V-Nasty: “If I Can’t Say the N-Word, Then Nobody Should Say It”

On Kreayshawn’s breakout viral hit “Gucci Gucci,” the pint-sized femcee raps, “I’m yelling ‘Free V-Nasty’ ’til my throat is raspy.” Thanks to that and the video’s 27 million views, people knew V-Nasty’s name before most of them had any idea who she was. It turned out she was a member of Kreayshawn’s White Girl Mob, a collection of a few female rhymers from the Bay Area who started to spark some interest following Kreay’s million-plus dollar deal with Columbia six months ago. Quickly, controversy swirled around V-Nasty, when videos surfaced online of her nonchalantly using the N-word. Soon, she made another video defending herself, which triggered David Banner to release a song condemning her actions.

Now ready to make her own name, V-Nasty has teamed with Gucci Mane for BAYTL, a joint album whose title borrows from the two cities that the artists rep. With the project out through Warner Bros. today (December 13), V-Nasty talks to XXL about what it was like working with her favorite rapper, why it’s alright for her to say the N-word around friends even though she plans to stop using it in her music, and more. —Adam Fleischer

XXL: Tell me how the project between you and Gucci came about?

V-Nasty: Gucci Mane reached out to my manager, so my manager got me in the studio with him. That shit was cool. It was a good experience to be in there with someone that I really look up to.

When did he reach out?
About three months ago.

He’s been locked up. Were you guys able to work together in person?
Yeah. I went to Atlanta and worked with him for like two weeks.

What was it like? I’ve heard he’s one of your favorite rappers.
I felt like boo-booing on myself. Nah, I’m just playing. I was hella excited. It was like a dream came true. Like, Damn, Gucci Mane wanna make some songs with me? V-Nasty? It was cool. And he a cool ass person. He made me feel comfortable.

What’s the feel of the project? What are people going to learn about you as an artist?
Hopefully they take it the right way. I’ve seen a lot of negative feedback, but that’s [from] people that have a problem with me already. Hopefully this changes peoples’ minds, because they can actually see how I feel and where I actually come from. At first, I was writing my own stuff, and then Gucci Mane had me freestyling hella shit. It’s a good project, I feel like; hopefully everybody else feels the same.

Where have you felt the negative feedback?
On Twitter and stuff. They say stuff like, Oh, Gucci Mane, you’re hella dumb for making this song with V-Nasty. Just that type of shit. But, oh, well. Whatever.

I know it’s coming out through Warner. Do you have any kind of situation over there?
No. Well, what do you mean?

Have you signed to Warner, or it’s coming out through them because Gucci is over there?
Yeah. It’s like that. I’m not signed to anybody. A couple labels reached out to me, but I didn’t take a deal yet. I’m not ready for one.

You were speaking about some of the negativity aimed in your direction earlier, and some of that initially stemmed from your use of the N-word. I’m wondering where you’re at with that? Are we gonna hear that on this project?
I don’t think so. I don’t think I said it on there.

Why was that?
Because I’m working on not using the N-word in my music and stuff. But on an everyday thing when I’m with my friends, I don’t feel like I should have to change anything. I just feel like I don’t wanna disrespect anybody, because I don’t know what other people have been through. It’s not like that in my city. I just feel like I’m gonna stop using it in my music, in a public eye. Other than that, I’m gonna continue to be myself.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bygglyfe1

    How can you support the oppressor, condoning such language. She can not speak that word and say it out of love to her dumb friends for allowing her to use it. At the end of the day she nor her ancestors were beat and uprooted from their land and seperated from all of who we were. Thank you David Banner for speaking up for a hip hop community hoed out by the oppressor. QOTD-Dollars dont make cents if the dollars got you losing your sense-Me

    • Smart Kid

      Hey, I don’t know about this are not, but scientifically, everyone in the world comes from Africa, so you are wrong, stop being a pussy. That shit didn’t even happen to you, affect you, or have an impact on anyone you know. Not one of your dumbass friends were uprooted from their land or forced to do manual labor.

