Why Do People Hate Kreayshawn So Much?

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This week, NYC rapper Azealia Banks called Kreayshawn a "dumb bitch." The outburst was prompted by Kreayshawn putting a link to Banks' "212" video on Twitter, via a porn website. We understand why a serious lady rapper would be offended by forcibly being associated with pornography, but obviously, Banks isn't the first to be incensed by the 21-year-old upstart. People are going to fucking hate Kreayshawn regardless of what she does on Twitter.
 
The amount of venom thrown her way is tremendous and, given how catchy and smart "Gucci Gucci" was, you have to wonder why. It does feel a little like people are desperate to find reasons to hate her sometimes -- often to a point where the reasons are more knee-jerk than rational. Kreayshawn is mostly a figure of fun and frivolity, yet she has the power to provoke incredible viciousness.



The primary problem seems to be that Kreayshawn is an unapologetic skinny white girl. In our culture, it's largely acceptable to hate skinny white girls on the basis that their success is frequently assumed to be due to their appearance. Truth be told, it's probably why Kreayshawn was given the dubious honor of presenting the black carpet fashion report at last year's VMAs. But Kreayshawn doesn't fit the privileged young white female mold in many ways, from her looks -- this is a girl with multiple silly tattoos, including ones on her knuckles -- to her background. Her story is not one of privilege. She's an Oakland girl who's been on her own since her mid-teens. She's been a couch surfer, a dropout and a stoner. We should be giving her props for her survival instincts, not punishing her for them.

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Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" video went viral fast for a reason -- first, it was anti-consumerist in a rap climate which, on a mainstream level at least, embraces buying expensive shit like it's the be-all and end-all of existence. But more importantly, Kreayshawn is a bona-fide novelty -- not just because of the Minnie Mouse ears she made cool in her breakout video, but precisely because she offers a voice in hip-hop that isn't anywhere else. Little white girls don't have a place in hip-hop -- even as sex objects. And Kreayshawn's lack of obvious sex appeal makes her both an easy seller for girl fans and an easy target for male ones.

One of the most obvious problems with Kreayshawn, however, is that her rapping abilities are limited (as much as we wish they weren't). Her skills are passable, at best, so unless you appreciate her for her charisma, you're going to constantly be questioning her actual skills. Hers is a success based on personality and sass, rather than sheer, unabashed talent. In other musical realms that's acceptable, but in hip-hop, it's a sin.



In recent months, her feistiness is kicking her in the ass too -- see her spat with ex-BFF Lil Debbie -- and some more credible rappers want nothing to do with her because of her lack of humility and seeming overnight success. During a recent conversation with another Bay Area rapper we love, SF Weekly heard Kreayshawn dismissed as "hipster bullshit." Maybe she does appeal to a different set of fans than other rappers, but as long as little white girls are buying hip-hop albums by the ton (and they are), they have the right to buy records from someone who's more relatable to them than sexist dudes talking about dude stuff and (non-bad) bitches.

The bottom line is: Kreayshawn is a fearless and unique force in music today, regardless of whether she's the most skilled artist in hip-hop. She might not be the best, but she offers a valuable alternative in a genre that is too frequently dismissive of all women, whether they be black or white.

Regardless of all the hate that gets thrown her way, we can't help but admire her tenacity and her ballsiness in the face of a scene that fucking hates her and everything she stands for. And, even if you despise everything she releases from here on out, no one can deny that "Gucci Gucci" was a breath of fresh air in 2011. We should, at the very least, let her enjoy the success of that and congratulate her on getting to this point.

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sweetie.peetie90
sweetie.peetie90

You can't be racist to white people, please shove that reverse racism shit far up your asses. Kreayshawn is a talent-less dumb bitch. Zero respect.

These white kids are so desperate to be black, throwing the n-word around because they think it makes them look cool.

Charlie Pearce
Charlie Pearce

Ffs don't talk about rasism when your the one being racist by saying 'white girl'. Rasism only works one way and us whites are always seen as the bad ones!

Suckmy
Suckmy

because shes fuckin annoying/

This Article Is A Fucking Joke
This Article Is A Fucking Joke

Kreayshawn is the worst thing to happen to music in.. Ever. Gucci gucci was terrible. No, worse then terrible, appalling? Horrendous?

Cherrryj6891
Cherrryj6891 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Your the joke! She's the shit! The fact of the matter is, ..........you be lookin bitter, why she be lookin' better! Lol! Bless you! 

save_me_from_iphone_porn
save_me_from_iphone_porn

Maybe it's because she used to be a porn star and didn't let anyone know about it. Check it up! Sent from my iPhone

Ukr1princess
Ukr1princess like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why is this Azealia Banks girl mad about Kreayshawn linking to a porn site when that song that Kreayshawn linked to is full of nothing but sexual innuendos? Azealia raps "I guess that c*nt getting eaten" 5 times in a row!  Hypocritical much?

Sal
Sal

Perhaps her massive lack of any appreciable talent?

