Beyoncé, Uncle Charlie, N!$%@ And, Oh Yeah, Kanye

So two things have emerged from Butta's great post about whether or not this rough, hot-off-the-hard-drive song from Kanye, "See Me Now," is worth anything. Which, well, whatever. What's more interesting is that here and around the internet people are really surprised about two things: The underutilization of Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson and Bey's use of the word nigga.

Right. Did anyone really expect Kanye to do anything other than relegate his collaborators, regardless of their talents, to backup on his own track? Of course Kanye is going to make Bey and Charlie sing hooks on the same song. Especially on a song where he repeatedly likens himself to Jesus Christ and spends entirely too long listing all the magazine covers on which he's going to be featured.

Then Beyoncé has the nerve to say nigga a couple of times. Whatever. It just means she has done an exceptional job at convincing people that she is her persona and not a real person. After all, she has spent the last decade cultivating a fine balance of soulfulness, belting, occasional hood posturing and shouting/vocal acrobatics that is so calculated it's mechanical. She is consistently vapid in interviews. She has probably convinced a huge segment of the world's population that she and Jay-Z only cuddle and act coy around one another. At this point, anything that marks her as anywhere near the realm of real is bound to freak people out. Calling attention to her blackness did the trick. Well, in fact.
Are people still surprised by this stuff? Really?

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6 Responses

  1. Butta, see why you're one of my favorite people in the whole universe? Stop playin though Bey ain't black, she's a Cover Girl spokes. LOL
    She did look kinda robotic in that "lemme upgrade you" cellphone commercial though. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  2. Maybe we aren't listening to the same song, but he doesn't repeatedly liken himself ot Jesus Christ. Maybe I'm missing something. I think his persona and past actions may have made youa ssumed he was thinking of himself that way, but he didn't say much regarding Jesus Christ. He did call himself a Rap God, but what rapper doesn't talk highly of themselves.
    Also, what was the best way to utilize both Beyonce and CHarlie Wilson if they're on the same song? While I personally would've left Beyonce off and let Charlie do his thing, the end result is "ok" for both of them on a track.

  3. First of all, we all know the beats is
    Like a mix between Fergie and Jesus
    Imagine the direction of this immaculate conception
    Every one of His Majesty’s swim parties is paegantries
    Cannonball off the diving board when I am board
    All my homies GD’s, but I am lord
    Rap god, Greek mythology
    That was more references than one sweetie!! Kanye needs to get over himself....

  4. To start, I am a Kanye fan...(maybe Butta remembers me & Jah-Luv from Honeysoul being the sole Kanye supporters even when Ye went overboard... LOL)
    But, this is Kanye's song... not Beyonce or Charlie Wilson... so, as much as it would be cool to make this into a Beyonce/Uncle Charlie duet ft. Kanye.... its Kanye's song and I don't mind the features playing 2nd/3rd fiddle.
    Use of the "n" word is for Beyonce wasn't a call to her "blackness" to me... as much as it was call to her "edginess".... like when she played Etta James & Beyonce is cursing etc...... she wanted to prove she could get "down and dirty".... and Beyonce always does this every now and then.... sort of shock value.... kind of 2 show,
    "Wow, look at what Beyonce said.... she's not always sweet and pretty and perfect 24/7...."..
    That's the feeling I get.

  5. I don't find it too shocking that Beyonce used the N-word on the track. It's a rap song, and that's what rappers do and I guess she wanted to fit in. Plus, this isn't the first time she's used the word in a song, despite popular belief. In the first verse of "Irreplaceable," she says "in the closet/ that's my stuff/ yes, if I bought it n---a please don't touch." The word is muted so it is harder to catch and so that it could be a crossover song, but in the DJ Speedy Remix (YouTube it) of the track, which was targeted towards the urban crowd, the N-word is more prevalent.
    As a huge fan of Beyonce, and as a huge supporter of the complete eradication of the N-word from anyone and everyone's lexicon, though, I wish she had not used it in the song. But... I mean, if Kanye West can say the word in the song--and many of his other songs--without us crying foul, I supposed it's only fair to give Bey the same luxury.

  6. I don't understand why everyone's making such a big fuss about this song. It's not Kanye's best and I think that's because he tried to cram both Beyonce and Charlie Wilson on one track. There was just way too much going on.
    As far as the God references - it's Kanye West. This is nothing new. I don't see anything wrong with it. It's all rapper bravado. And in reference to that verse posted below to prove that there were too many God references or w/e - the Fergie & Jesus is a line from the movie Step Brothers. So it's only logical with that being the one of the first lines of the verse he's going to continue along that same path during the verse. It's just association.
    And as much as I hate the N word, are people actually angry/shocked that Beyonce said it? I mean, did she write the hook? Or was she just singing what Kanye asked her to sing? ANd contrary to what all the ads want people to believe, she is black and last I checked we were the last people allowed to say it for some reason. Us and Hispanics.