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 â€œNiggerâ€ 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 heâ€™s right and exact. When Robert Yung decides heâ€™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 whoâ€™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 didnâ€™t consider himself a niggerâ€¦Weâ€™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.