Me and the homey Tazz Daddy( Empowerment Speaker, Life Coach, and DJ on Power 99 in Philly) go way back, so when he dropped the video of him asking rapper Kreayshawn of “Gucci Gucci” fame, a very fair and legitimate question about her and her White Girl Mob’s use of the dreaded N-Word, he hit me with the link.
What I saw were some incredible racial dynamics. Seemingly, because she was asked the question by a “Big Black Man” standing in front of her, Kreayshawn immediately gets shook. All that “mobbin” disappeared and tough, independent, “hood” Kreayshawn was replaced by suburbia white girl victim Kreayshawn. But, if she never said the word, nor according to her, is responsible for her girl, why should she feel threatened? Tazz wasn’t the first to ask the question about her use of the N-Word, so why wasn’t she or her team prepared? And ultimately in 2011 is it time to let everyone say the N-Word?
In this exclusive interview, I asked Tazz Daddy how he felt about the firestorm he caused by asking what seemed to be a simple question.
What surprised you most about the interview reaction?
I was surprised by how many people were outraged that I even asked the question! That is a part of my job. I don’t believe in asking the same 5 questions that other radio personalities ask. I do my best to ask the questions that people really want to know about. I could ask about an artist’s favorite color, or what they think people need to do to get on, but that’s corny and doesn’t benefit anyone involved.
Did Kreayshawn say anything to you after the interview?
We shook hands and I informed her that my intern was going to do some post-production stuff that the station had requested and I left the studio. There wasn’t any weird tension or anything.
Did you feel you approached her in a aggressive or combative manner?
How could I approach someone in a combative manner when I have an even tone of voice and I’m 3 feet away? I asked her a question that several people wanted me to ask! If she REALLY felt threatened, her manager would have stepped in.
I just saw a video by AllHipHop.com asking Kreayshwan the same question about the N-Word a month earlier but I didn’t see them get any backlash, do you think the dynamics of you being a black man had anything to do with the uproar?
Of course it did. The second the question was asked, Kreayshawn’s whole energy switched up and she shocked me with her response. She acted like I was about to hit her. I’m a non-violent brother. I stood 3 feet away from her. Why is a Black man going to be violent just because he asks a question? Especially in a room full of witnesses (including her record label and her management). Her label reps (one Black, the other Jewish) both thanked me for a great interview so I didn’t get it.
I guess if you introduce that element into it, you take away attention from the actual question.
Did you learn anything from the interview and controversy that you didn’t know before?
I didn’t know that I was fat! LOL! So many people took time to say that but had nothing to add to the discussion either way. I learned that Kreayshawn misrepresented herself by saying that she didn’t say the N-word when there are tracks & twitter screenshots with HER (not V-Nasty) saying it. She may not practice it’s usage now, but she did before and thought it was acceptable, but that’s her cross to bear, not mine.
I also learned that many of today’s kids have no clue about the ugliness of the word and what it represents. There was one guy who made a video saying that MLK died so White people could have the right to say the N-word. That was saddening to me. I was also saddened by the many people who said I never confronted rappers about this and the content of their music and their actions. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When I got at Soulja Boy about Slavery comments: Nothing
When I got at Maino about confronting the girl in the mall about twitter: NADA
Ray-J about the sextape: ZILCH
Ask a white girl about the free wheel use of the N-Word: I’m the Anti Christ.
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Ironically, Tazz has a book coming out August 23rd called, “Common Sense Ain’t Common”. You can preorder it at his website TazzDaddy.com and check out his excellent video response to the controversy.