| 5 years ago||
Kreayshawn puts on blackface: White rapper willingly buys into minstrel stereotype of blacks
A couple of weeks ago, at dinner at a friend's apartment in Paris, I was seated next to a well-known French deejay and record producer. As the two of us fell into an animated conversation about music, the subject turned to hip hop. He jumped up from the table, grabbed the nearest computer and played me two of his favorite songs of the summer.
The first is a track called "Racks," by Yung Chris (featuring Future) a lanky, ink-splattered new rapper from Atlanta. The lyrics go a little something like this:
Cash out on all these cars
These foreign (foreign) broads
Got a n**** living in the stars
I'm on my way to Mars
Got Keyshia, Pam and Nicki
They all wanna do a mnage
The second is a track called "Gucci, Gucci," by Kreayshawn, a lanky, ink-splattered new rapper from Oakland. The lyrics go a little something like this:
Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada
The basic b**** wear that sh*t, so I don't even bother
I put that on my partner, I put that on my family
Oakland city represent, address me as your majesty
Neither of these two artists would ever be mistaken for a gifted lyricist, yet both of their songs have nonetheless met with tremendous commercial success, clocking millions and millions of views on YouTube and subsequently earning their creators mainstream record deals. To my dinner companion, the two tracks are equally illustrative of the playful, synthed-out, hook-driven contemporary hip hop he likes to mix sparingly into his electro sets in clubs from Tokyo to London. To me, they are equally catchy, equally appalling examples of what has been popularized and exported to every corner of the globe as "black" culture in the hip-hop era. They are essentially the same disposable nonsense.
There is, however, one stark difference between the songs' creators: Kreayshawn is white and Yung Chris is black. And this thorny detail has made Kreayshawn, ne Natassia Zolot, a highly polarizing figure in the American media in the weeks since she became an overnight Internet sensation in May.
For a significant number of black critics (particularly black women), Kreayshawn has been cast, at best, as a swagger-jacker, an impostor who is baldly profiting from the blatant theft of the same black cultural tastes and styles that black women are often marginalized for displaying. At worst she is trading in racial stereotypes that demean black people, particularly women.
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