Not only is Santogold a rapper, she might be a guy

Here’s Santogold the other day, in a story about how her music is listed in iTunes and other online retailers as rap or R&B, despite the fact that it isn’t.

It’s racist (laughs). It’s totally racist. Everyone is just so shocked that I don’t like R&B. Why does R&B keep coming into my interviews? It’s pissing me off. I didn’t grow up as a big fan of R&B and, like, what is the big shocker? It’s stupid. In the beginning I thought that was funny. I’m an ‘MC’, I’m a ‘soul singer’, I’m a ‘dance hybrid artist’. And some guy said I looked like Kelly Rowland!

Normally, I’d be tempted to agree with Santogold[1].

I encourage young artists, especially young black artists, to pursue whatever genre of music they want, and the idea that black artists whose music hardly contains any traces of rap or R&B are still classified as such, just because they’re black strikes me as some ol’ racist bullshit.

It reminds me of when the local rock station here in St. Louis used to play Eminem, obviously just because he’s white. I mean, at least the Beastie Boys, who they still crank to this day (meanwhile, when’s the last time you heard Eminem on the radio?), had some traces of actual rock in their shit.

Not that I could complain too much. If they did start playing black rappers, it’d probably be someone I didn’t want to hear anyway – with it being the radio and all.

That being said, I’ve got some issues with this broad Santogold, and I’m not sure if this issue is as cut and dry as racist cracka-ass crakcas at Apple calling her a rapper just because she’s black.

First of all, I reviewed her album for my own site, and I thought it was fucking awful. I realize that the quality of the music doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with how it’s classified at retail, but I’m gonna go ahead and go there anyway, because I’m a hater like that.

But the reason I even bothered with it in the first place, as I mentioned in my review is because I read, in Noz’s blog here, that she was gonna be performing on this summer’s Rock the Bells tour. Which is… you know, a motherfucking rap tour. So I figured there was probably a certain hip-hop element to her shit?

(How in the fuck are you gonna be going out on a hip-hop tour, headlined by the likes of Tribe, and Nas, and Rakim, and have the sheer balls to complain that your shit is classified as hip-hop? Women, I swear.)

And there kinda is – or, at least more than she’s letting on in her diatribes about how her shit needs to be classified as pop music. Some of it sounds just like late ’90s era No Doubt, i.e. before Gwen Stefani started to blacken her sound up; but some of that shit sounds just like M.I.A., who I wouldn’t classify as a rapper per se, but a hipster rapper – which is actually what I referred to Santogold as, in my review, a while before this became an issue.

I’m not saying race didn’t play into her shit being classified as rap music. I’m just saying. If the god-awful Corinne Bailey Rae’s shit showed up in the rap section (Corinne Bailey Rae = Raekwon?), then we might have an issue. It wouldn’t be an issue important enough that anyone should actually give a shit, but it’d be an issue none the less.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there’s the issue of so many black kids these days getting into rock music primarily as a matter of fashion – which I find to be much more of an issue that the apartheid state of the music business. In fact, I’d be willing to let the old system of apartheid remain in place, if it’s gonna help rid the world of the N*E*R*Ds and the Santogolds and mofos walking around in tight-ass jeans and Hot Topic concert tees of bands they hadn’t even heard of two years ago.

Newsflash: If you’ve ever changed the way you dress based on a genre of music, you might be gay.

Granted I realize you can’t put this all on Santogold, or this particular issue, but it’s hard not to view this latest dust-up as part of the overall debate re: black folks in rock music in the past few years now, where you’ve had mofos acting as if they’re all oppressed, because they go to rock shows and there aren’t any other black people there (just like good rap shows!) or because other black people give them shit for dressing like a fruit.

Meanwhile, I’ve been listening to rock music and going to rock shows since back before it was all trendy, and I’ve never had an issue with any of this. I go wherever the fuck I want, regardless of if there’s gonna be any other black people there; and I dress like a grown-ass man. Because that’s what a grown-ass man does. Never mind what the haters think.

What do you haters think? Is Santogold’s obsession with genre classification a sign that she shouldn’t be taken seriously as an artist? Also, when she appears at Rock the Bells this summer, will the audience have the cojones to pick up big clumps of mud and throw it at her, like at Woodstock ’94, or are they just gonna stand there like a bunch of bitches. I’m not trying to incite a riot or anything. I’m just saying. Speak on it.

[1] One thing I do agree with Santogold on is that R&B is as teh ghey as eight guys blowing nine guys, with one dick left over to stick in someone’s ear.

  • JAY STONE

    First!!!!

  • jonathan

    bol if you believe that i slept with a guy or had sex with a transvestite or any of that nonsense your stupid! if you dont see that everyone of these hoes that steals this money winds up growing a dick after a while your dumb! how many girls you think could grow dicks that you know! whas the odds of it! really! they do that after they get the inheritance to avoid futher passing of the inheritance! a year ago i heard beyonce had balls. lololol! its what happens when you get that asian bug! just like they send a universal torture signal they send a universal grow a dick bitches signal! how else would you explain a bitch having kids then growing a dick! be real nigga! you think steroids got all these bitches a dick! get real nigga! its the fucking evil bullshit it is! dont ever get confused nigga! these mofuckas was so obsessed with the way i fucked bitches they sought every hoe out and used my money to turn them into what they did! thats the sick conspiracy! get real nigga! for real for real! dont let them fool you! i never touched a woman with a dick! in my life nigga! dont get confused! you understand!

