What Would Black Music Month Be Without ‘Niggas’?

June is Black Music Month in America, and even though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” took the 2014 Grammy for Best Rap Performance and Australia’s Iggy Azalea is nominated this year for a BET Music Award in the category of Best Female Hip-Hop Artist—we can’t overlook the contributions of “niggas” to Black music.

Nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Rap Performance for his song “Started from the Bottom,” Drake, a Canadian actor turned rapper slash sometimes singer managed to use the word “nigga” a whopping 17 times in just 2 minutes and 36 seconds.  Later this month Drake’s “Worst Behavior” will be on display as the song that features the words “niggas” six times and “bitches” twice, is up for a 2014 BET Music Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award—thus bringing new meaning to phrase “bitch nigga.”

Jay Z track without a “nigga,” is a like a colt without the 45.  Following the release of last year’s much-celebrated Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, which took home the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, this is one rapper who loves “niggas.” Jay Z leads this year’s BET Music Awards with five nominations including Best Collaboration for “Holy Grail” and Best Male Hip Hop Artist.

And even though L.A. rolled up the red carpet for disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his disparaging remarks about Blacks, city leaders rolled out the red carpet for the man who managed to use the word “nigga” 77 times in 59 minutes and 20 seconds on 16 of 17 tracks. Jay Z’s Made in America concert is set to take place Labor Day Weekend, proving yet again “niggas” really are worth a lot of money today.

Compton’s Kendrick Lamar earned seven 2014 Grammy nominations including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best R&B Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song. He’s currently nominated for a BET Music Award for Best Male Hip Hop Artist.  Never one to shy away from a “nigga,” on his track “Compton” he gave a shout out to a well known Nigga Wit Attitude when he said, “Hey Dre, what’s happening with it my nigga.”

Schoolboy Q may be up for Best New Artist at this year’s BET Music Awards but one listen to his track “Man of the Year” and you know he’s down with “niggas.”  Q may be feeling some type of way though because he will be going up against fellow rapper Rich Homie Quan.  I wonder if Quan was talking about Q when he said “My Niggas been hustlin’ trying to make him something.  Ain’t no telling what he’ll do for the paper.”  Well, I think it’s pretty clear what Quan will do for the paper.  But like Quan’s song says “Fuck Niggas.”

And last but certainly not least I can’t forget this “nigga on a “Power Trip.” Thanks to “niggas,” this year J. Cole was nominated for a Grammy and BET Music Award.

It’s no secret that “niggas” have been contributing to Black music ever since the evolution of hip-hop into rap.  From the Grammys to the American Music Awards and even the BET Music Awards, rap music lovers of all races celebrate, listen to, and frequently purchase “niggas” while music industry executive’s profit off of them.

To put it plainly, without “niggas,” there’d be no Black Music Month.

So like Jay Z said, “Clap for a ‘nigga’ with his rapping ass.”

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Steve_Lamb

    Rap is not ALL black music. It’s kind of like saying Rockabilly is the totality of white music.

  • 2UrbanGirls

    Lupe Fiasco answered the call with Food and Liquor and the Grammy went to Ludicrous for Chicken and Beer…we have seen an artist deliver a project free of “nigga” and “bitch” and he was ignored.

  • Cinderella

    I love the way you address Issues Jasmyne. Keep up the good work.. A slap in the face sometimes wakes people up to show how ignorant they are.