Teen slang/hip-hop lingo in the mainstream

mark worden mworden at WIZZARDS.NET
Mon Mar 31 20:11:50 UTC 2003

The White Negro by Norman Mailer, man

ooops, time warp --------- but see  The White Negro Revisited, Josh Ozersky
Hip-hop started out, like blues or R&B, as a local black music, invented in
the Bronx for entertainment purposes only. It only attracted a large white
audience after a West coast version emerged much later, which promised the
very angst and romanticized criminality beloved by white audiences. Ice T
and NWA (Niggaz With Attitude) provided white audiences, in other words,
with the very things Norman Mailer had claimed they wanted in "The White
Negro." DMX is a "pychopath" in a way Chuck Berry never was; Mailer's essay,
it turns out, was prescient by its very wrongness. ...........

Only Mailer could have articulated such a vision at the very moment that
Martin Luther King, Jr. was becoming a national figure. But in 2000, a
decade of bigger-and-deffer hip-hop acts have given their all to make
Mailer's caricature accurate-including the ultimate sacrifice by Tupac
Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

 And today's white negroes? The fullest inheritor of Mailer's manifesto is
without a doubt Kid Rock, the most self-conscious of the new breed of white
hip-hop artists. Kid Rock is as completely reverential toward the
"old-school" cliches of blaxsploitation and early hip-hop as a Confucian at
the temple of his ancestors.

I'm a pimp!
You can check my stacks!
I'm rollin a Fleetwood,
That's how I mack!

Quark out, superannuated beatnik in residence,
Lower Umpqua Addictive Conundrum Institute

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul McFedries" <mailinglists at LOGOPHILIA.COM>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 8:01 AM
Subject: Teen slang/hip-hop lingo in the mainstream

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> I'm researching the use of either teen slang or hip-hop lingo in
> contexts such as ads, marketing materials, political speeches, business
> correspondence, news articles, op-ed pieces, etc. Examples include last
> year's CNN memo requesting that crawl writers use hip-hop slang terms such
> as "ill" and "bling-bling," the Budweiser "whassup" ads, and AOL's "phat
> sounds to fat pipes" promotion.
> Specific examples would be great, as would pointers to papers or articles
> the same or similar topics.
> Thanks.
> Paul

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