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What’s the point of saying the N-word a lot of times in a song? Real hip-hop is dead. ” They use this term as if it provides them The Black Male Identity 35 with an identity. But missing from the acknowledgment of this term among Blacks males is its meaning. ” How do we define this term and provide it with a proper context? As stated, Black males have deracialized the term “nigga,” but now add an elusive adjective to further embrace a historically damaging racial epithet. Is “real nigga” the new Black male identity?

Is rap music simply a by-product of a society that condones sexual exploitation of women? Or should Black male artists be held more accountable for their demeaning lyrics and lewd imagery in videos? Alvin, Contractor, 29, was asked what he believes is the current state of rap music, “Honestly, I’m not a fan of rap music anymore. It’s the same message in every song—I’m a real nigga, pop bottles, smoke weed, fuck hoes, I need a bad bitch, etc. I have a daughter now. ” Along the same lines, Bernard, Minister, 47, argued, “Rap music is a disgrace to the Black community.

That is stupid. Rap artist Hopsin makes an attempt to define the term “real nigga” in his 2012 mixtape song, Ill Mind of Hopsin 5: The term “real nigga’s” publicly used/ And I need to know what it means, cause I’m fuckin’ confused/ Are you one for always busting your tool/ With nothing to lose and something to prove to homies up in your crew/ He later raps in the next verse: A real nigga don’t brag about being real as long as he knows it/ And his future doesn’t seem hopeless/ A real nigga stays out of jail, handles shit, and he keeps focused/ In contrast to the previous definitions, Hopsin identifies the negative connotations of the term.

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