use it or give the pass with musicians, tv show, rappers, comedians, etc. who use it or people think it is okay because a black public figure did it, they don’t speak for me nor represent me. I wholeheartedly agree with Jennifer all this taking back a word and reclaiming it is bull, no matter which way you slice it the root of the word is insulting and nobody should use it. But unless a lot of us wake up we are going to continue to move around in quicksand….

  • Dawn

    I can care less if she uses it or not. If we’re going to get upset about the N-word, then just don’t limit it to White Folk using it… get upset when blacks use it too. Honestly, the word does not faze me one bit… But black folks keep it alive. It’s ridiculous how we let the N-word bother us. I find it funny to be honest!!!

  • Dawn

    @Sli… ur on the wrong article, but I guess u figured I would show up on this thread!

  • Reason

    Do black people appropriate white culture? It depends, if by “white culture” you mean “mainstream culture.” And also, are you expanding the definition appropriation to include “repurposing” an idea or ideal so that it is barely recognizable from its source. Of course, black people appropriate culturally significant things but the difference is that black people flip these things on their head to make it art and unique to our culture. I mean you could say black people appropriated the English language to create urban English slang. But again when black culture is approriated it isn’t “repurposed.”

    As far as hair color goes, specifically blonde hair, I don’t know what part of the country or world you live in but I rarely see black women walking around with bleached blonde hair. I’ve actually seen more unnatural hair colors like blue and fuchsia than blonde. Most black women-despite the high visibility of stars like Keri Hilson, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce-seem content with dark hair. Also, there is a stark contrast between the different art worlds-where black film/TV actresses all opt for dark hair when appearing on screen. Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Zoe Saldana, Halle Berry, Nia Long have never or rarely appeared with light hair dues. So it seems it’s just the demands of the music world. I guess acting requires a more natural, real world look. Where as in music, you have to stand out and be otherworldy i.e. Rihanna’s latest hair color incarnation or Nicki Minaj rainbow wig collection.

    Furthermore, I saw a survey that found that at least half of all black women actually wear their hair natural. I was actually shocked by that one. Actually, those outrageous hairstyles I see in the hood indeed proves that black women as a whole aren’t looking to white culture for aesthetic cues. So it seems what urban pop culture wants it ain’t getting. I also came across another interesting study of black women that found black women’s self-esteem are rarely impacted by images of white women. In fact, black women’s self-esteem seem to only drop when they saw images of other black women they thought were prettier.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    @Reason: if you read my original comment you’ll see that i do specify that im talking about the mainstream… ‘mainstream crap,’ to be specific. and i dont know what part of the world or country YOU live in, but i live in NYC where, the majority of the girls i see are permed, colored, and weaved up… yes, there is a thriving natural community, but is that the ‘mainstream?’ um, HELLS NO. AND, the point of the thread isnt to talk about actresses, but White girls appropriating Black/Hip-Hop/R&B culture… which OVERLY appreciates them in the first place. are the majority of the kids i see every day in New York City taking their cues from actresses like Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, and Angela Bassett? Again, HELLS NO. Theyre taking theyre cues from Queen Bey, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. Who are all light-skinned and have, at one point or another, been blonde… and all the hipsters are into White girls… CB is always talking about yellowbones, Theophilius London has a White girl as the lead in his new video, hell, even Kanye West has been photographed kissing a Becky recently.

    how old are most of the people in this thread? yall are out of touch… this girl is the stark reality of whats cool right now

  • FormallyKnownasDawn

    @answer…. u was about to get cussed out, but now I see I’m not the only Dawn on here… so I guess I will have to change my Sceen name!

  • Jess

    Serinissima, I don’t care how much bleach these Black girls put in their hair, they will never look white – they look like black girls with bad bleach jobs. And i agree with you about it looking trashy and terrible. sorry, but would you say that Mary J, Blige looks white? Or would you say that the trend is to have white girl with Black girl body if that was Mary in Beyonces place? People only say that when you’re light. So many of these Black stars have been bleaching their hair (and looking terrible, I agree), even since the 60s and 70′s.

    The trend IS to have fewer and fewer Black girls in music (and replace them with white fakes), I most definitely know that, but I think the bad dye applies across the board for Black chics, light skinned or dark skinned. Mary had it long before Beyonce. She’ll never be a white girl with a black girl body – beyonce is a black girl with a black girl body and a trashy blonde dye job.

