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6/30/2017 5:40:19 PM
Why do so many rappers use the N word in their songs?

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Eve D.

6/30/2017 5:40:19 PM

Why do so many rappers use the N word in their songs?
I find it distasteful. I was doing a lot of listening today and I I think I heard 5 rap songs and 3 of them used the N word a lot. Why do they do this, is it some kind of thing they do to get credibility with one audience or something?


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The Dyall-Tones

6/30/2017 6:26:34 PM


From Day One I hold a disdain to rap (or any style) songs that depends on obscenities. It's a cop-out when they can't come up with anything creative to write, so they rely on the N-word, the F-word and other curses to fill in the gap.
I applaud those rap/hiphop artists who refuse to follow that trend.

Shout out to Will Smith, Sean Kingston and others who insist on keeping it clean!!


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LyinDan

6/30/2017 6:54:20 PM


Because they're pissed off. Their grandad, grandma, father, mother, and themselves had to put up with a lot of s>>>. They've been told about it and they don't like it. They've experienced it and they don't like it. They're saying, so you think I'm just a N>>>>>, and less than you are, I'm going to throw that right back at you, and remind you about what you're thinking. That's for the black rappers. The white ones are pale imitators. So to speak. Trying to ride the black train.


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Larree

6/30/2017 7:05:54 PM


Yeah, Lyin Dan. When I first heard rap and hip hop when it was fresh I immediately embraced it as the true, traditional folk music of our day.


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Stoneman

6/30/2017 10:53:43 PM


The "N" word has been used among Black people for many centuries. It is a holdover from slavery days when Blacks were referred to by that word all the time. According to popular myth, the word became a symbol of the struggle for freedom and became heavily used among free Blacks who at times considered it a term of endearment. This is the way the White master would refer to slaves when they were proud of them. Hence the phrase " My (insert N words) are the best cotton pickers in Georgia. It was used by slave masters in many ways. When they were proud, when they were angry and when they were sad. They even used it at church socials where they often had the slaves sing and dance for them. So, there is no surprise that Blacks continue to have multiple uses for the word. Some parents even refer to their children as little "N" words ( with a strong sense of affection in the phrase). However, many people believe that the use of the word as a non-negative phrase is one way to take the power of the word away. Personally, I abhor the word and am very staunch in my disdain for any music or film that uses the word. On July 9, 2007 Thousands gathered in Detroit, Michigan to participate in the NAACP’s funeral and burial for the “N” word. A horse drawn carriage carried a wooden coffin that adorned black roses and a ribbon with the word “nigga” displayed. NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, hip-hop legend Curtis Blow and R & B legend Eddie Levert led the procession from COBO Hall to Hart (Freedom) Plaza. The burial was a part of the 9th Annual Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

However,

In 2013 the same organization gave the movie Django Unchained 4 image awards including the top honors for acting. It should be noted that the "N" was uttered over 100 times in this movie by both of the actors they gave top honors to. So, as confusing and strange this phenomena the "N" word must be to some White folks, it is just as confusing to Blacks because one moment they are burying the damn word and the next moment they are honoring it.

Many Black Rappers say they use it because it is a term of endearment (similar to what massa Roberts use to do). What they fail to have is a full grasp on the historical nature of the word. This word was used to dehumanize people while they were being tortured, bodies burned, hung from trees and thrown overboard the ships. If they were seen as less than human it was okay to do anything to them and that is how they justified their actions. Much in the same way that current racists justify their actions. Personally I see the use of the word as a deplorable condition born out of the frustration of constant struggle. The old: "if you can't beat them, join them." So, they call each other this vile and despicable word and they see it as giving each other love. I know, kind of weird but it is a strong symptom of the post slavery diaspora. A disconnect from the social morays and cultural structures of African people. Because we were ripped away from our culture and native tongue, we adapted ourselves to the American mystique. That mystique includes a long and varied history of the use of the "N" word. Black people in America became what they were taught to become. We are a mirror of the worst part of America. A country whose wealth and might was built from over 300 years of free labor from millions of slaves and indentured servants. So, now, the remnants of that evil treatment is heard daily from the mouths of the descendants of those who paid the highest sacrifice just for a chance at survival and freedom.

There are many rappers who would say that your distaste for hearing the word is their get back for every Black man, woman or child who has had to hear the word daily, See it in movies and read it in print. The more it annoys you the better as far as they are concerned. Your dislike of the word is what they aim for. At least, that is how this old fucker sees it. If you search my catalogue of over 3 thousand songs you won't find a single song that uses that word. And, I am not shy about writing and performing offensive shit either. I have received many awards in Hip-Hop and rap but I have never felt the need to write that word into my songs. Sure, it does give the listener a sense of hood authenticity because the word is in such heavy use there but it is not needed at all to gain credo. So wtf? I wish I knew the answer because I tire of hearing the word blasting out of car windows and shit. Bugs the hell out of me to.

Much Respect,
Stoneman


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Eve D.

6/30/2017 11:20:38 PM


Now that was an explanation, thank you. Better than any of my professors could've provided!

i added one of your songs to my new station today, Stoneman, it really had me dancin'.


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Stoneman

7/1/2017 6:19:48 AM


Thanks Eve, glad you enjoyed the song!


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