      • http://n/a Archie

        fuck you how about you and Smart kid find your own damn culture before you say shit you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT! If your not black then you will never know what it is like being outnumbered in most situations. So now that we have gotten past civil rights which most black americans parents or grandparents were alive for we should let you in and disrespect our culture. Why don’t you just originate something you like and quit talking like you could possibly understand the mind state of a black american.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Who cares. She is going to sink like the titanic anyway. No talent rappers dont stick around very long, all these lames are on their way out lyricism is on its way back thank god. Cant wait to see Gucci and Ross and all these other lame ass excuses for musicians hang up their mics and start workin jobs at Mc.D’s.

  • RTL

    damn..let me fuck that girl just for once!
    i get boner everytime i see her on the internet.

  • alderman j

    if she can say nigga then i can say BIITCH!!! THATS ALL SHE IS!!! A HOOD RAT BIITCH!!! SHE THE REASON E-40 AND TOO SHORT SAY BIITCH!!!! and i can say that and it shouldnt be a problem!!!!! and trust me i aint on no negative shit, thats just the way we talk from where im from, no BIITCH from around here would have a problem wit iT………RIGHT????? BIIITCH!!!!!!

  • Cannibal

    It’s funny how black people can call white people “crackaz” but when white girl drops the n-bomb, the whole world goes crazy.. So is it right for black people to call us “crackaz”? I’ll say NO!

    • jimmyjam33

      i can sorta see where your trying to cum from but the n word is rooted in 300 years of fucked up hiistory.

    • Yeah

      Who are these black people dropping “crackaz” all the time? Just because a white dude can’t be bothered to defend their race why the fuck should we allow racist shit to pop off? If I say “Crackaz” come at me but I ain’t taking no dumbass bitch saying nigga in front of me. Maybe white folks need to raise their standards.

    • $yk

      see…”crakas” were the name of SLAVE OPPRESSORS…they “cracked the whip”…

      my question is…WHY DO YOU WANT TO SAY N^GGA SO BADLY?

      do YOU know what the word NEGGAR means? IF you did…and you KNEW history…you would KNOW White America tarnished that word with actions of supremacy and hatred…WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO USE IT NOW?

      NOW…why do you call yourself CAUCASIAN…are you RUSSIAN? YOU BORN OR RAISED IN THE MOUNTAINS?

      NEGGAR
      N!GGER
      NIGGA

      which one do YOU mean? I see more Caucasians tilling the land than Africans…

      CONSIDER THIS MY LAST JEWEL…AND V-NASTY IS CHEEKS…months later we STILL talking about this…no MUSIC…CONTROVERSY

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      • $yk

        And this broad ain’t NOBODY to determine who can say what…muffukkas done DIED OVER THIS…she trying to get PAID offa it…I know PLENTY of chicks like her who would NEVER go there…AND they GOOD PEOPLE…

        word is BOND niccas is SOFT nowadays…

    • http://twitter.com/alsween Alex

      Cracka will never hold near the weight of the N word. The N word is strong than cursing. Cracka isn’t even as bad as calling a person “stupid”. Don’t compare the 2.

    • http://n/a Archie

      fuck you how about you and Smart kid find your own damn culture before you say shit you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT! If your not black then you will never know what it is like being outnumbered in most situations. So now that we have gotten past civil rights which most black americans parents or grandparents were alive for we should let you in and disrespect our culture. Why don’t you just originate something you like and not steal our artform & quit talking like you could possibly understand the mind state of a black american.