  • Jess

    i also know the trend of having light skinned girls only 9it’s a quick way for them to move to white next), but it doesn’t change the fact that just cause they’re lighter, makes them whiter. you could say the trend is to have a light skinned chic, but you cant say a white girl with a black girls body for Beyonce, because she IS a black girl, thus naturally has a black girls body.

    Now in the case of Kreayshawn, you could use that argument if she had a shapely Black girl body – she’d be the trend of the white girl with black girl body, NOT beyonce, rhianna or nikki minaj – All black girls, black girl bodies, but preferred only because they’re light skinned back women and not dark skinned black women – just saying

  • Reason

    First, you totally ignored my argument. To look at it another way, you are essentially saying that black people want to be white, or since you dragged age into this, that black youth want to be white. And there is no emperical proof of this. Kreayshawn isn’t even mainstream, much less popular among black people writ large. She is currently a regional name. Just because a sub-set of black people (the Bay Area) are fawning over doesn’t mean that all black people are. I mean look how far the Hyphy and Krumping movements got respectively. Until she cracks the R&B/Hip-hop charts, I’m going to contend that most black people could care less about her and the appetite for white female hip-hop artists is still lackluckster.

    And I’m 30-years old, a gen-y-er or millennial, so I’m not that old. I’m not claiming to have my pulse on everything that’s going on out there in urban/hip-hop culture but down here in South Florida (and even in Atlanta where I spent some time) I’ve rarely come across black women or girls with blonde hair. Yes, black women straighten their hair but straight hair isn’t exclusive to white people. Asian, Hispanic, Native American (or Indian) and Arab/Middle Eastern people also have straight hair. And since straightening black hair has been going on since the turn of the 20th century, one could argue that straight hair is a part of black culture. Straightening hair is older than Rock & Roll music which black people also created. Straightening hair is bigger than looking white, it’s now an aesthetic thing. Black people straighten hair like other cultures bind feet or elongate necks-things that go against nature.

    And I don’t know what dating outside one’s race has to do with appropriating another culture. So what Kanye or black hipsters date white women? I know white men who date black women and remain as WASP-y as all get out. Heck, I’ve dated white guys and I haven’t dyed my hair blonde or lightened my skin. So let’s not drag interracial dating into the issue, since you seem to have an ironic/double standard thing about remaining on topic.

    You’re just all over the map b/c you bring up black hipsters. But is hipsterism a mainstream thing? And a light-skinned black person and a white person aren’t one in the same thing. So you’ve lost me there. Having a preference for “yellow bones” isn’t the same as having thing for “white women.” There’s a very interesting gender component to this because light-skinned black men aren’t considered to be closely aligned with white men. If a black woman said she wanted a yellow bone man, no one would accuse her of wanting something close to white masculinity. Light-skinned black men have managed to retain some of their black masculinity while their female counterparts are stripped of their black femininity. Colin Powell, Michael Ealy, Will Smith, Chris Brown are all black men not white male wannabes.

  • Ravi

    While it is debatable whether or not many black people consciously want to be white (doubtful), I think preferences within the black community are definitely impacted by white standards and norms. It’s not about appropriating white culture (really mainstream American culture) as much as it is about the dominant beauty standards. Hair straightening and wearing weaves is an example of our cultural preferences being impacted by Eurocentric standards. The very idea of good hair being straight as opposed to kinky evidences this. I have friends that decided to go natural and subsequently catch hell from their family, friends, and even their employers. A few months ago a friend that started to wear her hair natural was confronted by her supervisor about her hair. She was told that her hair was not acceptable for work and was given the name and number of a place to have her hair done.

    The fact that many people in the black community are color struck is another symptom of Eurocentric brainwashing. I still see people trying to stay out of the sun for fear of getting too dark. I hear children making fun of dark skinned children. I know both men and women that have a decided preference for lighter skin even claiming out loud that dark skinned people are unattractive. And I personally don’t see a different treatment based on gender. I’ve never heard the multitude of light skinned superstars of either gender be accused of being white wannabes. Similarly, if a black woman has a stated preference for yellow bone men, most people I know would say that she is color struck and that her preferences are impacted by white beauty standards. Truthfully, it’s not really possible to know for sure, but it seems pretty likely.

    They’ve even revisited the black/white doll test recently and found very similar results to what they found during Brown v Board of Education.

    While you can’t necessarily point to many black people consciously wanting to be white, clearly our sense of what is attractive/normal/acceptable is tainted by Western norms and standards.

