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T.Shirt – “The Word Nigga”

By / 06.18.12

Hearing non-Blacks using the n-word can be perplexing and I figure I’m not alone. Particularly, New York-born, Hispanic MCs like Fat Joe, Pun and more have used the word throughout their careers and nobody has so much as blinked. So what gives them the “right” to use it?

On “The Word Nigga,” T.Shirt gives a cultural breakdown where he lays claim to the word, which may not be agreeable but his reasoning seems more valid. By his rhyme and reason, Shirt’s worn the n-word tag his whole life while growing up in Hip-Hop’s cultural mecca. At the very least, it’s better presented than that say that of DJ Khaled, who caught pure hell for his shabby explanation, or the equally frail reasoning given by Russell Simmons and The-Dream in defense of Gwenyth Paltrow’s flippant use of the word.

“Maybe it’s I’m not wrong and I’m not right, maybe cause I’m not Black and I’m not white.”

Given rap’s prevalence among youth across the country, the term’s sting has lessened where if a Gwenyth does use it, the result is discourse instead of fisticuffs. Falling in line with T.Shirt’s the train of thought, the lines between races are blurred genetically and socially so much that maybe focusing on how we’re the same trumps looking for ways to retain the hate.

Shirt’s new, 12-track project Rich Hours is available for immediate download for $3 by clicking here.

T.Shirt – “The Word Nigga” (Prod. By Mahdude)

* – For the record, Shirt’s Greek, Puerto Rican, Dominican, French etc. And 100% NY.


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