SOHH Whatcha Think: What's The Future For The N-Word In Rap Music? [Click Here & Speak]

Monday, Aug 15, 2011 5:20AM

Written by J. Bachelor

There's a huge split in the rap community about whites using the N-word. On one side, some  feel it's a word that only blacks have earned the right to say. On the flip side, others feel that not only has the word lost its sting but its ridiculous to request anyone who loves Hip Hop to not say it based on skin color.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of]

The debate is old, but has crept into the spotlight again after a white female artist named V-Nasty dropped a few videos of herself throwing the word around like a Frisbee.

SOHH recently ran a story on rapper David Banner,  who briefly addressed the issue with the song "Swag," in which he questions the intelligence of black listeners who are comfortable hearing the N-word from a non-black artist. Perhaps the ease with which new generations allow "n*gga" to roll off the tongue is a sign of things to come.

Our question of the day, then, is pretty straightforward: What is the future of the term 'n*gga' in hip-hop?

According to Mistah F.A.B., the answer largely depends on what the word means to you.

Let's not pretend that other races don't say it behind closed doors. It's hard to believe that when a non-black person is listening to rap alone, they self-edit themselves out of respect for slaves they never owned, a Civil Rights movement they never experienced, or an injustice they never faced. Keep it one hunnit.

Here's the difference: We've got a white girl that is bold enough to say it out in the open. In other words, she's being true to herself. Which, by the definiton of many, would in fact make her a 'real n*gga'. Oh the irony.

Real N*gga: Contrary to popular belief, a Real N*gga is someone who always be 'themselves', not someone who goes on killing sprees and doesnt care about anything. But, being a real nigga, being yourself means showing everything about yourself but your weaknesses, knowing them at the same time.(Urban Dictionary)

However, being a real n*gga comes with a price. Real n*ggas do real things. And the possiblilty of one day being attacked by a black girl mob for saying a word that many still find offensive is a very real thing. But we don't have to tell V-Nasty that, its a risk you take when keepin' it real goes wrong.

Chris Rock makes an interesting point:

SOHH Watcha Think -- Is the N-Word one step closer to becoming universally acceptable?

Entertainers from the hip-hop community share their thoughts on the N-Word below:

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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