Nature of a Sista

Yeah Luda hates her. And 50 is currently co-signing. Yup, the rap world just ain’t feelin’ Oprah Winfrey nowadays. Maybe we’re just hating ’cause she’s got more hustle than Russell, more fame than Dame, owns more stuff than Puff, stacks more pay than Jay, and her bank roll extends longer than Eminem’s. Plus, she can put herself on the cover of her own magazine anytime she wants and no one says shit.

Let’s keep it a hundred, you silly curmudgeon: Ole girl’s a rich bougie 52-year-old Black woman who made a fortune off being the voice for old White women—do we really expect her to respect and understand hip-hop culture? Nigga, please.

Still as much we may be disturbed by her closed-door policies, her notoriety is just too much to ignore. That’s why for the longest, unbeknownst to the Chi-town tycoon, Stedman’s boo’s gotten her fair share of shout-outs from an eclectic group of rap artists. Here’s what we have to say about a woman who doesn’t want to hear what we got to say. It’s not right, but it’s okay.

“A landlord named Roper/Did a show at the Copa/When I finished with this I’ll be paid like Oprah.”—Grand Puba from Brand Nubian’s “All For One” (1990)

“Now my great-great-granddad was hung on the tree by the colored man/You probably know him as a White man/I seen the Oprah Winfrey show/She said that was in the past/Man, kiss my ass.”—Grand Puba “Soul Controller” (1992)

“Don’t fuck with no devil/I’d rather marry Oprah/Yeah, you got it/I’m pro Black.”—A.G. from Showbiz and A.G.’s “Represent” (1992)

“I’m bein’ the best that a Black man can be/Blowin’ up just like Oprah Winfrey.”—T. Strong from Original Flavor’s “Grip Da Mic Tight” (1992)

“Hocus pocus/You can try to focus/But you won’t see me/I see you like fuckin’ Oprah’s fat ass/Up on a fat-ass screen.”—Psycho Les from the Beatnuts’ “Hit Me With That” (1994)

“Molest your mind like Oprah Winfrey’s behind when she was a small child.”—Chino XL “Riiiot!” (1996)

“Prices keep on elevatin’, escalatin’ and fluctuatin’ like Oprah Winfrey’s weight/Hesitatin’, eliminatin’ competitor’s competition out the gate.”—E-40 “Dirty Deeds” (1998)

“Nigga pop her/Stick a chick proper/Double platinum Oprah soap opera watchers/Gossipers/I’m popular.”—MF Doom “Impostas” (2000)

“I put the work in, any predictament/In fact it don’t matter to me/The rap Oprah Winfrey with less currency/But rock beautifully, no security with me.”—Cappadonna “War Rats” (2001)

“The ones who watch videos and do what they see/As cute as can be, up in the club with fake ID/Careful, ‘fore you meet a man with HIV/You can host the TV like Oprah Winfrey.”—Nas “I Can” (2002)

“I hustle, I got more Franklins in me than Aretha/If I had Oprah Winfrey, I would marry her and keep her.”—MJG from 8Ball and MJG’s “Forever” (2004)

“Music slower than a running turtle, tell you what they sip in my circle/Samuel Jackson, Whoopie Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, the color purple.”—Chamillionaire “Switch Styles” (2005)

Kanye West “I Met Oprah Winfrey” (2002)
This mix-tape freestyle would eventually lead to an eventual on-air appearance. Miss O even confirmed the story at the end of the song on her show. It’s the one time I watched her wack-ass program.

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  • TARA


    “I make the cats in the back draw closer/Get the comp choked up like white folks on Oprah.”

    Mos Def “Breakdown” (2002)

  • steve

    i’ve heard the kanye joint before, and kudos on the sped up version to get to the point, but damn if that chipmunk shit doesnt just make the boy’s words WAY more annoying in that tone. ehhhh…

  • SnitchyMcRat

    was the speed up version necessary

  • David

    lol @ 50 Cent saying Oprah has mostly white fans.

  • sondoola

    y’all forgot “i rip it like oprah in tight jeans doin’ splits/you need a rap repairman because them shits is on the fritz…”

    -j-ro, from tha liks “last call”

  • lone Nigerian

    the player keeps having an error

  • janice

    I don’t see why there’s this sudden issue with Oprah. So I guess if Oprah started inviting rappers on her show then she would be cool. Please… Oprah can have whomever she wants on her show, and if she doesn’t like Hip Hop then that’s her choice! Believe it or not, not every black person likes Hip Hop. If she were to invite artists like Young Jeezy (Mr Snowman), Rick Ross and Camron on to her show it would be embarassing to watch her tear them to pieces on air and challenge them about their lyrical content. They would be struck dumb. Rappers of today are best off sticking to 106 & Park

  • JML5150

    It’s that she is not objective, like with Ludacris. At least from Bill O Rielly you know what you are going to get.

  • janice

    Oprah is a black woman of a certain age who comes from a different era. What do you expect?

  • khal

    I like the inclusion of MF Doom. Big up YN each and every.

  • Freddy Freeloader

    I agree, she doesn’t have to like HipHop an she doesn’t have to like Luda. What she does have to do if she has the smallest bit of journalistic integrity in her is allow both sides of the story to be heard. Keeping the argument in the show but cutting out Luda’s response is a straight b!tch-move. Bill O’Reilly would be proud.

  • nomadic

    this actually has nothing to do with this particular blog post – but what the fuck is wrong w. hip-hop right now???? look at the top 4 news headlines on this site – they all have to do with seperate shootings – 3 of which involved murders. we all know that hip-hop comes from the streets – but the original idea was to use the music as a way to make lives better – where are the leaders of today?????????????

  • Trill4Real

    Camron the whole Dipset “movement” is bullshit. Just b/c he comes out with halfass mixtapes every month doesnt mean he has a movement.

    Camron is just some what smart. He made a Couple Of MIl and invested in shit like recording equipment, so he could press and distribute his bullshit.
    ——thats it, thats all it is

    His crew will never sell beyound gold if that.
    JR Writer wont go gold neither will Hel Rell.

    Juelz might make it for a while (barely though) only b/c he is on Def Jam so he will have a record deal for a couple of years.

    —–I beat Nas go after Dipset, or at least Camron, and when he does it will be another ETHER…..

  • myrna

    thanks for the words-”O”-wisdom, YN.

    Oprah is old school in that way that gets real ashamed by Negroes who don’t want to turn off the ghetto dialect/stance/profanity when in (racially-mixed) company.

    That’s fine. Whatever. She’s old school, and it’s her show (ain’t this her world and we jus’ rentin’?). What’s not cool is that she feels like she can tell Luda or 50 about who they are and how they should act. She’s not a fan, and barely a watcher/listener of the music — but she knows who’s good/bad, negative/positive?


    I bet Hermés would have let Luda in to shop all night long.

  • bkbabygirl

    Fuck Oprah cause, guess who’s bizzack???

    ’nuff said.

  • SFV-818

    “Dickin down Oprah/jumprope/David Dinkins/Watch the Black mayor of DC/hit the mocha” Ghostface “One”(2000)

  • Iluvmyfif

    “And I move the weight like I’m Oprah’s son, uh, I show how to do this son!!”
    ~Jiggaman, Excuse Me Miss Again (La-La-La)

    And throwin MF Doom up there was essential.