    BTW, in Detroit you see a ton of black women with their hair dyed blond.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    @Reason: If you’re 30, you ARE old in relationship to what we’re talking about in that you grew up in a different decade. The Black, urban, inner-city youth of today have a completely different culture than what you grew up in. They DO want to to be White in a sense… I’m talking about those under 25.

    Aside from the glorification of non-Blacks in popular Urban culture, we grew up in melting pots and adopted other ways of thinking, and, for a lot of kids, didn’t want to be associated with the stereotypes of being Black (being overly concerned with labels and status symbols and listening to rap music, blah blah blah). A LOT of the Black urban youth began identify with things considered to be ‘White’ like dressing more preppy or listening to alternative music, and were actually labelled as such by our peers. Being into ‘White’ stuff right now is cool. So people think a White girl that can rap is dope.

    P.S. Hipsterism IS fast becoming mainstream (again, Theophilius London, Odd Future, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars… And the list goes on) and who cares about cracking R&B/Hip-Hop/Billboard charts? The days of that being the indicator of popularity is over, nowadays it’s all about how much buzz you can generate on the Internet and, believe me, this girl is generating a LOT of buzz. She has a popular Tumblr and YouTube page and a mixtape that’s garnered thousands of downloads. This song is her first official single and it’s all over the interwebs.

    Look at Wiz Khalifa. He went through four mixtapes, two failed record deals, and a self-released album before his hit ‘Black and Yellow’ charted. But he built a HUGE online following and did a lot of shows… And made a ton of money because that’s where the money is these days. Labels are going bust and are pretty much all independent these days, they need an artist with a built in fan base to lead the way. If she keeps up her momentum, I have no doubt that within the next year she’ll be all over the radio.

    @Ravi: Thank you for your comment! You understand completely what I’m trying to say… And I find it so interesting that people are jumping down my throat when I point out the
    prevalence of Western ie White beauty ideals in urban culture when in other threads about how Black men prefer non-Black women or something the first thing people want to talk about is Eurocentric standards of beauty.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    @Jess:

    I completely agree with what you said about the urban trendiness of ‘White fakes,’ and yes, Blonde hair doesn’t automatically mean you’re trying to be White so let me clarify what I meant: moreso that light-skinned, light haired, light eyed stars are more desirable in POPULAR culture because they are further away from ‘Black.’

    Like, not that Keri Hilson is intentionally trying to be White (she clearly can’t control her eye or skin color and may genuinely just like blonde hair on herself), but the fact that her appearance is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from being White makes her more desirable in the eyes of the urban public… Because they subconsciously find things more Eurocentric to be beautiful due to our Western ideals of beauty. Did that make sense? It does in my head lol.

    You make an excellent point about MJB, but I also think it’s a little different because she’s older… I don’t really know any guys under 30 checking for Mary, so she’s not a sex symbol in the same way as Beyonce, Keri, or Rihanna. And the fact that Kreayshawn (such a ridiculous name lol) has no body is cancelled out by the fact that she has Black girl by way of White girl swag, IMO. She doesn’t need an insane amount of body because people into that hipster culture see that she can dress her ass off and carries herself in a way that they like. A tacky White chick with a lot of body can get it, but so can a skinny White chick that can dress.

    You know what I mean?

  • http://www.storageauctionguru.com Glendon Cameron

    @serenissima

    I think you hit the nail directly on the head, many folks of a certain age have no ideal what is going on in terms of pop culture and its sub sets, in today’s world. Someone, referenced this girl was not going to make it in one of the earlier posts.

    The fact is she is already making it, as you stated as a artist you needs to develop their own fan base before any label major ( of the few that are left) or independent will even touch that creative person.

    If you are really savvy, you will recognize with youtube, other froms of social media and itunes, you don’t need a damn label and you can make more money and maintain control over your work!

    I am a writer, with no book deal, publicist, none of that stuff that you are suppose to have as an “authentic author” last night I found out I outsold and make more money than three of my traditionally published friends. (who all want out of their deals!)

    I don’t understand OddFuture, but I know who they are and realize they are extremely popular, you don’t need to know the atomic formula of water to know its wet, some of my peers apparently want that type of full frontal to “get it”

    As for being wanting to be white?

    I do not know about that, more so young people of all hues are embracing each other for the good and the bad, in ways Dr. King never imagined! If you are in these United States of America, the dominant culture is going to win, until they are no long dominate.

    Check out the immigrants, that first generation off the boat is strong and passionate about their culture, by the third generation it is pretty hard to distinguish them from the regular American. That is how strong this culture is.

