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Is Kreayshawn the Bay’s Newest Embarrassment?

I’m not sure about Kreayshawn. She’s a lesbian rapper from Oakland who happens to be white and friends with Lil B. The thing about Lil B is that he can’t rap … so does that mean I’m to assume that his friends can?

Upon returning from the Bay — I was back home for two weeks — I’ve had plenty of time to listen to Kreay’s “Gucci Gucci” single that’s ultimately gotten her signed with Columbia (who routinely nabs people they shouldn’t. Remember the stint with Jim Jones and The Clipse? Good talents, not the best environment for that talent). “Gucci Gucci” is a catchy song with a fun beat, but as my boy and Parlour critic Timmhotep Aku said so eloquently “She sucks.” 

What Kreay’s attempt at a rap career highlights is black folks’ long-time resentment of mainstream trying to do “black things” and getting special treatment because of their “uncanny talent.” But I’ve actually got non-black friends that just feel more comfortable in a multi-colored room than one that’s all white. Should I shun them because of their preferences? I’m not defending what appears to be Kreay’s culture vulture swag, but what if that’s her story? While chatting with my friend at the San Francisco radio station KMEL, I learned that blacks really do make up the bulk of Natassia’s friend group so is it so far-fetched that she thinks she can rap?

Here’s a well-written piece on Kreay Kreay, as she refers to herself, by Aku himself for The Root. Thoughts?

“To be clear, Kreayshawn’s buzz — which has landed her a deal with Columbia Records — is more about novelty than the quality of her music. Her weirdness and, yes, her whiteness are what have made her blog fodder and a hot commodity. White America likes to see white people rap, even if they’re bad at it. It’s part of a misguided notion that white people doing “black things” are complex and therefore noteworthy.

There was a time — call it the post-Vanilla Ice era — when a white rapper actually had to be a superior MC to get noticed. Robert Van Winkle had used up all the cred that white rappers had earned through acts like the Beastie Boys and 3rd Bass.

Then came Eminem, a phenomenal battle rapper with the co-sign of one of the most revered and successful figures in hip-hop history, Dr. Dre, and now the white rap fan had a respected icon to identify with and to champion. But here we are in the 2000s, and real talent is a plus but not a necessity. Being ridiculous and somewhat of a joke is more likely to get a white MC noticed in 2011.

Let’s forget, for a moment, about the fact that Kreayshawn is white; put aside whatever knee-jerk“culture vulture” reservations you might have about her; and actually listen to her rap. She sucks. Her flow is inept and stilted, and her voice is reminiscent of every telemarketer you’ve ever wanted to hang up on.”

Thoughts, ladies?

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  • Greg

    I empathize with sentiment, and objectively kreayshawn does sort of suck lyrically, but so much of hip-hop music is rooted in heart, drive, creativity, image, and enthusiasm and on that platform, kreayshawn is a win.

    I’m a hip-hop head that values hip-hop and consider it be a huge portion of my life and there are times when I get pissed off at the misappropriation of hip-hop by “less authentic” lyricists. But I do believe that Kreayshawn is going to make an impact in hip-hop and its further evolution(and let’s not get it twisted, hip-hop is in a rough state of transition, but I truly believe it is getting better).

    With all that being said, what about gucci mane? lil’ wayne? plies? all of these rappers kind of suck lyrically, but they exude a certain energy, image, and unapologetic enthusiasm that attracts an audience. why haven’t you covered them?

  • Rooney

    I like her style, although you do have a point about her unpolished rap skills. she would get dissed at most backyard frestyle sessions. I think shees mutch prettier to look at than anyother rapper I can think of tho. She’s not the next 2pac but don’t hate just cuz she scored a deal. It’s music that todays college crowd will probably eat up.

  • ge

    didn’t know hiphop was for black people sorry

  • Bambinaxo9

    She sucks her lyrics are wack I’m a white girl just like her I love hip hop and it’s sad to see what the music has become she needs to hang it up

  • gft

    Idiot, the MAJORITY of hip hop fans are black. Is that more clear for you?

  • Kila.

    That doesn’t mean its JUST for black people, and a MAJORITY doesn’t speak for everyone. Thinking like that is pure ignorance. Music doesn’t discriminate, it brings everyone together, idiot. Does THAT make it more clear for you? (:

  • Boarwar

    HipHop is for all. This “swagger” “hypheee” “club” rap….is shit, garbage, no talent or flow garbage. Her raps arent good or even passable, her swagger….is talk, no walk, prove your a good rapper by rapping!! this music is crap! im amazed my friends like her im actually confused. OH AND SHE SMOKES!!!! woopty doo. Smokin doesnt make you cool, it helps, but saying you smoke swishers…..doesnt make your song better. SHE JUST PLAIN SUCKS! i cant explain it any more complex because her style has no skill or complexity, and the beats are wack as fuck

  • kreayshawn is the shit yall just some jealous ass haters. do u think kreayshawn is the first white girl to try to rap? kreay kreay got flows for days and thats why she got Drake hitting her up, she smokes swishers with Snoop and let lil wayne borrow her beat she must not have any talent..

