Some Rapper Titles His Latest Album “Nigger”

Sounds like a marketing gimmick to me.

NEW YORK – To some, it’s a hurtful racial epithet. For Nas, it’s an album title.
The rapper told MTV News that he would indeed be naming his new album after the N-word. And he denied earlier reports that the album’s title would be spelled “N—a,” considered in some circles a less inflammatory epithet. He said the disc is due out Dec. 11.
“(People) shouldn’t trip off the (album’s) title; the songs are crazier than the title,” he said in an interview posted on MTV’s Web site.
But some have been outraged by the rapper’s choice.
“The title using the ‘N’ word is morally offensive and socially distasteful. Nas has the right to degrade and denigrate in the name of free speech, but there is no honor in it,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a news release. “Radio and television stations have no obligation to play it and self-respecting people have no obligation to buy it. I wish he would use his talents to lift up and inspire, not degrade.”

I’ve never heard of this guy before, but then I’m not a big fan of hip-hop. But that’s probably the point. Now I do know who he is thanks to the controversy he’s stirred up with this album title.
Pretty much everyone is going to fall for this too. They’ll have a reaction to the title, and they’ll either boycott or protest the boycotters (depending in their perspective) and this Nas guy will sit back and rake in the dough.
Personally, I couldn’t care less what he titles his album. I don’t find it any more or less offensive than songs about killing police officers or beating women. On a related note, though, it is interesting just how taboo the word “nigger” is. The media won’t print it. News anchors won’t utter it, but other racial epithets like “kike” or “spic,” while obviously frowned upon, don’t carry the same level of stigma.
I’ve always wondered why that is. “Kike” seems to be every as offensive a racial epithet as “nigger,” but the media certainly doesn’t shy away from the Jewish slur.

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