  • Sam

    Fucck that biitch and every cracka in the bay if they think its okay to say that word. I don’t care if thats what they say where she’s from. She hangs around a bunch of racists or crackas trying to be Black. I hope her and Kreayshawn go jump off the bay bridge, nobody wants to hear their music. I don’t know what Gucci was thinking. And he told her she street? Yeah right

  • D90

    in a sense she is right, nobody should say that word… but thats all that shes got right

  • B-Minus

    Whata Bitch

  • jason

    this is not right but its a reality. the profuse usage of the word has spawned a generation of young white people who are into hiphop culture that use the word. I was born and raised in the south bronx and I moved to bensonhurst brooklyn about 2 years ago. I was playin ball with some white kids and they were callin each other nigga. It’s accepted and it happens. I am not condoning it but it is a truth in the society we live in now. I honestly don’t beleive that they mean harm by it but it doesn’t make it acceptable, but its the paradox of the world we live in.

    • jason

      She trash anyway by the way and doing an album with gucci aint gonna change that…for either of them for that matter.

    • http://XXL joe

      ALOT OF YOU YOUNG AN DUMB KISS ASS UNCLE TOM NIGGER’S, NEED TO NO THAT SLAVE MASTERS, AN MOST OF THE WHITE RACE GIVE US THAT NAME, WHEN THEY WERE KILLING BLACK MEN AN WOMEN, YOUR BOYS AN GIRLS, THEY WERE CALLING ARE DAUGHTERS THAT WHILE THEY WERE RAPEING THEM AN LITTLE BABYS, WHEN THEY HUNG US FROM TREES THEY SAY LOOK AT THE NIGGER, WE WERE BLACK NO GOOD NIGGERS, TO THEM, AN STILL ARE, ITS JUST ON THE LOW NOW, I BET WHEN THAT BITCH HEARD HER FAMILY SAY THAT WORD, IN HER HOUSE HOLD, IT WASNT CAUSE OF NO HIP HOP SILLY SHIT, THE BOTTOM LINE IS, ALOT OF BLK WOMEN CHILDREN MEN WERE KILLED AN RAPE BEHIND THAT WORD, WHAT THE WORSE WORD YOU CAN SAY TO WHITE PEOPLE THAT THEY DONT LIKE, AN YOU USE IT AROUND THEM AN SEE HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT, THEY MIGHT WANT TO FUCK YOU UP, CAN YOU HIP HOP NUCKEL HEADS UNDERSTAND THAT,

  • youngswagGOD

    yalll are goofy as shit WHO GIVES A FUCK IF SHE SAYS NIGGA, where she grew up everysaid that , ” wassup nigga” ” i was with them niggas the other day” its 2011 you ducks

  • GUCCI MANE A C00N

    GUCCI MAN A NEED A SLAP 4 DIS & THAT H03 NEED TO HAVE HER TONGUE CUT OUT, NEVER SAY THAT WORD AGAIN YOU F*CKING WORM

  • http://msmary1982 M.M

    She should be punched in the mouth everytime she says it. No fucking way am I going to let any white bitch say nigga in my face and not slap the shit out of them. I always knew Gucci Mane was a dumb ass but this is too stupid. The hell with both of them. They better not come to Louisiana with that shit. We still have alot of resentment for white people.

  • http://1nation micki free

    she is pure trailor trash and nobody gave this bitch a pass music is garbage working with gucci doesnt give you no pass either .intelligent people dont listen 2 ignorant azz wack rappers .she could never be on public enemy or paris krs one . stick them clowns who rap bout nothing and who check in and out jail and mind and body damage from too many drugs do us afavor xxl dont give this trash no more interviews.