    What I see from the outside with my nose pressed agains the glass, is today’s youth (25 and under) seek different things than my generation and essentially have a set of core values that are a radical departure from mine.

    Unlike my generation, this group, has a ton of power and they are flexing it.

  • Joy

    They’re called Hipsters, and unfortunately they’ve been around for more than 5-6 years. It’s pretty much the same as hippies of the 1960s counter-culture, but instead of misappropriating/ expoiting the fashion, music, religions of eastern or native american cultures, they’re now latching on to anything labeled or seen as “urban”. Basically the same bullsh*t, different generation.

  • RetroChic

    She sucks like most rappers after 1999. I knew when hip hop took a nose dive it was only a matter of time.

    RIP Hip Hop.

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    @Glendon: thanks for your response! you totally get my point, and i respect your opinion as it seems you respect mine. as my generation would say, ‘The man Glendon can cook! Master chef!’ lol

  • Reason

    Wtf?! Many of the things you guys are pointing to as evidence of appropriation of white/mainstream culture or the black youth wanting to be white is not new. Since when have black people not been colorstruck? Mary J. Blige isn’t the original black blonde of the music industry, the 50′s/60′s soultress Etta James is. This “Oh, the black youth are doing things so outside of the boundaries…” meme is not all that remarkable to me even though I’m soooo old. As the saying goes: the more things change, the more things stay the same.

    And don’t patronize me. Us “old heads” started the dressing preppy craze by co-signing Tommy Hilfigher and Ralph Lauren Polo’s aesthetic. Not to mention Jansport backpacks or Birkenstock sandals. And listening to alternative, or “white” music also started with us, your older cousins. MTV had just as much impact on us as BET did back when MTV was all about music. I had to sit through music videos by Green Day, Blink 182, The Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Nirvana etc. while waiting for the Hip-Hop and R&B stuff to come along. That’s when I realized some of that stuff (the “white” music) ain’t half bad. I remember one white classmate in high school almost broke her neck when she overheard another black girl and me discussing the death of Kirk Cobain and a disgusting rumor about Marilyn Manson. And truth be told I can’t even claim that my generation did all of this first really b/c if you watch Chris Rock’s (Gen-X) Everybody Hates Chris, he seemed as influenced by 80′s New Wave as he does by Hip Hop and R&B. So maybe it’s the fault of black Gen-Xers, that Run DMC-Aerosmith collabo, anyone?

    And talk about age being relative. It seems “popularity” is also relative. First, I can smell one-hit wonder all over Wiz Khalifa, so talk to me in three years about his rise to the top. The shelf-life of a rapper is less than that of a reality star. What happened to the group that asked black folks to “Party like a rock star…totally dude”? Sorry, unimpressed. And Kreayshawn has sold “thousands” of downloads? Wow, so has Rebecca Black. And it only proves the point of how fractured entertainment has become. Not only that, but you seem to give Kreayshawn the same import as a Beyonce. It’s like how critics give Gossip Girl or Mad Men (with their respective 2 million viewers) the same value as an American Idol (which has 20+ million viewers). And I’ve seen video of the crowds that are attending the concerts of the likes of Odd Future and they are 99.9% white.

    And here is an article that I had read months earlier explaining Odd Future’s so-called buzz http://www.theroot.com/views/odd-future-s-odd-fan-base

    P.S.
    Detroit has black blondes. Nuff said.

  • jaded

    Well I don’t think her using the n-word will have any bearing on her popularity. In Cali, the n-word is equal opportunity I hear Latinos calling themselves n’s, Indians and other South Asians calling themselves n’s. Etc. It would be more of a shock to see a young person not doing it in my book, actually. I am in my 30s, and I don’t believe there is a case where the n-word is ever appropriate but when I was in my teens, some people started to call it acceptable, amongst peers, and now it is overwhelmingly popular. For these people, it is far removed from being a racial slur unfortunately.

  • Alexandra

    Wow. The video-still said enough. Crazy!

    I also gotta say, nobody should be pissed at her for saying the word. The very genre of music she’s in, is flooded with the use of it. The word has even become part of pop culture.

    And as Erin mentioned above, it seems like her image is a gimmick. She is making her name through a stereotype.

  • Alexandra

    Does anyone else also think she kinda looks like Gaga?

  • Maxine Shaw

    It’s time for Hip Hop to die now anyway, so much of it SUCKS!

    Exactly. I am so ready for hip hop to go out of style and with this chick at the helm it will die a quick death. Good riddance to bad rubbish. LOL!!

