Check out this comedy gem courtesy of those old school, passive-aggressive racist at Fox News--the network that has brought us the hilarity of "O'Reilly vs Hip Hop." Nas has announced that the name of his new record will be Nigga or as broadcast calls it, N-Word. Sure, Nas ain't new to controversy. Remember when he portrayed Jesus on a cross in the "Hate Me Now" video? Yeah, this is just good ol' Nas--stirring it up for the folks at Fox News. Well, Fox News has responded because, well, let's be honest, there's nothing else more threatening to the very order of society than the title of the new Nas record. There's gonna be blood in the streets, I tell ya.
The best part of this entire report is, once again, Fox News plays the old, uber-conservative, "Things just ain't like they used to be" Grandpa role. And their uneducated and completely misinformed spin on Nas and his recorded history is not only unfair, it's strikingly hilarious. O'Reilly might claim a "no spin zone," but the report you're about to see is nothing but a spin. Check it out.
Let's look at it a bit closer.
From the man who has brought us such hateful songs as "Shoot 'Em Up" and "Hip Hop is Dead"...Nas made headlines this summer for his controversial appearance at the concert for Virginia Tech glorifying the murder at the site...
This is one huge spin here. First and foremost, "Hip Hop is Dead" is in no way a hateful song. I don't even know where this comes from. Maybe they were making some assumptions of the song's content based on the title. Like, I don't know, "Hip hop is dead because Nas is killin' every rapper with his glock." I don't know. The fact that, in the first 20 seconds they're already off the mark should alarm anyone viewing this piece. And the "headlines" they're referring to that Nas made after an appearance at Virginia Tech after the shootings there was actually on one headline and that was the lead story on Bill O'Reilly's program in which idiot O'Reilly attempted to again blame hip hop for all violence in the world. That controversy they're referring to is really just ol' Billy getting his panties in a wad. No worries.
I thought there was a memo that we're not using this word anymore...
Clearly, dude ain't listening to any hip hop record out in the market place.
I'm the N with the glocks and the pumps. Sucker-free from the chumps...
Someone needs to sample this in the very worst way. In fact, if I can find a way, I'll make it happen. This has got to be one of the greatest soundbytes ever.
Lots of people buy rap. By the way, it's gone down 30% according to Neilsen over the last year...
"Lots of people buy rap" is such very subtle but poignantly racist comment. The thought being that now it ain't just the black kids buying it so we have to now be so careful about what we put into hip hop records. Now that it's being listened to by white kids, we have to make it safe, but if it was just black kids listening to it, well, let's not worry about making it safe. Only when it affects the white kids. Racist. Racist. Racist. And guess what, white kids have been buying rap records since Raising Hell and It Takes a Nation of Millions. And rap's down 30% over the year is actually not so bad considering that, firstly, the whole industry is down 20% and, secondly, there hasn't been shit worth of hip hop records actually released this year. Oh and Neilsen doesn't include mixtape sales.
(Jesse Jackson quote)
Fox News is in a habit of denouncing anything that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton say until and only until they can use a quote or soundbyte by Rev. Jackson to help with their slant on a particular story. I find it odd, sometimes, when they use Rev. Jackson when most times they dismiss him as just another loudmouthed freedom fighter.
This is a little bit of what Nas does...
This is some awesome footage here. It reminds me of those old reels that religious groups used to put together about heavy metal music and the satanic scares of the late eighties. Look at the sensationalization of the lyrics with the exclamation points, how they hit the screen in a way that is supposed to startle or frighten. They're just trying to Judas Priest our boy Nas. It's funny. And how they just cut out just the lyric they're needing to prove their point. Listen to the changes in the music. They jam like four songs into 33 seconds.
He's enforcing the "no-snitch" rule...
Again, someone capture that. That'd be a beautiful sample.
What message does he send the kids today?
I'm afraid that's not really the question to be asked. "Kids" aren't really buying Nas records. "Kids" are buying Plies, Soulja Boy, Shop Boyz. They ain't buying Nas. I'd love it if my kid asked if he could by a Nas record against some of the garbage out there.
There's a lot of dead people in Philadelphia that might have been shot because somebody got inspired by that kind of song...
This is so funny because the report was supposed to be about the title of the record and the controversy that is created by that word, however, in the parting shot as they're closing the segment, Gibson just lashes out quickly at the content of rap like he was so blinded by his hate for rap that he forgot what the point of the report was in the first place. People don't shoot others because of rap records. And, like a coward, he rambles it at the end so his viewers can cheer and say, "You tell 'em, Johnny!" The truth is that he wanted to end the segment with him getting the final say and not allowing any response from his "guests." Fade to black. End of segment.
You don't know the half, folks.