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Like Banks said: because she can't rap, and her freestyle is even worse. She's not the only one, nor the only one catching hate, so the sooner she's ignored, the better off everyone will be.

Candyndel
Candyndel

White, black, yellow, brown, fat, skinny, pretty, ugly, stoner, straight....she just sucks. TALENTSPEAKSVOLUMES. Seriously. Period. Coming from the whitest of white girls to listen to hip hop...since 1979. #RakimistheGOAT

shygirl
shygirl

Gahhh! Are all her song titles just two words repeated? And though I thought Gucci, Gucci was cute and entertaining for a minute, this new um, song, is an overproduced scammed out hack job. She got lucky, once. Hope she makes it though somehow, I'm sick of race being an issue. Just lket the kid make some cash, jeez. Who gives a fuck. She came from nothing.

Steve
Steve

Poorly written. Great job!

Warren Terra
Warren Terra

this is so poorly written and apologetic for a someone who has not released a single album

Warren Terra
Warren Terra

I can't wait till the article comes out entitled Why Do People Hate My Kreayshawn article I wrote so much

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

what has she produced? She has one sort of maybe catchy song and thats it. She is a product in the same way Backstreet boys are, except they had a a product (albums) released. Sony bought her for 1.2 million dollars, had her direct the red hot chili peppers video and put her on MTV, yet she doesn't have a product to released. Her shows reportedly only 30+ minutes. Sony thought they could make money off this product. She is not fearless, she is a failed product that tries to charge people $4,000 to ride in limo with her to her shows.

sharron
sharron

Who gives a fuck if other people dont like her , i do and many people also do like her -.- its annoying to see blogs hating on other people if you dont got anything nice to say, dont say it at all and who's azalia banks?

Forthealtoids
Forthealtoids

"The amount of venom thrown her way is tremendous and, given how catchy and smart "Gucci Gucci" was, you have to wonder why. "

The real problem is that you actually give her credit for one of the dumbest songs of all time. 

I never knew the SF Weekly is just as bad as the LA Weekly. 

Erik Kolacek
Erik Kolacek

Unapologetic?  Then why are you apologizing for her?

Kreayshawn associates herself with dumb white bitches who drop the n-word like it isn't shit and lie about jail. 

Black people don't get to choose whether this society uses racism against them, but Natassia Zolot has the privilege of pretending to be black and then running back to "cute little white girl" any time she wants.  I mean...oh my god...you're a hot white girl who lived in OAKLAND? 

ALL THE AWARDS.

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Bye bye stoner girl.  You suck.

Catsydestiny
Catsydestiny

And you drop the b-word like it isn't shit.

Women don't get to choose whether this society uses sexism against them, either. Try being a little more aware of that.

Itskrooks
Itskrooks

It's awesome how you bring up "racism" but then you accuse Natasha Zolot of"pretending to be black "  I'm not sure how someone can act like a skin tone or certain amount of melanin but your comment definitely makes you the racist.

 I feel bad that you aren't intelligent enough to understand this.

Stop
Stop

Why do people care?

Fsfweekly
Fsfweekly

The primary problem seems to be that Kreayshawn is an unapologetic skinny white girl.

Fail.

She has no talent, which is why azelia banks ripped on her.

Those poor skinny white girls.

I hate you sf weekly and your bad writing.

Sam
Sam

She is fake.  She lies about her past.  She just made some pictures for Marie Claire magazine where she wears expensive designer brands! I guess it's ok for her to wear or advertise designer clothes but not for the "Basic Bitches (women of colors mostly)"to wear them.  What about going after the corporations like Gucci instead of going after the "Basic Bitches"? She won't go after the corporations because she gets pay by them!  What a liar and a sell out! So exploitive of black culture! Now she is playing the nice white girl. 

Dan
Dan

First, she can't rap. Second, she is appropriating black culture and gets a million dollars deal just because she is white.  Third, she is an hypocrite.  She puts down people of colors who have been manipulated by the medias and corporations to buy designer brands (The Mac Donald effect) BUT SHE NEVER PUTS DOWN THE CORPORATIONS (e.g. Gucci and others).  The reason is because she banks from the corporations.  It's easier to put down poor people of colors than big corporations! SF Weekly is becoming a media whore. 

Jessejames808
Jessejames808

appropriating black culture? She grew up in poor and working class neighborhoods where there are actually families of MANY different ethnic backgrounds, not just black but you think she is re-appropriating black culture? she's just a reflection of her neighborhood, plain and simple. as a kid, you don't get to choose where you get to live and you absorb what's around you like a sponge.

When has she put down ppl of color? Or poor ppl? She grew up poor herself.

She never puts down corporations? Did you read the article? The whole point of the song is telling people that you shouldn't be fooled into buying designer things to make yourself seem cool. Just be you, don't let labels make you.

You're exactly who this article is talking about. Fall back.

rockgun
rockgun

Someone needs a diaper change.

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