Friday Random Ten: Not Strictly for my N-words

Every couple of years or so, we seem to get drawn into national conversation about niggers and niggas – or n-words, if you prefer – and which group of people should and shouldn’t be able to use the word.

We’re now a week into this silly debate following Dr. Laura’s racist on-air rant without really digging down into her most salient point: comedians and rappers are saying this shit all the time and no one cares!

Did you all know she was watching old episodes of “Video Vibrations” and “Def Comedy Jam” like that? Guess her bodyguard must have put her on game.

Anyway, this is a great time to revisit some classic – we use that word very loosely – songs that drop an “n-bomb” or two on our so-sensitive ears. The list includes a few from some unexpected sources, not unlike Dr. Laura who seemed mighty comfortable with the word.

1. Mr. Nigga by Mos Def (Brokey)

2. Oliver’s Army by Elvis Costello (Jamelle)

3. Woman is the Nigger of the World by John Lennon & Yoko Ono (slb)

4. One in a Million by Guns N’ Roses (Melissa)

5. Sucka Nigga by A Tribe Called Quest (Blackink)

6. Killa Hill Nigga by Cypress Hill (Naima)

7. Gold Digger by Kanye Fest featuring Jamie Foxx (Monica)

8. I’m Real (remix) by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja-Rule (Shani-o)

9. Anti-Nigger Machine by Public Enemy (Angela)

10. Nigga Please by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Blackink)

I’m sure we missed a few or couple hundred. Re-educate us below in the comments section.

Peace, my nuckas.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.
  • Darth Paul

    “I put the ‘sucka’ in front for the ones that front…”

    AH, the memories- thanks!

  • Nicole

    damn, I forgot how much I enjoy J-Lo

  • Damn. I just remembered “Pistol Grip Pump” by Rage Against the Machine.

  • Imp

    Patti Smith’s ‘Rock and Roll Nigger’

  • John Lennon’s “Woman Is the Nigger of the World”

  • Steve

    Is it bad that I used to LOVE “one in a million”?

  • VC

    I’d like to add Beyonce to this list, courtesy of Kanye West’s new song “See Me Now”