Every once in a while, there will be a dilemma in the Oreo lifestyle. That’s right, two lemmas. The n-word in hip hop songs creates two of those said lemmas.
On one hand, any self-respecting Oreo knows zero lyrics to any hip hop song. On the other hand, sometimes, you’ll have the misfortune of knowing what the words are because you are, say at karaoke. When that happens, you’ll sometimes have to choose whether to say or not say the “n-word.”
This brings us to two more lemmas..(lemmae?).
On one hand, the n-word is a horrible, offensive, painful piece of slang that no one should ever say ever.
On the other hand (Yup, I’m quadri-dextrous), no self-respecting Oreo would say the above. It implies that you have a connection to race and thus the sting associated with the speaking, singing or rapping of that word.
So, if you do find yourself having to say the n-word in song, you’ll need to have options. Karaoke is fun, and I’ll admit that even I know all the words to Baby Got Back and Shoop. While neither of those songs uses the word in question to get their very salient points across, it does go to show that anyone can be caught in the middle of some hip hop.
Here are some alternative words that to drop like they’re hot in the middle of a song like Golddigger**:
- Narwhal (why doesn’t this word end in an “e”)
- Nahum (sorry, book of the bible)
- Nanpie (they’re black, too)
- Nabob (but not the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters)
- Narnya (like Narnia, but with two syllables…golly, Lazy Sunday was a great song)
See, they all work perfectly!! Perfectly.
**(True story about Golddigger…this conversation did happen when that song came out.
OreoExperience: This is awful of me to say, but I actually kind of like that song Golddigger.
WhitePal: Yeah, I like that the radio censors it like that.
OE: What do you mean?
WP: You know, when they go ‘…but she ain’t messin’ with no broke, broke…’
WP: Well, they censored it there.
OE: I don’t get it.
WP: How is that possible?
OE: What could they be censor…ooooohhhhhh! I thought they were being poetic and turning the word “broke” into both an adjective and a noun. That’s why I liked the song…. Why are you walking away??)