  • No, but that doesn’t mean this song doesn’t suck

  • No, but that doesn’t mean this song doesn’t suck

  • No, but that doesn’t mean this song doesn’t suck

  • Gucci Mane is FUCKING HILARIOUS. But yes, he’s terrible… Too much hip-hop about the car you drive, how many diamonds you got, all the hoes you fuck.. Like I give a shit, honestly

  • Gucci Mane is FUCKING HILARIOUS. But yes, he’s terrible… Too much hip-hop about the car you drive, how many diamonds you got, all the hoes you fuck.. Like I give a shit, honestly

  • Gucci Mane is FUCKING HILARIOUS. But yes, he’s terrible… Too much hip-hop about the car you drive, how many diamonds you got, all the hoes you fuck.. Like I give a shit, honestly

  • Well, lil wayne’s songs are all about the beats.. His rapping sucks ass for sure. I’m not jealous, I just hate having this bitch constantly in my face with her shitty song and meaningless lyrics

  • Well, lil wayne’s songs are all about the beats.. His rapping sucks ass for sure. I’m not jealous, I just hate having this bitch constantly in my face with her shitty song and meaningless lyrics

  • Well, lil wayne’s songs are all about the beats.. His rapping sucks ass for sure. I’m not jealous, I just hate having this bitch constantly in my face with her shitty song and meaningless lyrics

  • F*ck Mirna Bear

    Kill yourself PLEASE

  • shontayshontay

    kreayshawn cant rap for shit! she’s a liar too! reppin oakland wen she was born in SF. she’s frm friggin pleasanton! i aint ever seent her in oakland & im oakland born.

  • shontayshontay

    kreayshawn is fake. sure, lil wayne gucci mane etc sucks as rappers but at least they aint reppin cities they not from. kreayshawn lived in oakland for what? 2 years & now she can just say she had it hard being white in oakland? i know a white girl born & raised in oakland, she had it damn hard living in oakland but not once did she ever thought she had it hard bcuz she was white. trust me, white folks have it damn easy in oakland. we got blacks, hispanics & asians who had it truly hard in oakland. i hate kreayshawn bcuz she’s reppin oakland for all the wrong reasons. she’s fake, embarassing oakland for face. she needs to stop putting oakland thru this shit & start repping where she’s really from! pleasanton!

  • shontayshontay

    & thats why theres a tuition hike. bcuz they dont want stupid people who listen to kreayshawn up in college.

  • shontayshontay

    everyone listens to hip hop. kreayshawn just sux at rapping & needs to stick to being behind the cameras! the world needs some genuinely good rappers & hip hop artists.

  • shontayshontay

    forreals!! her rap is plain & simple, GARBAGE!!!

  • shontayshontay

    kreayshawn needs to stfu & do what she says she’s good at, get behind the camera & film. cuz b***h cant rap.

  • Malligator

    There is a concept that “Black people own hip hop”.  Probably the same concept that “White people own golf”.  The most talented rapper is white, the most talented golfer is black. It’s 2011 and all of the hip hop you hear on the radio is ignorant and just passing entertainment.  Hers is entertainment on the same level, but she is a young new artist so Kudos to her for having the guts to go for it, regardless of talent or skill AND be successful.  Of course being young and pretty never hurts either. 🙂

  • Menalulu

    First of all, i listen to all tyes of music from old-school hip hop to punk rock..ect! I think shes funny.Yeah she dosent have the best flows but columbia records aint going to just give a random ass white girl a million dollar deal???. If you cant understand her concept dont fucking listen to her! she even said she did it withOUT …..(WITHOUT) the intention of getting famous, let me tell you something if i busted a flow for fun…& made a music video got hella views and columbia offered me a deal with a shit load of money best beleive id sign on the dotted line. Its so rediculous how people are hating on her. The “bay” is so diverse you see all kinds of people…… with, all kinds of styles! and of every race. Shes doing it for fun guys so quit cha bitchin shes doing her and at the end of the fucking day she gives a
    F%*CK what YOU and I think. Lehhhhhhhgo!

  • Guesswho

    lets keep race out of here people. Chamillionaire, plies, gucci mane and waka flocka all suck as much as kreayshawn does. Its has NOTHING to do with color. Its just the simple fact that she’s interesting. 
    So in simple terms
    Rapping skills= Non-existent
    Interest= She has on lock.

