Posted in music on February 2, 2006

Many times a controversial story pops into my Inbox or browser. My first thought is to post it. My second thought says to do some more research...form a conclusion. That's when it enters the ever-so-dangerous (never actually going) TO-DO list.

In the name of cleaning off that list, here's the first in a series of slightly out-of-date controversies in "list of quotes & links" format. Talk about it in the comments...

----------------

THE PUMPSTA
Kill Whitey

"Tha Pumpsta hops onto the crowded dance floor of guys in big T-shirts dangling from slight frames and ladies in short skirts and tasseled boots. 'Kill whitey!' yells Tha Pumpsta into the microphone as he bounces to the beat. 'What . . . gonna . . . do dance . . .' he raps to the beat. 'Kill whitey!'" [Washington Post]

"For those who can't be bothered to click the above link and read the article, I'll sum it up here. 'Kill Whitey' is the name given to a series of monthly hip-hop themed parties staged in Williamsburg for large groups of wealthy, white hipsters too frightened to darken the door of real hip-hop clubs at which they might actually run into a real, live black person...." [Brainwashed]

SIERRA CASSIDY (COCOROSIE) DANCES AT KILL WHITIE
Kill Whitey

"Live shows have included such esteemed bands and DJs as TV on the Radio, Ghost Exits, Avenue D, Crash Test Dummies, Quieve & Tha Pumpsta, Kudu, Black Peter, Dragons of Zynth, Matchbox 20 and Celena Glenn." [Press Release]

"Honestly, the core people who have been coming to Kill Whitie have been coming for four years. I've known a lot them from Atlanta, that's just the music they listen to. It's about dancing and it's a very sincere thing. People come to Kill Whitie ready to dance, and they're so amazed at how many people are actually dancing in a city where nobody dances, where you can't dance." [The Pumpsta to Riff Raff]

AVENUE D PERFORMS AT KILL WHITIE
Kill Whitey

"I've been saying for years that irony is now the last refuge of a coward. A singularly dishonest and deluded sort of coward who imagines his behavior a mark of courage, as he fearlessly refuses to take anything seriously." [HipHopMusic.com]

BONUS: Kill Whitie the official site

BONUS 2: Kill Whitie & TV on the Radio team up to save Williamsburg

---

      

Comments (12)

yeah -- but look at the current state of hip-hop.
hip-hop/rap as an industry is black people making music for white kids in the suburbs.

i find 50 cent and p diddy and whoever is hot right now more offensive than the kill whitey party. kill whitey is just a bunch of kids having fun doing their own thing and creating their own scene and music.

i vaguely remember you writing or linking to an article almost a year ago about white audiences at hip-hop shows. maybe it's time to dig around your archives.

Posted by Travis | February 2, 2006 4:53 PM

That's Sierra casady.

Posted by Natalie | February 2, 2006 6:58 PM

thx. fixed

Posted by brooklynvegan | February 2, 2006 7:11 PM

I've been saying for years that irony is now the last refuge of a coward.

This quote just about sums it up.

Soon after the Washington Post article was released, I went over to the Kill Whitie party at Savalas with a group of about a dozen upset women of color to find out what the deal was with this party. We spent about a half hour in a futile argument with a few of the drunken belligerent party promoters (also women of color) before Tha Pumpsta came out. He was also drunken and belligerent. He asked us to come in and dance and when we refused, he called one of the party promoters (a queer black female) over saying "Come and dance with the white supremacist", spun on his heels and headed back into the club. Another woman from the group went up to him later and he handed her a flier with a fat black woman's ass spread across it and told her she should email him the following day.

Man, do I wish this were a clear cut issue of rich white trust fund babies versus disenfranchised po' black/brown folk, but sadly it is not. The people on both sides of the debate come from similar backgrounds, led similar lifestyles, lived in the same neighborhoods. I'd like to say it is just good taste vs. bad taste, but as an avid fan of John Waters I know even Bad Taste can be done in an artistic and truly thought-provoking way.

In the case of Kill Whitie, the line seems to be between intelligent/critical thinking people (with some knowledge of this country's history) versus lowbrow folks who think everything is a joke. Blue States aren't all their cracked up to be.

Posted by camille | February 2, 2006 10:49 PM

How much coke did she just snort?

Posted by bushwick is beautiful | February 3, 2006 12:00 AM

Me? I've never snorted anything.
wish I could say the same for these party promoters...

Posted by camille | February 3, 2006 1:36 PM

Royalty Free Beats For One Dollar

At

http://upbeat.tk

Posted by Royalty Free Beats For One Dollar | July 25, 2006 6:06 PM

Oh snap, can't have your cake and eat it too.

NEW YORKIES CAN'T DANCE.

HATERS DANCE!

LOVERS DANCE!

Posted by Hugo AWESTEEN | May 11, 2007 5:16 AM

i find 50 cent and p diddy and whoever is hot right now more offensive than the kill whitey party. kill whitey is just a bunch of kids having fun doing their own thing and creating their own scene and music.

Posted by show oyunlar | May 9, 2009 2:10 PM

I LOVE MUSIC!

Posted by Canon T2i | February 25, 2010 12:47 PM

i not only love, but i'm mad about music!

Posted by Glass Countertops | September 7, 2010 10:55 AM

Leave a Comment