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Feb 24 2014

lookin’ ass… (mashup) by pierre bennu

Art is a conversation. If you’re an artist & have something to say, say it with your work. Here is what Nicki Minaj’s use of Malcolm X’s image on her new single/video “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a” inspired in me.

The password to view the video is “selfhate”

my interpretation of 'say it with your work' circa 1999.

my interpretation of ‘say it with your work’ circa 1999.

The password to view the video is “selfhate”

46 Comment to “lookin’ ass… (mashup) by pierre bennu”

  1. Feb 24, 2014

    This is genius!

  2. Feb 24, 2014

    And there we have it.

  3. Feb 24, 2014

    MAN! I just have no words – the raw footage itself is enough to spark discussion, but Minaj’s lyrics only compound the perception of her own self hate…

    Also the Editing is HOT.

  4. Alex
    Feb 24, 2014

    Where / what is this cartoon originally?

  5. Feb 24, 2014

    Well done.
    Let’s continue the conversation.

    http://alineinthesand.com/respectability-politics/

  6. AD
    Feb 24, 2014

    Supremely well done.

  7. Rhea
    Feb 24, 2014

    Truly sublime.

  8. Gabriela Halsey
    Feb 24, 2014

    Woah, that is the song off her new record? This is so depressing, but true. Well done.

  9. Fatima Kafele
    Feb 25, 2014

    How can I help this go viral?

  10. Hanifah Walidah
    Feb 25, 2014

    and scene.

  11. Feb 25, 2014

    i would love to post on stark! this is brilliant!

  12. mbalia
    Feb 25, 2014

    so glad to finally see something that matches the pain i feel when i hear self-hating music like this. it just hurts my spirit so deeply and stuns me into silence. and this is feels so much like what i want to say forever, what i want to show. like i want to carry around a mini-projector, and just project this vid on my forehead when i hear this music of horribleness. Bless you.

  13. kwabena
    Feb 25, 2014

    great follow up. yes she took the picture of Malcolm off the promo for this ignorant song – yet the song is still getting played. heard it on power 92.3 in chicago on yesterday. nicky ‘garbage’ is the only female rapper that is played on so-called hiphop radio and it has been that way for several years. Our youth will download this crap and listen to it repeatedly via overpriced headphones until we do something about it. Assante Sana for producing this. We will share. Check out Clear The Airwaves Project on Facebook to see what a group of us are doing to address the audio rape of our youth that is being carried out by Slophop!!

  14. peaches
    Feb 25, 2014

    A picture is worth a thousand words indeed

  15. Angel Levi
    Feb 25, 2014

    ..It’s extrOdinary tO me hOw sOme Of us claims tO knOw the reasOns why “Niski” decided upOn that particular image as an attachment fOr her latest release. Self hate inspired cOmmentaries cOmes frOm persOnal experiences and believe me when I say that fOr whatever reasOn, we as a peOple Of bOndage all have Our individual demOns tO face. AccOrding tO histOry, this image Of MalcOlm refers tO him standing with arms prOtecting his family frOm the threat Of viOlence tO him, his hOme, and family, and accOrding tO that same histOry this impending threat was Orchestrated by his own race Of peOple!! One can Only imagine the disparity he must have felt in witnessing yet anOther example Of self hatred. I am by nO means saying whether Or nOt the images Of sOng tO visual cOntent is “right” Or “wrOng”, but frOm any perspective I will say that it is real!!..

  16. Ruddy Roye
    Feb 26, 2014

    I am not qualified to critique her work as being offensive. What I will say is — (1) Her lyrics in her song is an indictment against the spineless version of people walking around claiming that they are MEN in our society and her words are only the collective vernacular of the period and time. This argument she has was addressed in the voice of the people who are around her and who listen to her music so I completely get it. It is not important if i agree with it or not, the genie is already out of the bottle. What I get is that MEN in her eyes do not have the same image as the one in her family album. And secondly, the day we started “sampling” everything is the day we allowed Nikki to use this image for her album. In my eyes nothing is considered too sacred. When we should have prevented people from using love songs to make gangsta rap we didn’t, so now that we have evolved we want to place the cart in front of the horse, it won’t work. Let us appreciate it for what it is — artwork for discussion and critique and move on.

