NYOIL on the New Nas Single


Almost immediately after the Little Homie’s new single hit the web yesterday, astute listeners noticed some similarities between “Be A Nigger Too” and NYOIL’s 2007 track “What Up My Wigger Wigga.” Well Robbie over at Unkut reached out to the underground MC and offered him a forum to share his opinion on the music and the message behind it. Here’s a small excerpt from his response, but you really should go read the full thing, listen to both songs and see for yourself.

…Does this brother realize that his attempts at diffusing the word “Nigger” by making it some all inclusive colloquialism to represent all races is as weak as the beat he spit it too? Does he realize that when Robert Schwartz decides to stop being a nigger all he has to do is change his look. maybe trade in the bapes and backpack put on a suit and he’s right and exact. When Robert Yung decides he’s no longer a nigga he can be whatever an person of Asian decent can be in the country stereo types not withstanding. When Robert Rodriguez decides to stop being a nigger he can become a proud man of Latin descent. However for Robert Jenkins who’s grandparents where NIGGERS, blown over by fire hoses and beat within an inch of their lives, when the term meant what it will always mean despite his attempts to make it a term of endearment. Whom despite his affluence or allegiance has to be as scared as a runaway slave when pulled over for driving black or shopping black, or standing in a group of more than 3 in his own neighborhood while black or any of the number of things blacks can do innocently while being black and end up dead because the cop who shot him 50 times like Shawn Bell or 42 like Amadou Diallo didn’t consider himself a nigger…We’re the only race that embraces our disgrace, and now you would have everyone else sing along with us in our shame.

One of my biggest beef’s with Nasir has always been his failure to articulate these big ideas and theories that seem profound and well thought out on the surface, but fail to hold up under closer scrutiny. Not saying that’s what has happened here, because I’m still looking over the evidence, but it would appear that NYOIL has thought things through and is ready to have the conversation Nas has taken it upon himself to start.

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73 Responses to “NYOIL on the New Nas Single”

  1. Soul Clapper Says:

    ***SC, whaddup, **Daps**As a fellow oldhead, did you have any idea that NYoil was Kool Kim from the UMCs? I’m just finding this out today…..


    What up Ike.

    Is that true? I was just listening to Unleashed a few weeks back (that’s the album where they ditched the “Blue Cheese” and stonewash denim and became Das Efx-alikes.)

    This is on some Zev Love X / MF DOOM reinvention shit…

  2. rex hussla Says:

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  3. Leone Says:

    man this some ignant shit. Nas is just trying to make connections between the word nigger and the struggle that word has come to signify (and often been forgotten). But people like NYOIL like to interpret his statements as all-encompassing. (BTW, totally discarding the historical tradition of Latin descendants being called niggers).

    Of course, the issue is much more complex than that.

    Plus, he’s not even well articulated himself. It’s convenient to bring up Sean Bell (god bless his soul), to make a point about the exclusivity of the term. But homie, im Italian, and my people been shot by police too, not always fair. I been into rap since my tender days and feel a kinship with black people and their use of the word nigger. Yeah, the people who made the music were mostly black, the people who put it out into the market were white, and the people who listened to it were ALL COLORS COUNFOUNDED. Now NYOIL is going to start off his argument by talking some conspiracy shit (using words like ‘gatekeeper’ and ‘nefarious techniques’).

    First of all, it’s obvious NYOIL consider himself some kind of ‘Artist of Change’. What he means by that is that message has a primacy over music. That’s where his faults are. He might have a ‘revolutionary’ or interesting message to relay, but if he can’t make good music or compete/adjust with what’s out there, then he wont get signed. Simple as that.

    For my part, I prefer the kind of universal-ness Nas’ song promotes than the exclusive, isolating, rethoric that NYOIL promotes (We the only black people, the word nigger is ours, watch out for (white) gatekeepers!!!)

  4. eskay Says:

    >>I’m sick of niggas referring the GOAT as lil homie eskay u need to respect greatness

    ok, I’ve been calling him that for 5 years, but lemme stop cuz you’re salty.

  5. D_Block_4_life Says:

    I got a whole weeks worth of lunch on Utah beating houston in 5

  6. Leone Says:

    And thank you NYOIL for making NAS’ song much better in the light of your feeble opposition.

  7. MDN Says:

    Most words have a definition. This word has one, and I don’t see anything relating to black people in it. The word has too much power against us (black people), and all NAS is trying to do is take power from it. If you ask me, its similar to the word bitch. If your not a bitch (female dog), don’t take it personal. If your not a nigger (ignorant person), don’t take it personal.

  8. Vee Says:

    I really don’t think it was wrong for NYOIL to air out his views on Nas direction because his comments were really well thought out and not negative. He didn’t make a point to personally attack Nas.

    “failure to articulate these big ideas and theories that seem profound and well thought out on the surface”

    That basically sums up the Hip Hop is Dead CD. He really does little to support his stance in a clear and effective manner. I pretty much doubt he will be able to achieve any semblance of clarity with a topic involving the controversial word.
    Is he going to offer any new insight?
    Will he rehash oft used rhetoric?
    Or will he form an argument from an emotional point of view?

  9. steve Says:

    well put, eskay. me and one of my co-workers listened to this song yesterday when you put it up, and my immediate reaction was that the track wasn’t really doing anything. nas is taking the racial issue and using it for promotional purposes… at no point during the song does he provide any intellectual insight into modern racial struggles. he just uses the epithets to shock the listener, which is cheap and pointless. it seems like he’s becoming more of a stunt rapper than a political one… hip-hop is dead, for example. shocking, yes, but he didn’t really offer a solution. same deal with “Nigger.” too bad he can’t be political and shocking at the same time.

