Growing Up In Oakland

V-Nasty: “Growing up in Oakland was hard all the way around, especially for me. There’s not a lot of white girls out there. It was harder for a white girl to grow up in Oakland than it would be for anybody else to really live that life. Motherfuckers always want to make me try to prove myself and shit. I don’t have to show motherfuckers no more though.

“It was hard seeing a lot of my friends that I grew up with either going to jail, fighting for a long time, or motherfuckers dying and shit.

 

[My dad] was Vietnamese. He was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. That nigga—ooh, excuse me—that man right there, he was always in and out of jail, doing hella shit. That’s bascially where I got a lot of shit from.

 

“My mom was always working and shit. There’s a lot of different races and stuff out in Oakland and [my dad] was Vietnamese. He was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. So I’m mixed with white and Vietnamese. My family’s from Vietnam. They’re kind of crazy. [I haven’t been to Vietnam but] I’m planning on going out there. Hopefully, my probation will let me go that way.

“That nigga—ooh, excuse me—that man right there, he was always in and out of jail, doing hella shit. That’s bascially where I got a lot of shit from, my father. [My father] was around, aside from the times he was in jail. Then he was in the streets a lot and shit.

“I dropped out of school a long time ago. [I went] to ninth grade, kind of. I hated that shit. [I say] kind of because I never graduated eighth grade, but I told Skyline High that I did so I could go to ninth grade. Then I dropped out of ninth grade after that. So it’s kind of stupid. I dropped out and started being in the streets more. I said fuck school and started getting money.”