  • King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap

    bottom line…..WE EQUAL OR WE AINT SHYT AS HUMANS,every race is entitled 2 say wateva da next can,how wood blacks like if whites said we couldnt do shyt cuz we aint”white”? its a word we as blacks throw around freely but bash sum1 outside our race 4 doing so,daz da real definition of a hypocrite,we mad at dis like its a “real issue” wat about da illuminati fukn yo country up wit 9/11,fake ass obama,paying terrorists,bilderburg group & possibly hiding aliens & dey plans from us? wake da fuk up!!!!! race isnt a big issue anymore,MONEY IS!!!!! y’all doin wat da government wnt u 2 do,sweat da small stuff…..http://www.youtube.com/user/Darealkingrichard/videos

  • King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap

    bottom line…..WE EQUAL OR WE AINT SHYT AS HUMANS,every race is entitled 2 say wateva da next can,how wood blacks like if whites said we couldnt do shyt cuz we aint”white”? its a word we as blacks throw around freely but bash sum1 outside our race 4 doing so,daz da real definition of a hypocrite,we mad at dis like its a “real issue” wat about da illuminati fukn yo country up wit 9/11,fake ass obama,paying terrorists,bilderburg group & possibly hiding aliens & dey plans from us? wake da fuk up!!!!! race isnt a big issue anymore,MONEY IS!!!!! y’all doin wat da government wnt u 2 do,sweat da small stuff……..http://www.youtube.com/user/Darealkingrichard/videos

  • Kosi

    Now i’m from oakland n i can tell u people out here aint cool with people that are not black sayn the n word.idk wtf she talkn bout but it aint true.she cant even defend her use of it she just keep sayn idk i cant explain it.im not black n i have black friends and my wife is black but i dont use that word.not my place n it aint hers either.she jus want sum attention.its crazy how this pop up again right before her album come out.gucci n mista fab shud b ashamed.

  • http://www.jaybizzlefresh.com Jb

    As a black person who doesn’t use the word, I don’t see why its so hard for a white person or anybody else not to use the word.

  • nicole

    This little girl so so damn ignorant. Maybe she should have spent more time in school rather than tryna be the flavor of the moment. Word of advice: V-Nasty why don’t you sit down, pick up an American history book & figure why Black folks maybe opposed to you using the N-word. “If I can’t say it then, nobody should say it…” Ur a lame….

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  • NorthBest

    People might actually like her if she didn’t say it. Her album with gucci is gonna sell like 10000 copies at best. She is goin against the grain in a culture created by black people. At least kreayshawn is somewhat attractive ha

  • jr88

    who in there right mind would fuck this bitch….lol…she reminds me of mayo everytime i see her…lol…she is getting buzz just cause of that one word…if she stops using it then she is done…lol

  • FRANCK MITCHEL

    Every time I read that headline I laugh. Thats the point V-Nasty NO ONE IS SUPPOSE TO SAY IT!

  • Avenger XL

    It doesn’t matter what she says. This is a free country but you have to be ready to take any result your action cause. You cannot controls people reaction any more than you can control what she says. The question isn’t can she say it or not. The real question is why do you want to. There is no rule in hip-hop that says you have to call your friend nigga or you are not real. If that is what they do where they are from or in her circle of friends that is local and outsiders may not react the same and she is gotta live with that. This is a stupid debate over a less than mediocre entertainer.

  • Victoria

    I like her, I lovvve her mix tape, too. I live in NC and I’m here to tell you there are white kids running around saying the n word everywhere .I’m white and I don’t use it by choice but that’s me. People always gotta find something to bitch about with people that are doing things with there life. I’ve liked her from day one and I’ll always be down with V-nasty unless she starts slippin’. I even like her more than I like Kreayshawn. People just need to chill and stop trying to be internet gangsters.

  • Okocha

    Die already Bitch

  • corey

    slavery and our ancestry are irrelevant in 2012. so if youre offended by someone using the n-word in a non-racist manner you need to grow the fuck up. and i agree that nobody has the right to say it, including david banner. how old was he when he was sold into slavery and beaten by white people? oh yeah hes a rich dude in 2012 who makes money off of rapping and producing, and wasnt alive when slavery was happening. and he has no business being offended by a word, neither does anybody else, unless its used in a harmful/derogatory manner.

  • Unknown

    This bitch is STUPID!!!!!!!!!!

