The N-Word

V-Nasty: “[With my use of the ‘N-word’], I don’t say it in the public eye or in my music [anymore], but with my friends I’m not changing it for nobody. They mad that I even stopped saying it in my music now! Around my home with everybody where I’m from, I’m not changing it.

“I said it on the Gucci mixtape—well maybe, I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I think I said it once. I respect people’s opinion, so I backed off of [using it] because I don’t want anybody feeling disrespected or anything.

 

[With my use of the ‘N-word’], I don’t say it in the public eye or in my music [anymore], but with my friends I’m not changing it for nobody. They mad that I even stopped saying it in my music now! Around my home with everybody where I’m from, I’m not changing it.

 

“People think I’m rich. Whatever they feel like is how they feel. They don’t even know me. For anybody who speaks on me even saying the N-word, or even have something to say about me personally, they don’t know me, so at the end of the day it’s not even a valid comment.

“Why would they even talk on my name if they don’t even know me? They don’t even know my nationality. They don’t even know that I come from a different background. Motherfuckers don’t know where I come from, how I am, or who I am.

“Go through Oakland and see how many motherfuckers really know me. Ain’t nobody never told me to my face [anything about my use of the N-word]. All I’ve seen is the Internet talking shit about me saying the N-word. I don’t even condone that shit. At first, I was like, ‘Whoa! What’s going on?’ Now I’m like, ‘Whatever. Y’all mad at me for—whatever.’

“[I choose to not use the N-word in my music] because [the criticism is] what makes me. They basically say, ‘Oh, she’s just saying this so she can get...’ I’m gon’ show motherfuckers that it ain’t like that.

“[It’s not a publicity stunt] at all. I never even knew I was gonna be this big. It was just me. Whoever knew that someone was gonna watch my video where i said the N-word hella times—hella times! I didn’t know that. I’m just being me.

 

It ain’t no color in Oakland. I don’t understand why people even think it’s a color thing. It’s not in my nature. I understand the history of it, but come on now! I’m half white, half Vietnamese and I grew up in an all-Black community.

 

“I never knew there would be anything like this—not in my lifetime. I’d rather be here than where I was. [My use of the N-word goes back to when] people use to call me like, ‘What’s up? You my n—you know!’ It’s just how it is.

“It ain’t no color in Oakland. I don’t understand why people even think it’s a color thing. It’s not in my nature. I understand the history of it, but come on now! I’m half white, half Vietnamese and I grew up in an all-Black community.

“I’m not saying that I wanna be Black. I’m not saying I want to be anything. It’s just how I grew up. Motherfuckers never told me to don’t do it or that I was doing something wrong.

“[Using the N-word] is no issue where I’m from, so that’s why I’m actually trying to make a change now because I never seen a problem with it. Now that other people from other places are seeing this, it’s like they’re probably going through different things that I’m going through. I’ve never seen that shit, so how could I know?

“It’s not a problem where I’m from, but now that I see it’s a problem I’m trying to fix that. I want people to respect me instead of not respecting me for something that I grew up saying. I’m just a product of my environment. I'm way much more than that word. I know that. If that’s what makes them hate me, then that’s their problem, not mine.

 

[Both my baby daddys are] black as hell [Laughs.]. No [they don’t mind my use of the N-word].

 

“[I use the term ‘bitch’ because] shit, everybody a bitch. If you act like a bitch, you a bitch! It don’t mean no gender. [Taking race out of the N-word and gender out of ‘bitch’] is exactly the same.

“It’s a curse word to my kids. If my kids say that shit, I’m gonna slap they ass [Laughs.]. Nah, I’m kidding. [My kids are] five and two. [They’re not from the same father, but] they from the same momma though.

“[Both my baby daddys are] black as hell [Laughs.]. No [they don’t mind my use of the N-word]. It’s not a problem out here. We’re all the same people in the same struggle. What color are we? Nothing! We use the same rules. We all talk the same way. Same poor, same streets, same stoplight, same police, same drugs, same money.