White Woman Discovers Rap Music And Is Terrified
The video above is a spoof of a woman who was aghast when she heard Vince Staples’ “Norf Norf” off his Summertime ’06 album. This lady is hilarious. This is her ridiculous account:
“This rap song comes on—and, guys I could not believe what I was hearing,” she said. “This is on our local radio station, this crap is being played. I couldn’t even believe the words that I was listening to. As a mom, it infuriated me.”
White Woman Discovers Rap
First, it can’t be disputed this white woman is extremely “white.” Not white as in her race, but as in her being so far disconnected and removed from hip hop culture that she can’t understand what’s actually being talked about in context. While I don’t believe she had never heard any rap music before, I do believe she is clueless when it comes to why it would be on “her” radio station.
Alex Galbraith gets it right when he says while it might be a bit much to expect a mom who clearly hasn’t kept up with changes in popular music to understand the complexities of Staples’ oeuvre, just how badly she missed the point deserves to be pointed out. Gang activities aren’t celebrated in Staples’ music, they just are. Staples delivers tales of street violence in the hardened deadpan of someone who has spent their entire life surrounded by tragedy and danger. If he can’t rap about his own life, what exactly can he rap about?
Finally, what does she propose to do about it? She does have options. She can call her local radio station and demand they play no rap music of this kind. She could change the station. She could even write to Vince Staples and tell him how his music is negatively impacting her and her children.
Unfortunately, she went to social media to air her grievances. One never knows how that’s going to turn out, and in this case, ridicule, scorn and mockery is what has greeted her. The video is great though.