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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