What an inspired collabo.
Atlanta trap star Gucci Mane and Bay Area it-girl Kreayshawn's sidekick V-Nasty are set to ride the tandem bike on forthcoming album BAYTL. (That's BAY + ATL, for the slow folk.)
The project's official first single, "Fuck You," debuted today on VICE Music, making it the first release of a new three-year partnership between VICE Music and Warner Bros. This project is interesting on so many levels, but first a lil backstory: V-Nasty is part of the White Girl Mob, a Bay Area tag-along crew of white female rappers whose figurehead, Kreayshawn, blew up this year, landing a purported million dollar deal with Columbia Records on the strength of her song and viral video — which has garnered 26 million YouTube views since May — "Gucci Gucci" (no relation).
As quick as she became an overnight blog sensation (much like another Bay Area cohort and sometimes-collaborator Lil B the Based God), Kreayshawn found herself in the middle of some heated racial crossfire. People were pissed because she was using the word "nigga" in her rhymes (and how could she not; "nigga" rhymes with so much stuff essential to the hip-hop lexicon: trigga, figga, bigga, liquor). Trouble is, it WASN'T Kreayshawn who was spewing forth n-words like nobody's bidness, it was her homie V-Nasty, as Kreayshawn repeatedly said in interviews. (People were mixing up their white girl rappers. The irony!) And being that V-Nasty is, well, so damn nasty, what was Kreayshawn to do? Tell her best friend — who grew up in the ghetto (around black people), and has been locked up on multiple occasions (with black people), and has always been comfortable using the n-word in mixed company — to stop? COLD TURKEY?
Yeah right. Nothing doing.
Thankfully, after two decades of rap's mainstream crossover, a major market has been cultivated for white girl MCs who can spit n-word-laced rhymes with a semblance of cultural authenticity. All V-Nasty needs is a co-signer, a benefactor, a worldwide hood ambassador of sorts; someone who can legitimize her in the eyes of real n-words everywhere.
ENTER Gucci Mane.
All too familiar himself with being a polarizing figure in rap, Gucci is demonized (often by blacks) as an idiotic rapper who personifies reprehensible racial stereotypes, i.e. niggas, and alternately regaled (often by whites) as a lyrical savant whose appeal can only be appreciated and adequately critiqued by those with the proper cultural insight; i.e. niggas.
It's all interesting fodder for blog wars. In defense of Gucci and Nasty, their collaboration came about organically, according to V-Nasty, as quoted in the Warner Bros. press release:
"I've been a fan of Gucci since Trap House. We had the opportunity to connect through mutual friends and when offered the opportunity, I didn't have to think twice. This album is all about having good, old-fashioned, hoodrat fun with friends."
A guilty pleasure, indeed. On first listen I'd liken "Fuck You" feat. Slim Dunkin to finding leftover Halloween candy-corn in a pair of old jeans salvaged from my youth. It's a sugary sweet treat that I know I have no business indulging in at my age. But fuck it, the kid in me likes to dance to it. If you're equally torn, you might want to check out the lyric video to their viral joint, "Whip Appeal" feat. P2theLA, below.
And if you've read this whole summation in the hopes of hearing a track with V-Nasty saying the n-word, sorry, you'll have to look elsewhere. On these two tracks, at least, she refrains from saying the word. But no worries, it's still evident in the subtext.
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