Kanye West Goes From Nigger to Brother in Zero Seconds Flat

Every nigger moment begins with the nigger. Without that key element, all you have is peace and quiet.”  –Huey Freeman, The Boondocks Season 1, Episode 4

I don’t know if you had a chance to peep it yet, but Kanye West recently had a nigger moment* at the Video Music Awards (VMA’s) held on MTV two nights ago. Kanye was seen with a bottle of Hennessy in one hand and his latest conquest in the other shortly after arriving on the red carpet, as he posed for the paparazzi with both of the devil’s leading corruptors**. In a night that should have been a celebration of musical talent, Kanye appeared to be stuck in some sort of funeral procession, and only he could hear the dirge. All of that alcohol eventually wore down his better judgment and when Taylor Swift got up to accept her award in the category of Best Female Video, well… You can watch for yourself.

 

Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift

 

Now, Kanye in a more sober moment knew that he was wrong for that. He even said so after he was physically removed from the premises and he was forced to blog about it from home. (My how the new media is awfully democratic, like my man at The Atlantic already told ya’ll.) IT WAS APPARENT THAT HE WAS STILL DRUNK WHEN HE WROTE THE APOLOGY IN ALL CAPS. To make matters worse he tried to defend his decision again, revealing an inner belligerence and he also wrote that Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video was “THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!!” Yes, Kanye West went all-in, for his nigger moment for the boss’s (that would be Jay-Z) wife. To her credit, Beyonce, whom I have never liked as an artist, gave a portion of her acceptance speech time for another award to Taylor Swift to accept properly after being rudely interrupted.

Now niggers being rude are one thing: we see that all the time. We’ve become accustomed to it with uncouth, undereducated sports figures and entertainers that know little about the world beyond their own talents. (Notice that these figures are often not the figures chosen as the best representatives of black people, by black people –but in Kanye’s sense it just might be the case; Blame Russell Simmons and Jay-Z) Perhaps it is because we have come to expect more from Kanye West that his nigger moment is so poignant. White people blasted him on Twitter with the “nigger” label. Black people of any class and sense called Kanye West out for the coon he was. There was no rock, and there was no hiding place for Kanye’s ignorance, which is why I was not surprised when I learned that he would appear on the introductory episode of Jay Leno’s new show.

Maybe it was the fact that Kanye had previously taken up the mantle as an unexpected spokesperson for the injustices of hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans –but his latest microphone hijacking was not nearly as beneficent. As expected Jay Leno hit Kanye with some rather difficult interview questions, even after a second on-air apology for his actions. West’s response was completely unexpected for live television: dead silence and tears. Check it for yourself…

 

 

 

 

Kanye just revealed something to all of us in those awkward moments. The first thing that I thought of was the fact that even the most proven, tried and true niggers love they momma. (There goes that incongruence between subject and pronoun, again: peep the old black man wisdom.) It is just engrained in black culture, and relatively easy to understand when you realize that black women have been raising black men for years. Niggers might hate their father, and that nigger could have even been there, but you can bet that all them niggers love they mommas. Say word. Crack babies are born addicted, and could grow up to sell crack –destined to a life in and out of prison, and them niggas will still love they mommas.  Another case in point is the mamma joke: Niggers invented that shit to hurt other niggers that didn’t care about shit else.

When Kanye got to thinking about his own momma and how she would view his antics, the man inside came out and the nigger-cool façade just melted with the tears. What I started thinking of at that moment was the fact that a lot more rappers would do well to think about what their mothers would say after listening to their albums. That’s just me, though. I can get up on my high horse about Kanye’s immaturity simply because I don’t like his brand, but I’m surely going to buy The Wizard of Poetry by Ghostface Killah because it comes out today. Shit, I’m about to write a review of that album along with Raekwon, Only Built for Cuban Linx 2, so what does that say about me? Both of those albums are guaranteed not to be mom friendly but I bump that shit when I’m away from work for my own, private, nigger moments.  (Fuck, I must have cursed like fifty fucking times in this one post already.)

Anyway Kanye West, my brother, you should just keep trying to be the best person that you can be. My opinion hasn’t changed at all about his behavior, but I think that Mr. West’s perception of himself may have shifted a little. Let us all hope that it is for the better and that we can have fewer nigger moments from him in the future.

 

*The Nigger Moment is a lot like The Jerk Card, except black people typically have them and the emotion that it centers on is angst rather than spitefulness.  As the cartoon character Huey Freeman noted, the nigger is a prerequisite, although I would point out that not all niggers are black…  more on that later, though. 

**Double side note status: Kanye has a super bad side piece by the name of Amber Rose. Even though she is most likely a talentless, gold digging, whore she is still ridiculously fine.  The only thing that I’m going to add to all of this Amber Rose talk is the fact that she is probably a lesbian and Kanye doesn’t even realize that he’s not even giving himself a chance unless he were to suddenly grow a vagina.  Oh, and she’s ghetto, too.

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One Response to “Kanye West Goes From Nigger to Brother in Zero Seconds Flat”

  1. Rahel Says:

    Thanks! Your post actually lent itself to the point I was trying to make on my FB. 1) The Kanye Apology on Leno WAS removed by the time I came to read this!! (had to search a while but found it)2) We are all human and we all get mad or sad and may sip a lil and act really ignorantBut I honestly feel that Kanye was coming from a place of…"damn…so and so (fill in the blank) was robbed at that (fill in the blank) awards show" and normally all we can do is sit on the couch watching the TV and complain. He was that dude not so long ago. Now its 2010 and he has a voice and wants to be heard…I can relate to that…Now he may be imature (like he\’s the ONLY one!!!!) but at the same time, he wants to make sure that he takes every possible opportunity to be heard. Let\’s not forget how much support his Bush comment got!! Something that we ALL felt, and ALL grumbled about, but didn\’t have a voice to speak on. He did and he had the balls to use his voice….Now if he could just work on his timing..;-) That\’s just the way that I see it…In my humble opinion.PS I did have a side note to my FB comment that not alot of people caught. It was subtle on purpose. "Come on Black People"I still think that we should support our own and be aware that others are constantly try to tear us down. You may not have liked what he did but I doubt you are on the side of those dropping the "Nigger Bombs on twitter" http://bossip.com/153461/twitter-files-white-folks-call-kanye-west-nigger-after-mtv-meltdown/We are not going to get anywhere until we start sticking together, which sadly from the looks of things, isn\’t going to happen in my lifetime. Now is endoring his bad behavior something to get behind? Hell no! But well, Beyonce\’s kindness is. And if he apologizes, well, isn\’t repentance all that is required? Apparently not for the press.

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