  10. PHENOMENON Says:




  11. Oh Brutha Says:

    why in the world are we still concerned about “what they want”

    what matters is the reality of the situation. Nas is opening pandora’s box has opened panadoras box, and there’s no way of gauging how far this foolery will go

  12. big tone Says:

    first of all, how many artists at nas’ level even attempt to address issues? maybe his job is to be the conversation starter and OUR job as fans and listeners is to flesh out the ideas. one thing about nas that I notice is that people always demand more out of him even when he gives more than his contemporaries. SMH @ that shit

  13. david gonzalez Says:

    once again nas byting off origional music…nwa had that dr pepper nigga jingle like 20 years ago

  14. Manik Says:

    >>And let me know what you REALLY think, this is something I threw together last night…I can add text, switch up the image, whatever…

    I like it. I would add some ‘circle yo crib’ text, but really small, maybe on the sleeve or directly under the image, but not too noticeable. and then on the back or on the other sleeve, a really small ‘www.nahright.com’
    I would cop this.

    As for the actual issue at hand, I think both sides have fair points . But Nas does this too often: he starts an arguement he doesn’t know enough about & stirs trouble up. Hell, I’d rock one of those “nigger” tees to get attention, but unlike Nas, I’d make sure I knew my reasons before doing so

  15. Recruit Zero dot com Says:

    As for the actual issue at hand, I think both sides have fair points . But Nas does this too often: he starts an arguement he doesn’t know enough about & stirs trouble up. Hell, I’d rock one of those “nigger” tees to get attention, but unlike Nas, I’d make sure I knew my reasons before doing so

    It’s better that someone brings up the subject to spark discussion in a non-malevolent way like Nas is than to have the issue in everyone’s head but no one’s taking about it…any advancements stem from discussion, b

  16. Gif Says:

    I always found it funny how black folks who were against using the word nigger, would indirectly characterise black folks as niggers in their statements. They say, “I’m no nigger. Don’t call me a nigger.” Then they turn around and say white people can’t call themselves niggas because, basically only black people are niggers. When I read Nyoils comments that’s what I see. Other races can’t say nigger because only black people can be niggers. I think something is wrong with that. This whole nigger, nigga thing is stupid, really, everyone trying to make it seem as if the use of the word in Hip Hop is some profound thing when it’s not. What happened with the word nigger and the emergence of the use of the word nigga is common in the development of language. We use nigga in the same manner as we would a pronoun, rather than saying what’s up man, we say what’s up my nigga, rather than saying fuck you man, we say fuck that nigga. I call everyone nigga. I don’t reserve my use of the term for any specific skin color tone. White people used nigger as a derogatory term, which allegedly derived from some Latin word used to reference blacks. Who’s to say that nigger derived from that Latin word at all though. Ethiopians used the term Negus, which was defined as meaning king, or king of kings. Who’s to say white people didn’t hear Africans addressing themselves as kings and find the idea of us being viewed as such absurd. Who’s to say that when they enslaved us they didn’t start calling us, whatever the Latin derivative of nigger was, as a means of mocking what they heard us referring to ourselves as. Shit, they did it to Jesus; they called him the king of kings and in mock of the idea of that being true they gave him a crown of thorns. This is all pure speculation, but who the hell knows what’s true and what’s not. There’s no time machines. If we want to use nigga and disregard any relation it has to anything negative, why not? I don’t see the logic in constantly bringing up slavery and all that. What positive result does it cause? We have to stop letting white folks dictate our lives and what we do. Who cares how they used the word, we use it how we use it. If they only used fire to burn niggers would that mean we shouldn’t use it to cook food or keep warm? We have to move on. Wrote something about this in my blog called “Can I Call You Nigga Now?” @ http://www.ubethejudge2b.blogspot.com I got a lot of heated comments in disagreement to my post. My response was to leave this compelling quote from George Benard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

  17. TheOriginalBadnewz Says:

    How can anybody respect someone with a 9th grade education as intelligent? This has been my beef with Nas for the longest. When he first came out he was on that block shit, which is what you would expect from someone who only has a block education, and that shit was great. When he started trying to drop “knowledge”, and cats was hailing him for it, I was like “huh?”. He’s not as smart as cats make him out to be. His “statements” always come off as half cooked. He has no cohesion to them because he can never carry out a thought for an entire song. He started out his “nigga” song with a nice intro verse (as usual) and then with the second verse he went right back to the “uzi, columbian, tech” rhetoric like he always does. What the fuck does that have to do with the song? Nas fans, instead of taking offense to my words, go back and check his catelog for yourself. He’s not the dude yall think he is. That’s why Jay was like “what you trying to kick knowledge?!?!”. That’s not his steez. Just a crutch he picked up after his “street cred” was questioned. Check the history from an unbiased point of view.

  18. Prophecy_Projectz Says:

    NYOIL sounds like he didnt listen to the lyrics in the verses….

  19. clubba lang Says:

    I got different views on the word..I’m as guilty as the next man for using it as a term of endearment…but i cringe when i think of my son saying it..I blurt it out in sentences at random like it’s nothing but..if the word’s used to negatively describe me ..i get heated on some Mississippi Burning shit..I’m making a conscious effort to strike it from my vocab..because basically ..I don’t want my seeds saying it.

  20. fries Says:

    “allegedly derived from some Latin word used to reference blacks.”

    That would be niger (pronounced nee-gare), meaning the color “black.”

  21. fries Says:

    Leone Says:
    April 22nd, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Yeah, the people who made the music were mostly black, the people who put it out into the market were white, and the people who listened to it were ALL COLORS COUNFOUNDED.


    Too bad if you’re black in this system, since the music industry reaps much of the benefits of your cultural product, in addition to controlling it, and the non-black audience is presented with a barrage of negative black stereotypes.

    There’s also non-blacks who are not part of the audience–who might hate rap.

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