  • fuckyall

    well the bitch cant rap. but i feel she should tone down on that n word. why dont we switch it up like hows it going my coons lol poeple are to up tight . every one a bigit on some things my best freinds half spic. but i do any thing in the world for my homie. but i still thank wet backs should swim home. or lurn some dam english

  • Rah

    this bitch is as stupid as she is ignorant! an she better tell her kid not to let anyone know who she is cuz they’ll woop her lil monkey ass.n why would you let ur kid listen to those wack ass ignant lyrics anyway

  • CaponeMOB

    i knew this bitch was SO fukin ignorant the moment i read the three first questions,all her responses to questions sound so fukin DUMB. is like interviewing beavis and butt-head. she dint give ONE intellegent answer,she’s worser then wocka flocka in interviews. she couldnt even give a proper answer to that simple question were xxl asked “do you got a situation over there” and she’s like”what do you mean?” that nigga PAUL WALL got more fukin street cred then she does and HE doesnt even use the word nigga. if paul wall was to use that word i think not even david banner would have a problem with it. paul wall just says he wasnt raised to say that word.
    and i hate the stupid argument white people have,they say why is it okay for hispanics to say that word but wrong for white people to use it?,are you fukin kiddin me? white people are just as racist towards hispanics as they are towards black people,plus the prisons are filled with nothing but hispanics and blacks,and blacks call hispanics niggas all the the time,so hispanics do the same,and hispanics are street niggas that get money in the streets with blacks. and last time i checked there isnt a hispanic KKK. i even know REAL white street dudes that dont use that word. and the last thing this bitch is,is street. nothing street about this bitch.and this bitch thinks just cuz she’s half asian she gets some type of pass or some shit. nobody cares about your other half,all niggaz see is your white ass complexion and features and you using the N word. she must have sucked gucci’s and mista fabs dick real good for them niggaz to defend this ignorant white bitch. nothing worser then a ignorant white bitch using the N word. i find it crazy that REAL white street dudes refrain from using that word,but this lil dumb bitch cant refrain from that word knowing that alotta people are goin to have an issue with that cuz her dumb ass is WHITE plus she has alotta people checking for her video’s.the interviewer went to soft on this bitch. the good thing this bitch aint goin to last in the rap game,she’s a fuckin gimmick.

    • Shaadykatie

      Worser isn’t a word. Before you go around calling people ignorant you may want to learn some things yourself.

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  • christopher mitchell

    Im sure Im much older than everyone commenting on this blog, but let me say this . The N-word is a very hateful and horrible word that has caused people of color to feel fear from the the very sound of the word in our past history, the fact that we can use this word so loosely on an everyday basis, shows how sad, miseducated and ignorant we have let our young people become. This young lady is disrespecting our black culture and our pride and joy called HIP HOP! If your a person of color sit back and think of your relatives who indured pain to try and omit this word from our language,
    and never give anyone the feeling that its okay to disrespect you, me and our people with such VULGARITY!

  • Larry

    I wont comment on the n word dilema, but XXL PLEASE DONT SUPPORT HER. her music is horrible, and she’s ruining hip-hop. both the culture and the music.

  • Rosieee

    I like V-Nasty, her family has hella deep roots in Oakland. She’s a hella cool bitch in my opinion.

  • EatADick

    who the fuck cares if she said nigga. Anyone who is taking great offense to this is just looking for attention.

  • EatADick

    And to everyone that uses the word “hella”. I hate you.

  • SupBitch

    Yo Christopher Mitchell if everyone has been working so hard to take nigga out of people vocabulary than how come as soon as I walk out my front door I’ll hear some black dude call another dude a nigga. It may have originated out of hate but has since become a sign of camaraderie between people. Shit changes, didnt you listen to obama’s slogan? Its 2012 NIGGAS get with the time.

  • whange

    I was gonna go off on this huge thing about how terrible V-Nasty is, but really the music speaks for itself