Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nigga

If words were people, Nigga would be a Celebrity. A hugely famous and infamous man.

English doesn't view words as gendered, but many languages do and Nigga's definitely masculine given his aggression, his cockiness, his obsession with obscenity, his love of shocking others. Nigga would have a presence and radiance and a big reputation preceding him. He knows how powerful and frightening he is so he has a badass walk like Shaft and when he enters a room or a sentence he easily dominates it. Nigga would be like Michael Corleone in the GodFather saga: a criminal who says he's trying to go straight but is having a hard time separating himself from his history. He says he trying to change, to spread love instead of hate, but no one will let him forget his nefarious past and secretly, he doesn't want them to forget because his wicked past is what supersizes him.

Nigga has been a seminal word for hiphop generation, Which has used Nigga in the way Richard Pryor showed us.


-Is(Smile)- 
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mentally nodding my head in agreement while simultaneously pausing at intervals due to the insights made, I can say that this will be a blog post to remember. I’ve bookmarked it already, & that’s beyond the average IT flexing coming from me. The analogical overtone was simple yet powerful. You know what I realized a few minutes deep into reading the post? The word ‘Nigga’ was not discussed even once with reference to it denoting any historic, cultural or racial slur within or beyond American life. Expecting to come across issues of race relations, HipHop lyrical usage, or literary underpinnings of the word ‘Nigga’, I ended up forgetting (real soon) that I had these expectations (as a reader) to begin with. This is a good thing. The focus on ‘Nigga’ within an analogical scope was creative, & I’d be dishonest if I said the reference to Michael Corleone’s character didn’t make me smile. Prudent choice. Despite his ‘crooked’ past, the Godfather is deeply respected not just by storyline characters, but also by viewers/fans of the saga itself. Without downplaying his complexities, I see him as a fallen & failed protagonist. This leads me towards such thinking: stripping epic cinematic elements aside, does the Godfather ‘Nigga’ exist in today’s modern day & age? I haven’t been able to answer myself yet, & the question wasn’t posed in a rhetorical way either, so I guess I’m still thinking. Or pondering. Or both. Props to your writing, a quality of excellence.

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