  • Maxine Shaw

    Of course not. Let a black person call a hispanic a spic, a jew a kike, an asian a chink. Nah, it ain’t going down like that. Like someone else said a white person calls me the n-word and they’ll be wiping spit out of their eye. Just b/c they can get away with it with poop dog doesn’t mean all black tolerate that shyt.

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  • Robin Nicole

    No Joy, I know what a hipster is, and that is not what I am talking about… Like my bf said the other day when I showed him this article: “It’s “hella cool” for a white/asian chick to wear long nails, tatted, smoke bluts, etc etc…but let a black chick do the same or whatever and shes tacky/crazy”.

    We need to examine this.

    I can provide blog names/examples upon request.

  • Efuru

    As a black person that keeps having to telling people (both black and of other ethnicities) that I would prefer it if they don’t refer to me by that term and getting an annoyed ‘but I say it with/to my other black friend(s), whats wrong with you?’ I am incredibly disheartened to see so many black people so dismissive (it should be ‘SOME black people say it’ and not ‘Black people say it’), this trash is just more Hipster racism (it’s real, look it up) and I’m surprised that anybody, famous or otherwise would be ok with this.

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  • Blaquestarr

    Catchy. She epitomizes everything hip hop is now.

    I want to start a rock band – anyone interested?

  • Deech

    I agree, Efuru. Instead of getting into long, drawn out fights about it, I tell the offender to respect my position and keep it moving. I loathe the word, and it really sucks how some people are not bothered by it, given the horrid history it entails.

    And hipster racism is indeed real. It’s cool to be offensive and people are always proving that they are ‘edgy’ or ‘above it all.’

    But, who am I to tell someone who and what not to be offended by? I believe that the same people who shrug it off and think of it as ‘no big deal’ will eventually be the same ones who are up in arms because somebody either called them the word in a not-so-brotherly way, or have been discriminated against because of race.

    As human beings, we are not ‘post-racial’….

  • http://sartorialme.blogspot.com serenissima

    @Reason: youre a fool, and i cant argue with fools, its counter-productive… if you really believe there is a Whitening of urban culture and that Black women straighten their hair purely for aesthetic purposes and not because Eurocentric ideals are alive and well in this country, i encourage you to scoot on over to this thread:

    http://clutchmagonline.com/2011/05/dark-girls-documentary-puts-a-spotlight-on-color-and-pain/

    and this thread:

    http://clutchmagonline.com/2011/05/black-is-black-kola-boof-wale-feud-over-‘pretty-girls’/#comment-122895

    and why dont we look at who the main chicks/audience in the crowd are in this video/thread, too:

    http://clutchmagonline.com/2011/05/t-pain-featuring-chris-brown-best-love-song/

    girl, BYE.

  • Jackalblk

    You people sound so ignorant right now, making comments like “oh, i won’t even listen to this song because i know it’s trash”. Just stop and listen to yourselves. Don’t start making judgments when u havn’t even heard the music. People just hate for no reason these days and its just sickening. Its one thing if u heard the song and dont like the music, but u sound so stupid when u make these kinds of comments without knowing what you’re talking about. Stop talkin out yer @$$es…

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  • caramelgirl

    i wanna “like” your comment so bad. lmao, “are you going hard in the muthafuking paint every weekend” haha

  • Allison

    I’m sorry, i’m not gonna judge kreayshawn on her music or rapping right now. But why does it matter if she says the N-word? If people don’t mind then whatever. Americans always try to promote “racial equality” and all that shit but you guys are definitely the nation that makes the biggest deal out of separating and categorizing races. Places like Europe and such, people don’t even give a damn whether or not you’re black, white, asian, etc

  • Nia

    I for one like Kreayshawn….call me crazy. She was known at least to me way before the OFWG cosigning. She has ALWAYS been this way and she does seem to hang out with/ grew up around BLACK PEOPLE. I think the term Nigga has no power unless you give it power. No I do not use it in my daily vernacular, but there are many people young and old who use it. I don’t think she is doing anything to be offensive She literally is doing something she loves and people are willing to pay her to keep doing it. We shoud be uplifting our sister’s OR ALL RACES for breaking into a heavily race/gender influenced society. I don’t like that Solja Boy and Waka Flocka dominate the airways with the same nonsensical bull, but when a white girl w/ a decent flow and creativity decides to try her hand and rap she gets backlash. I’m black and 17 years old not that it matters, but I seem to be one of the few people who like Kreayshawn for just being herself….Everyone’s entitled to their opinions though. Just Saying.