  17. Keith_Trevors
    Feb 26, 2014

    So Nicki Minaj makes a song about how she doesn’t fuck with men who are poor and low-class, and you decide to add a racist cartoon?

    Look, I hate Nicki Minaj a lot, but she uses the word “nigga” as just a normal address to people. She’s not trying to use it as a hurtful slur. The hate comes with the lyrics talking about how they’re coughing after every drag of their cigarette, how they’re cheap fuckers sharing one bottle in the club, how they have boost mobile and pretend they don’t, etc.

    She’s attacking these guys for being classless and poor. “Non-mogul ass niggas.” If you’re equating socially inept, poor people with black people, then you’re the ones being racist. Language evolves, and when she uses “nigga” she’s not using it as hate speech. But this fucking cartoon doesn’t evolve though, it will always be hateful, so what the fuck is wrong with you for thinking it’s cool to add to someone’s rap who’s actually fucking successful. Man fuck you for making me force Nicki Minaj on the internet, I hate her shitty music.

  18. tai allen
    Feb 26, 2014

    @Keith Trevors I am unsure if you get the video and the purpose? Or, are you being funny in some fashion?

    Cause the footage and her lyrics resonate on the same vibe: hatred of the black community.

    One fashioned by external haters (if i recall correctly) and the other internal. One of our own who decided to vent her feeling… scorn men she does not want.

    Note, i find there is nothing wrong with disliking a person, place or group. I do find everything wrong using the word NIGGA to describe men who are not the mogul type; who lies on their prowess; who engage in falsifying their worth; and, other aspects of buffoonery.

    Language does evolve but the video and song sit in the same place. The song attempts to be she-roic but only falters.

    The “Fucking” cartoon and “Nigga” song both provide our people with nothing. Not even the dark comedy each was trying to portray.

  19. Feb 26, 2014

    This was mos def a dope and genius perception of the song. I saw this cartoon before but U made it evident that its still relevant today. check this one out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYxfe8Mq5h4

  20. Feb 26, 2014

    It’s funny how dudes are all bent outta shape because they perceive Nicki Minaj’s song to be “classless” and then they perceive this video to just be about race and they feel that both are offensive indictments against Black men, which proves both Pierre and Minaj’s point about the inherent sexism found in this society. The objectification of Black women’s bodies lives on a continuum and it lives because men do not want to recognize how perversely normalized this behavior has become. I salute Pierre because by using this footage of old Black stereotypes it makes obvious the ridiculousness of sexism within hiphop. You can focus on class and race if you want but this video makes clear that one of our biggest issues is how Black women’s bodies are viewed. Big-up P-Bennu!

  21. MHA
    Feb 27, 2014

    Has she made any comment about this song and the imagery she chose?

