What happens when someone appropriates a culture but does it so well, you have to give it props? We spend a lot of time arguing about the usual cultural appropriating suspects (who shall remain nameless here), and who, in some instances, should be called out for their blatant disregard of what another culture holds dear. Although cultural appropriation is often discussed as problematic because the violators misrepresent and misuse artistic materials and styles from people who have been historically marginalized and continue to be socially marginalized, there is an upside to appropriation. What I’m saying is, it ain’t ALL bad.
So, Drake who is well-known for appropriating regional musical sounds, dropped Nice For What last weekend, which by the way, I have to give a side-eye to because that was Cardi’s weekend, but, that’s neither here nor there. The point is, the song is flame emojis across the board. What makes it so hot, honestly, is that he sampled the Bounce music sound, an underground musical genre most closely associated with New Orleans-based hip-hop and dance music. Drake, certainly not a native to New Orleans or even the U.S., in essence, appropriated the musical culture of a Nah’lins. And I love it. He took an underground sound that isn’t often played outside of that region (yes, we have seen Big Freedia with Beyoncé and on his own MTV show, but still!) and brought it to the big-screen.
It reminds me of what Spike Lee did for Go-Go music in 1988 with the release of his movie School Daze that features popular D.C. Go-Go band E.U. Anyone not in the DMV area probably doesn’t know what Go-Go music is – it is a distinct musical style with lots of drums and instrumentation and some call and response created and mostly played in the D.C. area. Spike Lee, not a native to DC or a cultural insider, appropriated the sound for his big-screen debut and I can’t find anything wrong with that. Maybe you remember Jill Scott’s song It’s Love? That’s Go-Go too.What happens when someone appropriates a culture but does it so well, you have to give it props? Enter Drake with Nice For What. Click To Tweet
Anyway, not to get all academic on you, but cultural appropriation is predicated on defining and dividing the cultural insiders from the cultural outsiders, and this has the potential to lead to cultural essentialism which is exclusionary. The foundation of cultural appropriation requires that one make the distinction between cultural insiders from cultural outsiders based upon criteria required for cultural membership as determined by the cultural insiders, and the criteria for membership (in most pop culture arguments about appropriation) is race. If you think about cultural appropriation this way, it becomes a cousin to the “stereotype” and it upholds the monolithic view of a culture -Blackness in this example – which we all claim that we don’t want.
Listen, its America and our proximity to people of other cultures and ethnicities makes it nearly impossible to refrain from borrowing and mixing cultures to enhance one’s identity development, whether consciously or unconsciously. And no place is this more true than in music.
I’m not trying to make excuses for any cultural appropriating violators nor am I discounting any of the eloquent and well-articulated points made to critique cultural appropriators. What I am saying however, is this – that got damn song is hot and so are the visuals and Drake has my permission to appropriate anything he wants because he does it so well.
Emerging ATL Rapper Signs Million Dollar Endorsement Deal + Drops New Music Video
Emerging Atlanta rapper and viral sensation Slim Stunta inks $1 Million Dollar Endorsement Deal with AfroBeats Headphone Company. Having amassed millions of views on his Stunt Lifestyle TV youtube channel and inspiring a fastly growing fanbase, Afrobeats chose Slim Stunta because they were impressed with his brand potential. The title of Slim’s latest single “Getting That Money” (produced by Grammy-nominated producer Sonny Digital) is in tune with the money he’s getting off the deal.
Slim Stunta has gone viral across the internet with his “Stunt Lifestyle” movement. He was featured on Rich Kids, a TV show internationally syndicated on MTV, BBC and TLC airing across Europe and Africa. Afrobeats originated in Nigeria and is the only headphone company to offer African-inspired headphones which will be promoted by the rapper.
You can view and purchase the uniquely African Inspired designed headphones at http://www.TheAfroBeats.com.
Follow Slim Stunta on Instagram @TheStuntLifestyle to stay updated on his music, Afrobeats endorsement and more.
About Slim Stunta
Slim Stunta is a rapper and viral internet star from Atlanta. Born into a family of entrepreneurs, professionals and musicians, he started rapping at the age of 12 and decided to pursue music instead of becoming a lawyer or doctor. Slim Stunta initially gained fame from appearing on the UK Channel 4 reality series The Rich Kids of Instagram. The show was syndicated internationally and also aired on MTV, BBC, and TLC. The series followed 16 incredible rich kids with money to burn, who party in the world’s best nightclubs, shop in the most exclusive boutiques and share it all on social media.
After the show, he began creating YouTube prank videos, titled Gold Digger, where he used his signature gold Maserati to seduce women from the boyfriends. The videos have attracted millions of views, which prompted him to create his first single “I Can Take Your Girl”. After receiving positive responses for his first single, he teamed up with infamous Atlanta producer Sonny Digital to create his second single “I Want It All”. Sonny is known for producing hits for artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Migos, and French Montana.