  • Coreywindom

    kreashawn is as real as a fuckin 3 dolla bill…that bull shit she was saying about how v-nasty can say nigga cause how she was raised and cause she was in and out of prison for armed robbery. that little idiot aint even old enough to be in and out of prison for anything especially an armed robbery charge. she was made..like how whenn avril lavigne first came out she was some hard core punk talking about she is just a revel..well kreayshawn is doin the same shit and the little bitch is a joke and it actually pisses me of she has a deal..fuck that litttle lesbian cunt. and dont say nothing stupid back cause if ur defending her your proabbyl a joke just like here so dotn call the people that dont like her jealous ass haterzwere not haters we are honest and all her little wanna be fans are only her fans cause its the cool thing for teens now

  • Coreywindom

    kreashawn is as real as a fuckin 3 dolla bill…that bull shit she was saying about how v-nasty can say nigga cause how she was raised and cause she was in and out of prison for armed robbery. that little idiot aint even old enough to be in and out of prison for anything especially an armed robbery charge. she was made..like how whenn avril lavigne first came out she was some hard core punk talking about she is just a revel..well kreayshawn is doin the same shit and the little bitch is a joke and it actually pisses me of she has a deal..fuck that litttle lesbian cunt. and dont say nothing stupid back cause if ur defending her your proabbyl a joke just like here so dotn call the people that dont like her jealous ass haterzwere not haters we are honest and all her little wanna be fans are only her fans cause its the cool thing for teens now

  • Luvmizzbreezy

    i dont even know what to think of her. but i love OFWFKTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luvmizzbreezy

    i dont even know what to think of her. but i love OFWFKTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luvmizzbreezy

    i dont even know what to think of her. but i love OFWFKTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Heed

    well put nigg

  • and I thought Jamie Kennedy’s Malibu’s Most Wanted was bad.

  • Rachel

    LOL, @@654c6ce118828d2a4ba1c4682459a12c:disqus 

  • Uncbball2105

    I am not jealous of this trash.

  • Wolfie Black

    That’s too funny!

  • Anonymous

     and almost 6 months later…the fire has faded. 

  • Ninja Bby

    a man will not like her rap she is clearly aiming this at girls/women. girls that dont feelt he need to follow the crowd (gucci gucci) these days all the girl artests are liek sex symbols, its cool that shes not.  i can relate to kreayshawn because she a chic, shes got her own swag, she a cute lil white girl with some catchy rhymes. NOW im not sayin she any eminem, but for the girls out there who enjoy some good hip hop  and a good beat, and dont feel like listenin to some rap about bendin a girl over an doin her in the club, shes pretty legit.

  • Fucu

    …who gives a fuck… all rap and hip hop sucks fat dick.  (and that goes for everyone) so what if your life was hard, i dont give a fuck, your gonna write poetry to what? pout about it? go FUCK yourselves and eeeeaaatttt shiiiittttt !!!!  i dont give a fuck about pac, nas, this white bitch kreayshawn, any of this pussy ass music.  i hate that society has made a place for your weak ass lifestyle, with the excuse that “you’re just different” or “expressive”… just buy some adidas and shut the fuckup

  • MC Hatin’s Good

    Her music (I hesitate to even call this ironic hipster shit that; it’s a fucking insult to actual music) is absolute rubbish. She has no flow, her rhymes are terrible, she dresses like a fool and has a beyond irritating nasal, monotone voice. A real rapper like Immortal Technique would eat this little bitch up for breakfast. Hell even a whack, mainstream hip pop artiste like Lil Wayne kicks the shit out of her, and I really hate him and Young Money and everything they stand for. Scratch that Wayne and Kreayshawn deserve each other. His people should call her people and have them collaborate… so I can hate both of them even harder!!

  • MC Hatin’s Good

    What you mean so soon after she started? JK. She blows! I can’t stand her.

  • MC Hatin’s Good

    MC Lars said it best in his song “White Kids Aren’t Hyphy”. He was 100% correct.

  • MC Hatin’s Good

    MC Hatin’s Good is my name. Hatin’s my game. Is Kreayshit the first white girl to try rapping? No missy, she ain’t. Is she any good at it? No she really isn’t. She has zero flow, her rhymes are stupid and whack and she has even less energy than that chick singing  “like a G6” (if you want to call it singing) in that lame-ass Balding Asian Dude Collective of the Far East or whatever the fuck their name is. The lesbian chic thing is also really lame and gimmicky, even if she is an actual lesbian. Drake and Wayne suck too. Mainstream hip hop is spelling doom for the genre (some of the underground shit’s okay though so maybe there’s hope). It’s played out, corporatized garbage that’s become a goddamned parody of itself. The only reason the Drakes and Lil (Ugly Runt) Waynes of the world are as successful as they are is because the standards and the public’s expectations have dipped so low that they think utter shit is the height of brilliance, invention and creativity.

  • MC Hatin’s Good

    Actually Kreayshawn might suck a little bit less than Mac Miller, but the jury’s still out on that one…

  • MC Hatin’s Good

    Word.

  • Libertyt63

    shes not lesbian she bisexual.and shes a nice rapper

  • RunDMC4life

    What? Kreayshawn is not in the top ten, but a terrible rapper? Bullshit. She’s got talent, and good beats. I don’t believe you are a real hip hop fan.