  22. Feb 27, 2014

    “Walkin’ down on 42nd Street
    Heard some white folks talkin’
    Had a riot yesterday
    Ten niggras died
    DIE NIGGA
    Say what?
    Ten niggras died?
    Yeah
    DIE NIGGA
    Went down to Whitehall Street
    Heard the sergeant reporting
    Lotsa Niggras dying in Viet Nam
    DIE NIGGA
    DIE NIGGA
    NIGGA DIE
    Had to get away from
    Niggas dying
    All the time
    Went back up to Harlem
    Heard a school teacher say
    Niggers sure are dumb
    Almost like they’re dead
    DIE NIGGA
    Everywhere you go
    Niggas dying
    Niggas been dying for 400 years
    Niggas dying with conked heads
    Niggas dying in Ivy League suits
    Niggas know how to die
    Niggas been dying for 400 years
    Been practicing how to die
    Niggas dying in prisons
    Niggas dying on farms
    Niggas dying in dirty rooms
    Even learned how to die
    In mansions now
    Big office building
    Fancy dying
    Niggas love dying
    Build big funeral homes so
    Dead nigga undertaker get rich
    Burying dying Niggas
    DIE NIGGAS
    Niggas always tryin’ to die
    Niggas get lynched
    DIE NIGGA
    Niggas get hung
    DIE NIGGA
    NIGGAS get shot
    DIE NIGGA
    Niggas get tarred and feathered
    Niggas get boiled in oil
    Niggas get carried out of their own homes
    Niggas watch their own wives get raped
    Watch their babies get stomped
    THEN
    Niggas watch some red necked honky stand over them laugh
    Laughing!!!…..
    Talkin’ ’bout
    DIE NIGGRA
    ACTUALLY LAUGHING!!!!!
    Wine bottle in his hand
    Cigar in his mouth
    Laughing!!!!!…..
    Talkin’ ’bout
    DIE NIGGRA
    Well….
    Go on and die Nigga
    Been dying for 400 years.
    Niggas know how to die
    Niggas don’t know nothing else but dying
    Niggas dream ’bout dying
    Niggas plan beautiful lives
    For when they’re dead
    DIE NIGGA
    Nigga preachers tell niggas ’bout heaven
    Got to die first
    DIE NIGGA
    Niggas love dying
    Niggas watch dying on T.V.
    They love it
    Niggas watch other Niggas die
    They love it
    DIE NIGGA
    NIGGAS WATCH EMMETT TILL DIE
    NIGGAS WATCHED MACK PARKER DIE
    NIGGAS WATCHED MEDGAR EVERS DIE
    NIGGAS WATCHED JAMES CHANEY DIE
    NIGGAS WATCHED BOBBY HUTTON DIE
    NIGGAS WATCH NIGGAS DIE
    NIGGAS
    WATCH
    NIGGAS
    DIE
    NIGGAS DIE
    NIGGAS….
    DIE
    DIE…..
    NIGGAS
    DIE NIGGAS…
    DIE NIGGAS!
    DIE NIGGAS!!
    DIE NIGGAS!!!
    DIE NIGGAS!!!!
    DIE NIGGAS!!!!!
    DIE NIGGAS!!!!!!
    DIE NIGGAS!!!!!!!
    DIE NIGGAS!!!!!!!!
    So BLACK FOLKS can take over”

  23. Feb 28, 2014

    Can I post this on my website, please? Or are you planning to launch it at a certain point?

    http://kyraocity.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/free-our-minds-from-this-minaj-cover-of-malcolm-x-el-shabazz/

  24. Mar 1, 2014

    I absolutely love this video and I also love Nicki’s song minus the use of “niggas.” On the radio, it’s been replaced by the word, “hittas” and I encourage everyone to listen again. I just got done writing on a certain aspect of this. Will post this link to my blog, this is perfect, Pierre! Sheer perfection!

  25. Sun
    Mar 2, 2014

    This is scary a– excellent, Pierre! Marlon Riggs would most def approve ;)

  26. Nomos
    Mar 2, 2014

    Her lyrics are only speaking what’s going on. Nothing a$$ n***as. Only nothing a$$ n***as can get mad.

    We all need to step our game up. That’s why there’s no respect. The rest of the world gives a f*c! about us, because we don’t.

    Like “gangstas.” They shoot each other dead in the streets, but as soon as the cops come, they’re running like li’l bi!ches.

    El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X no longer), Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King and others, were all trying to get everyone of us to understand the concept of NATIONS. Politically we have no voice because we are not united as a political body.

    I believe they were killed because if that understanding was ever fully comprehended, it would place us back on the path to becoming the great peoples we once were. How great? The original stone masons, the original mound builders. Pyramids are everywhere we’ve been. We were developed over 2000 years before the Europeans.

    Our minds have been taken. We need to take them back. It’s not about hate, and domination, it’s about the principles OUR fore-mothers instilled us with: Love.

