Kreayshawn, V-Nasty and the N-Word Controversy
For starters, the n-word in both its forms and usage is a debate within the black community itself, let alone white rappers. Dr. Cornel West included the subject for discussion in his last music project "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations" inviting Tavis Smiley to moderate a cordial exchange over a slickly produced music bed with fellow public intellectual Micheal Eric Dyson. Everything they offer on the topic is infinitely more enlightening than what Kreayshawn or her White Girl Mob cohort V-Nasty has to say.
Kreayshawn, who's clearly tired of fielding the question, has more recently pilfered out disingenuous deflections saying in effect it's V-Nasty who says it on wax. True enough, V-Nasty drops it often and is unapologetic about it, but it's not like Kreayshawn disowns the practice by booting her out of the group and even offers nuanced justifications saying in a Weekly interview that, "I feel like that word is used in the low income community more than anything. I can see if I was some rich crazy trick and I was just saying this because it's hip-hop. No, I was raised around this."
Brother Ali, a white rapper who is no stranger to controversy himself over his single "Uncle Sam Goddamn," offered thoughts on the n-word a year ago in an interview unrelated to the current music news cycle. Posted up by Jay Smooth's Ill Doctrine blog earlier this year, Brother Ali has some salient points that the White Girl Mob would be wise to ponder.
"Why should I impose on other people to have to confront that question in their mind?" the rapper says on the general issue at hand before going on to speak on class and white privilege. "It's easier when you're poor too to be like "we're all poor." That's true. Economically, you are oppressed," he acknowledges. "I have a disability. I'm disadvantaged in that way, but racially I'm still privileged. No matter how big my heart is, no matter [how] much I want to rage against the machine, no matter what I ever do in life, I'm always going to be privileged."