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  • chloe

    I agree with lulu and chrissy, why are whites so enthused about using this particular racial pejorative? Really, if blacks can’t publicly get away with using racial slurs to refer to Asians and Jews, and whites can’t publicly get away with using racial slurs to refer to Asians and Jews, why allow whites to do this to us, with impunity. What it reveals is a weakening of our power to protect and defend ourselves against dehumanizing and derogatory treatment by whites. I fail to see how this supposed “taking away its power” has truly empowered the black community. The joke is on us. Germans and Brits used to call Irish the N word. They don’t anymore. The Irish community won’t allow it. And btw, the rap/hiphop industry isn’t controlled by blacks, whites are at the helm. They own the parent companies. They’re the ones green lighting this ish.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ZachariaYonis zacharia khalifaa

    i dont think your any different from any other white person, we dont appreciate it if you say it.. unless you got some sort on black in yuhh but yeeee

    follow me doeee @ZachariaYonis

  • Josh

    For clarity’s sake: she wasn’t imitating DMX, she was quoting him, a direct line from a DMX song called “What These Bi**hes Want.”

    As a white person from a non-urban upbringing, I have conflicted feelings about quoting lines from songs with the word, and generally try to avoid it, or *** them out when I do… but quotes seem less objectionable than casual conversation, and even casual conversation seems understandable if that’s legitimately your vernacular with friends. It’s clearly not used to denigrate–the word there refers to Kreayshawn herself.

    Complicated, and I respect the views of people who are more affected by this than I am, but the factual matter of quote vs. conversation seems relevant.

  • Foad Nonny

    Kreayshawn is blonde and uses brown hair coloring sometimes, as I understand it. I could be wrong, but nobody said “naturally blonde”–whether it comes from a bottle or not, she specifically puts herself out there as blonde.

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  • Roman

    In reality Blacks use racial slurs towards other people. So, it’s not our choice whether or not you can say it. The only thing we’re trying to say is that Whites have no right to put us down and minimize us, or say it as though we are lesser than them in any way. That’s all and I doubt she meant it that way. Nowadays, being a ‘nigga’ is more of personality and when it comes to color the word is usually black. If you’re white and you have an accent or you listen to hip hop you can be considered as ‘my nigga’ A.K.A. my friend.

  • Chris

    Its like this,not all african americans use the n word. Its disrespectful and thoes who choose to use it actually sounds uneducated. and even the blacks who do use the word,im pretty sure they dont go around their grandparents using that word,why? Cause we were taught thats a bad word. Its like a curse word and it makes most blacks uncomfortable & angry cause of the history behind it. whites,why would you want to use a word that makes you and others uncomfortable when you use it? I can sort of understand how you dont care about the use of the word since you are NOT black,yall will never understand no matter how many books you read about slavery. I understand that its being said with an A and not an ER but regardless its still disrespectful. So if I start saying cracka,its different cause I said it with an A and not an ER?no that word still is racist. And since alot of whites listen to rap/hiphop,i know its hard to listen to music without repeating it so I understand that whites will use that word and have been but the problem with v nasty is that shes using that word on camera! This is her job,that is unprofessional and she is sending the wrong message. plus,she is doing it for the wrong reason which is for PUBLICITY. I heard once shes a household name,she will be done using that word in public. Shes basically using racism to further her career like every other white person on the fox news

  • TR

    @Chris

    I could not agree with you more. I don’t use the N-word, so the excuse that anyone can say the N-word because black people use the N-word is is an invalid one for me.

  • Scholarly_R3D

    First Im black so dont think otherwise by my response.

    Alright honestly KReayshawn didnt drop the word nigga in a conversation all casually she quoted DMX but everybody seems to have missed that part of the twit comment. No one has even the slightest proof the girl even uses the word at all other than a quote of another artist in a tweet. But Her friend V-Nasty has no excuse, although she may be partially african american(IDK so dont respond to that section). nextly I believe the vultures(reporters/bloggers) are just ready to take any bad misstep any hiphop artist make and take it to the extreme and blow it out of proportion for the sake of the story, but thats just me. IMO kreayshawn did nothing wrong but V-Nasty should stop saying nigga and apologize and that should be the end of the story. I mean no need to hurt their means of living by being a douche bag and making this group an social pariah in the Music industry.

  • Jen

    WTF i dont get this at all…bet if a black person says cracka in a song, it is no big deal, there is always a double standard when it comes to this s*it.

  • Tadpolebear

    There’s a huge difference between Nigger and Nigga. There is no difference between Nigger and N-Word.

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