Matson on Music
New Vitamin D song says Seattle slanguists should stop talking like Oakland *UPDATED
Posted by Andrew Matson
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"Ni&&a Please" by Vitamin D feat. Yung Rebel
The "Bornday" standout track is "Ni&&a Please," an unfussy piano-plinker with lyrics that demand fixes to a few choice social ills. Vitamin's take is broad — he chastises haters for hating, fronters for fronting, rap for glorifying crack selling, white people for saying "ninja" as if it is (or as if there ever could be) a PC version of the N-word — and local: he feels Seattle's rap scene compromises its identity by using too much Oakland slang.
In his mind, Seattle should stop saying "town," "town business," and "town business, mayn" because that's all Bay Area stuff. San Francisco is "the city," Oakland is "the town." Seattle is...something else. The line of the song: "How is 'yadidamean' part of my scene?"
*UPDATE: Originally, I thought Yung Rebel rapped some of those lines. It's all Vitamin.
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