"These n*ggas be mad -- that's why they stay hating" : Thoughts on V-Nasty

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“These niggas be mad/That’s why they stay hating” — V-Nasty, “Andy Milonakis Freestyle”

Rap Genius, and plenty of other folks around the hip-hop blogosphere, have gone back and forth over the use of the “n-word” by a member of a group called the “White Girl Mob”

White boy mob

As our Gucci Gucci-fiending readers undoubtably know, Vanessa “V-Nasty” Reece has landed herself smack in the middle of the zeitgeist by using the word “nigga” like it’s going out of style..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c3P9bi8HyE

..and for getting hella defensive when people take exception

Trade in stereotypes? Moi?!

This raises a number of fascinating issues around race, hip-hop, and the relationship between subcultures and mass culture. All of these issues, incidentally, are far more interesting than V-Nasty’s actual rapping, which is pretty terrible. If you’re interested in a white girl who can rhyme, do a little research

Vanessa may be totally telling the truth when she pouts that her use of the n-word within her clique is acceptable (though the shortage of actual black folks in her videos makes a viewer suspicious). However, this is far from the whole story. What may be okay amongst you and your friends has a whole different meaning when thrown out to the wider world

In the U.S. today, there is still massive, unyielding institutional racism. White privilege is alive and breathing. Given this context, a white person calling a black person a “nigga” is bound to have ugly resonance for many people

Another white person who loved saying “nigga”

Vanessa’s unwillingness to even think about this is a damning indictment of her small-mindedness. Her initial defensiveness is understandable — who among us hasn’t had an inside joke that would sound terrible if outsiders heard it? But her public statements recently have continued her “you don’t know where I grew up” position, and she has even taken to enlisting proxies to defend her stance for her

Sadly, V-Nasty’s largest impact on hip-hop culture will likely be that white kids will have yet another reason to think that it’s okay to use a racial slur because they don’t, y'know, mean it like that. She should take note that this is the same potential impact that made the most brilliant comic of our time run screaming from tens of millions of dollars. We can only hope that the White Girl Mob passes into obscurity before this happens on a grand scale, and the aforementioned comedian’s finest hour has even more scary resonance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKd35EmCIx8