Self-Made or Born Rich?: Kylie Jenner Soon to Create a Billion Dollar Empire
Lip gloss mogul Kylie Jenner dons the cover of Forbes’ Magazine”America’s Women Billionaires” issue. The 20-year-old social media star was able to turn an insecurity into a nearly $1 billion dollar empire. With an estimated $100 million dollars in revenue in 2017 alone, Jenner is seeing that being in the beauty industry has a huge payoff. If her company keeps doing big numbers like those she is well on her way to being the youngest-ever-self-made-billionaire. A title previously held by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
Jenner describes feeling lost and struggling to find her niche while her siblings were venturing in the modeling and beauty industry. Her mother, Kris Jenner, advised her to go the modeling route and Kylie was able to rack up seven figures by doing gigs with PacSun, Sinful Colors, and Instagram Ad placements.
During this time Kylie underwent a cosmetic procedure on her lips. After getting tired of over-lining her lips to get the full-black woman esque features Kylie decided to get her own. A light went off in her head and in 2014 the phrase “Kylie Lip Kits … for the perfect pout” was trademarked. By investing $250,000 from her modeling gigs into an outside company to produce the products the Kylie Cosmetics was born.
By being one of the most followed people across all social media platforms, Kylie has an audience that will be easy to profit off of. She was able to outsource the production of her kits and Kris Jenner handles the business side of things. All Kylie has to do is cater to her audience. With hourly posts that includes selfies with the lipgloss name in the caption, videos of swatches and product launches, and let us not forget celeb endorsements from her sisters and other Instagram socialites. This model has allotted the young mother to earn 100% of her company.
This is an amazing accomplishment from a 20-year-old but the debate is that she’s not self-made. Even Dictionary.com took time to add to the discussion with a clarification on what self-made actually means.
Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 11, 2018
Kylie’s empire has been created since the inception of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” when she was just 10-years-old. She has been handed opportunities and advantages that most of us couldn’t even dream of. Which is why many aren’t too impressed with this billion dollar feat.
the lesson here is that if your parents have the connections to shop a reality show that launches when you're 10 so you're famous from childhood & have very famous siblings, maybe you too can pull yourself up from your bootstraps & start a company valued at billions #goals
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) July 11, 2018
It is not shade to point out that Kylie Jenner isn’t self-made. She grew up in a wealthy, famous family. Her success is commendable but it comes by virtue of her privilege. Words have meanings and it behooves a dictionary to remind us of that. https://t.co/2HzIJbLb8q
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 11, 2018
Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes is nonsense not just because she was born rich but because she was literally HANDED her influence. She steals people’s work, style, and culture. A doctor gave her her appearance, and her mother keeps her name in the news. Businesswoman my ASS.
— The Opinion (@SheraeSpeaks_) July 11, 2018
Others created the argument that she is self-made because her brother, Rob, was afforded the same opportunities…and well…flopped.
To put in perspetive how much Kylie and Kim have been grinding, these are noteable people on the list of the richest women in the US:
6. Oprah ($3.1B)
27. Kylie Jenner ($900M)
53. Beyoncè ($355M)
54. Kim Kardashian West ($350M)
60. Taylor Swift ($320M)
— Myleeza (@MyleezaKardash) July 11, 2018
People being mad that Kylie Jenner is almost a billionaire is the definition of jealousy. This girl is the richest of all her family members combined off of cosmetics ALONE. She took her name &the thing the public trashed her about and is about to make a billion!!
— MelaninChronicles 👑 (@MbNiza) July 11, 2018
Your family can give you millions to start a business
But to get $670m in sales from strangers takes some doing
Let's give Kylie Jenner the respect she deserves
— PRINTED TEES GUY (@Stevie_Madisha) July 11, 2018
If you think Kylie Jenner is not self made than why is Rob Kardashian not up there with his sock company?
The girl worked smart. She’s got it, accept it and learn from it.
— Rose Gold (@_RoseGold_25) July 11, 2018
What do you guys think? Is Kylie self-made or extremely privileged?
Yasss! Cardi B & Offset Welcome Baby “Kulture Kiari Cephus”, Yes You Read That Right
Cardi has given birth to a baby girl “Kulture Kiari Cephus”!
There is no doubt that Cardi B is having an amazing year. Her debut album Invasion of Privacy has gone platinum and now she and her hubby Offset are celebrating the birth of the newest addition to their family. Take a look.
— iamcardib (@IAMCARDlB) July 11, 2018
This is Cardi & Offset’s first child together. Offset currently has 3 children.