Krs-One’s White Jewish Rapper Finds Creative Way To Rhyme About Racist Issues Without Offending

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In The Hit Song/Download "My Son, The Schvartze," Krs-One's apprentice artistically captures life growing up with White racist parents

"I ain't wanna sit there with your bagels and eat lox, while my sister was in detox, I wanted to (gripe) to a beatbox!"-- Greenie to his racist Father.

Up-and-coming rap star, Greenie, reminds audiences "Shakespeare taught us that names are meaningless; a rose called anything other than a rose would smell just the same...but then why is it that some words sting like thorns… but when we use more politically correct synonyms for them…that same sting is somehow removed?" Greenie tests this by using the "N" word in a song title and changing it to another language. B. Hunsinger, from his record label, Azoos, reminds us that "The often socially unacceptable 'N' word is certainly one label that rightfully incites rage; particularly when used by Caucasians. It is generally accepted, in fact, that White people, are not allowed—under any circumstance to utter the word and, indeed, a certain taboo surrounds the term’s use." So how did Greenie, produced by hip-hop legend, Krs-One, "get away with it?" ...By saying the same word...in Yiddish!

In the song “My Son, The Schvartze,” which is now receiving airplay on several major hip-hop radio stations, Greenie describes how his Jewish father ostracized him for listening to rap music while growing up in Queens, New York as follows: “I ain’t wanna sit there with your bagels and eat lox. While my sister was in detox, I wanted to (gripe) to a beat box..So I’d put on my Reebox and WBLS…and wait for Marley Marl to spin Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh… La-De-Da-Di, Why couldn’t I rhyme at the party? ‘Cuz you wuz a racist pig and you pissed off everybody? You were really just scared, ain’t that a fact, Beryl? What would you have done if I brought home a Black girl?”

In a classic Krs-One hip-hop record, the pioneer artist remarked “Now we got White kids callin’ themselves (Black)”—More than a decade later, Krs-One is executive producing a White apprentice, Greenie-- who has an entire hit single entitled "My Son, The Schvartze." The track depicts how Greenie's Jewish father used to become frustrated with him acting like a “Schvartze” – the Yiddish term meaning “Black” person; often used in a not-so-nice way. Greenie never calls anyone a Schvartze--he merely demonstrates how the word was used to belittle him as a child even though his skin is white. In doing so, Greenie is able to repeatedly use the dreaded “N” word by doing so in another language and, as he puts it, "the 'sting' of the thorn is removed because (I am) now describing how my own presumably racist father used it to attempt to suppress (my) affection for hip-hop music from a young age…and how I persisted despite this familial oppression."

No one online appears to be offended by Greenie as of yet. Reportedly, most audiences…comprising various demographics find Greenie’s song “My Son, The Schvartze” to be wildly entertaining, unique, and an overall fun listen. Download numbers reflect definite interest in the song and in the artist. According to Azoos, the consensus among hip-hop fans is that Krs-One has presented them with something so unique that it defies the norm, rustles a few feathers, and, literally breaks down barriers. The single is available for download from CdBaby.Com and elsewhere.

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