N*ggas at the Grammys
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott
say money make a n*gga act n*gger-ish”
Problem- A$AP Rocky
talk show host , Sean O’Reilly hated Hip Hop with a passion. Yet, there he was
,sitting in front of his flat screen watching the Grammys, anxiously , waiting
for the rap song of the year to be announced . When the winner was finally
revealed ,he jumped off his recliner like this favorite team had just won the
Superbowl. No , he hadn’t become a converted Kanye West fan, he was just happy
that he could announce to his millions of listeners the next morning that the
best rap song was “N*ggas in Paris...”
February 10th, the world will witness the 55th annual Grammy award show and rap
royalty will be in the hizzouse . This ain’t nuthin’ unusual. However, what is
news is that for the first time, a song featuring the controversial “N word” is
in the running for an award, courtesy of Kanye West and Jay Z’s hit “N*ggas in
Paris.” And since the song is nominated in two categories, the odds are in their
only other thing to come close to this monumental event is, perhaps ,Nas and ex
-wife Kelis sportin’ the N*gger T-Shirts on the Red Carpet at the 2008
the question is, if Kanye and Jay are successful, how are they gonna announce
the winner and who is gonna do it ? Since the Grammy folks like to do the
unexpected when it comes to announcing winners, I can’t wait to see Ted Nugent
jump on stage and say “and the winner of the Rap Performance of the Year is
“N*ggers in New Hampshire" ...I mean "Coloreds Outta Compton"..Aw, shucks
the fact that the awards are smack dab in the middle Black History Month makes
we look at the history of rap music and the Grammy’s, it is safe to say that the
music was not always welcomed at the shows. Kinda like a thugged out version of
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. “Although the genre was finally recognized as
something more than ghetto noise by the late 80’s, controversy was created when
the show would not televise the new category ,prompting a boycott by Jazzy
Jeff and Will "Fresh Prince" Smith and others in 1989.
while some will be proud of the fact that 24 years later, Hip hop can proudly
boast that it has produced the first N*gga song that could possibly win a
Grammy, other Black folks, like myself, look upon the possibility with utter
disgust. Especially considering that more socially relevant groups such as Brand
Nubian and X-Clan never won the award , even though they are considered legends
in the Hip Hop arena.
most disturbing is that by rewarding such ignorance , it helps to legitimize the
usage of the work in the eyes of White Americans.
the N bomb in the presence of White folks was once seen as a cultural no no. I
can remember the controversy that arose when “George Jefferson’s “ white
neighbor “Tom Willis” called him a n*gger on national TV on the 70’s sitcom “The
thanks to Hip Hop groups, like NWA (Niggaz with Attitude) the word has
,continuously ,become less offensive, even though it is ,technically ,still
taboo for white people to actually say the word.
many point to Hip Hop for propagating the warped idea that the overuse of the
word would take the power out of it, it was actually white comedian Lenny Bruce
who suggested that back in the 60’s. It must also be remembered that John
Lennon tried to universalize the term back in 1972 with the song , “Woman is the
is oft repeated myth that the N Word is hip because it is a term of endearment
that all Black people use to express brotherly love and racial
no we “all “don’t.
are probably more African Americans who,vehemently , oppose the word than those
who embrace it.
instance Philadelphia social worker, Abena Afreeka , who recently started a
“N*gga Recovery Program” to help those addicted to using the word, opposes it
because it acts as a psychological trigger to subconscious memories of slavery
which results in negative behavior. Thus creating the perfect Manchurian
the false idea that we now live in a color blind society, racism still exists.
And when Black rappers use the word they are like Beyonce at the last
Inauguration, lip syncing what many white folks in this country wish they could
say out loud.
probably explains the massive crossover appeal of rappers who frequently use the
word like Kanye West and Jay Z’s fellow Grammy contenders former gifted college
athlete turned ratchet rapper ,2 Chainz ,and former correctional officer turned
“gangsta ,“ Rick Ross.
a climate where people like Quentin Tarantino feel comfortable releasing N Word
laden movies and reality shows that feature African Americans as over sexed
buffoons, it is time that we flip the script.
Hop artists must stand up and denounce the use of the word in the same manner
that they denounce safer and non- race specific issues like animal cruelty and
must realize that the use of the word is just a throw back to slavery and until
we stop identifying ourselves as n*ggas, we will continue to be 21st century
mental slaves. It is not only the word that must die but the pathological
behavior that has been associated with the word courtesy of Holly ‘hood and the
that classic scene from the old school Spike Lee flick “School Daze” when Dap
(Laurence Fishburne) tells some brothas “you’re not nigga’s,” this must be our
message in 2013.
truth is there is a trace of the racial inferiority complex ,a carry over from
the enslavement of our ancestors, in all of us. And in order for our fullest
self to live, that part of us must die.
before we can change the world we must change ourselves
Chuck D once asked on the Autobiography
of Mr. Chuck, “Can
you kill the n*gger in you?”
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