  27. Laney
    Mar 2, 2014

    There are a lot of mindless deluded whiners commenting on this site. Who cares what Minaj does? Silly silly people.

  28. JayDee
    Mar 2, 2014

    this is both painful, and powerful…thank you for putting your genius and creative energy to good use. Hopefully through art, conversation, and meaningful action we will grow beyond our ills. Peace

  29. Marcel Futrell
    Mar 2, 2014

    I love this, and alot of the rap music today is not music at all. Minaj, has a gift, but it appears that she is using it for bad, and not good.

  30. Todd
    Mar 2, 2014

    I saw this video and it makes me sad that it was ever made. I’m white. I have a son who is half black. I am very protective of him and see his potential to be great. But I guess being white I don’t grasp the color element of being a real man or a real woman. It’s about protecting and nurturing and loving. Making sure our kids are better than we are by teaching those things. It doesn’t matter if you were developed 2000 years before the Euro’s. If any of us continue to live in the past then we will be left there in the future.

  31. WhiteGuy
    Mar 2, 2014

    This is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen!
    The song works perfectly because the images are still true and valid today. I’ve downloaded it and sent it to all my friends on Facebook. This is a work of art! Great job.

  32. Word
    Mar 3, 2014

    Emmitt Till raped two little white girls you fk’n revisionists, good try though.

  33. bob
    Mar 3, 2014

    That cartoon is pretty cool though. From a time when we were not afraid to laugh at ourselves. Reminds meof the Lil Abner cartoons, Ma and Pa Kettle films and the Lum n Abner jot ‘em down store radio skits. No way today Sanford and Son could be on the air.

  34. the coach
    Mar 3, 2014

    Regardless of your opinion, do not lose site of why this video was produced. It was a response to her use of a civil rights leader’s picture correlated to an issue of her’s that he didnt fight for.

  35. Word2muffins
    Mar 3, 2014

    I wish people would be as offended when rappers say the word nigga and degrade women. Nicki only made up for all they time a woman has not been able to rap. She is also only speaking about unmotivated men that believe they deserve any woman for all their “hard” efforts in life. I love this son g and always will. This reminds us that we deserve men that are better than most of the low lives that surround us.

  36. Ali
    Mar 3, 2014

    Speechless!!! I hope our young folks wake up SOON! Sad that our ancestors fought hard and gave their lives so artist like this chick can be successful! They don’t get it.

  37. Mar 3, 2014

    This videotoon gives Nikki more props that she deserves. It’s well edited and appropriate for the cartoonish and minstrelsy world many young HipHop folk try to live in. Our challenge is to get them out of this racist-capitalist matrix and be prepared for our next level of Black Liberation in a hyperglobalized world!

    Now we need revolutionary Black animation. But that can only come from Sisters & Brothers with revolutionary consciousness. And this Brother is on the right track!

  38. Afrored
    Mar 3, 2014

    Call it racist if you want to, but the image white American and the rest of the European sees world is just what Pierre displayed in this insightful, decoded and ingeniusly created short.

  39. Brother Stan
    Mar 4, 2014

    *Fist Bump*

    Say that Brother! Say that…

  40. Afrored
    Mar 4, 2014

    Thanks Brother Stan, but I am a girl. *head nod*
    I think the world sees black people being so mean and disrespectful to other black people that they think its ok. Ni**as in Paris, Twerkin, My Ni**a, and women call themselves bitches like it’s their first name. So when THEY do it, THEY think its ok because we are moving away from a politically correct, and socially conscious society. WE are fulfilling their preconcieved ideas about us. It’s not ALL our fault but we publicize our private thoughts and conversation to make a hit song. And we become shiftless negros and looking ass ni**as!

  41. Mar 6, 2014

    You’re a scholar. This is truly eye-opening! I’m old school and this is something that blows my mind! The use of the “N” word so freely in 2day’s society. Sadly, no end in sight…

  42. Chuck
    Apr 9, 2014

    Outraged much? Yet how many of you voted for Obama, who has had her at the White House numerous times, and praised her music?

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