    • http://colby-sempek.com Ghost

      Dog…lay off whatever the fuck your on…chill out…and then put together a coherent thought…It’s not that hard

  • http://www.cocaineblunts.com/ noz

    “Newsflash: If you’ve ever changed the way you dress based on a genre of music, you might be gay.”

    A++

  • jonathan

    if you dont understand what is urking all these rap niggas what is really going on! remember when this all started and everyone was talking about some chick uptown having aids and the government selling fautly condumns in the hood and all that dumb shit! these niggas went crazy on these hoes and all these niggas! PUFF JAYZ 50 THE WHOLE GUNIT ALL THESE NIGGAS CAUGHT THE MONKEY! ALL OF THEM! ITS WHY 3 YEARS AGO A NIGGA TRIED TO THROW MY BROTHER CHRIS OFF A BALCONY WHILE HE WAS ON A PRIVATE ISLAND ON VACATION! ITS THE MONKEY AND THAT I WILL SPEAK UP ABOUT IT! THEY TRYING TO SAY OR DO ANYTHING TO EMBARRAS ME! YOU UNDERSTAND NIGGA! ANYTHING INCLUDING GIVING THAT SHIT TO EVERY GIRL I BEEN AROUND! AND STEALING ALL MY MONEY! TORTURING ME AND DOING THE DEVILS WORK! REMEMBER WHEN THIS FIRST STARTED AND I WAS IN THE HOUSE IN MD. AND THATS ALL THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT! THEN WHEN I WENT AND TOOK THAT TEST AND IT CAME OUT HIV NEGATIVE EVERYONE WAS LIKE YOU GOTTA GO SAVE YOUR KIDS WERE SORRY WE THOUGHT YOU WERE THE PERSON WHO PASSED OUT THE HIV! CAUSE 50 WAS ROLLING AROUND TELLING EVERYONE JONATHAN STARTED IT! NO JONATHAN GOT HIS TECHNOLOGY FROM GOD! AND THEN THE ASIANS IMPLANTED THE ASIAN BUG TO TRACE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT I WAS WITH AND THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO COVER UP THE STEALING OF MY INHERITANCE AND THE SICK SHIT THEY HAD BEEN DOING SUPPORTED THE BUG AND THE TECHNOLOGY TO FABRICATE THIS FAKE WAR ON SOME DUMB OH WE LOOKING FOR TERRORIST BULLSHIT THAT WAS A TOTAL FUCKING LIE! I KNOW THE ASIAN BITCH THAT IMPLANTED ME WITH THE NONSENSE AND ALL THAT FROM THIS DENTIST OFFICE THAT JAYZ LYHOR RUSSELL EVERYONE WENT TO ON 59TH STREET! THEY USED THE NURSE I USE TO FLIRT WITH SOME HISPANIC CHICK FROM PR AS ONE OF THE FIRST THEIVES THEY MADE SEEM LIKE I HAD KIDS WITH ONCE MY REAL BABY MOMS NIKKI DIED! YOU UNDERSTAND! ITS A FUCKING BULLSHIT CONSPIRACY THAT EVERYONE IS FIGHTING DIFFERENT SIDES FOR DIFFERENT REASONS! THEY CLAIM IM IMMUNE TO THE BULLSHIT! IM NOT IMMUNE I USE CONDUMNS! YOU UNDERSTAND! AND I HAD TO HOOKERS THAT WHEN YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR WITH A HOOKER AND SHE SAYS YOU WANT ME TO FLUSH THAT CONDUMN YOU LET THEM! NOT THINKING THEY ARE SAVING THE CONDUMN IN THE FRIGERATOR AND USEING IT TO GET BITCHES PREGNANT SO THEY CAN STEAL THIS MONEY! THATS HOW ALL THE RUSSIANS GOT THIS MONEY! I SLEPT WITH THIS RUSSIAN BIG ASS HOOKER 6 YEARS AGO ONE NIGHT WHEN I BROKE UP WITH MY SHORTY FOR A FEW WEEKS COMING FROM THE STUDIO! SOME NIGGA CALLED HER PHONE AND TOLD ME HE HAD SLEPT WITH HER SO I GOT MAD AND PAID FOR SEX LIKE AN IDIOT! THE BITCH WAS SOME RUSSIAN WHORE AND SHE SAID YOU WANT ME TO THROW THAT CONDUMN AWAY! THATS HOW THAT HAPPENED! YOU UNDERSTAND! THE LAST TIME WAS 3 MONTHES AFTER I BROKE UP WITH MY LAST SHORTY AND I WAS IN THE DUMPS AND NIGGAS WAS LIKE YOU NEED TO FUCK SOME OTHER CHICK TO GET OVER THAT HOE, SO I CALLED OVER A SHORTY AND THE SAME BULLSHIT! YOU WANT ME TO THROW AWAY THIS CONDUMN! NIGGA I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VAGINA AND BUTHOLE! BY DICK GETS SO HARD IT WONT FIT IN A CHICKS RECTUM DESPITE ALL THE LITTLE DICK BULLSHIT YOU HEAR! YOU UNDERSTAND! SHE DID THE SAME SHIT! YOU WANT ME TO THROW THAT CONDUMN AWAY! SAME SHIT! YEAH THATS COOL! NOT KNOWING WHAT I KNOW NOW! YOU UNDERSTAND! ME KNOWING WHAT I KNOW NOW! ITS ALL A SETUP! YOU UNDERSTAND! I DONT SLEEP WITH TRANSVESTITES! ANYTIME I ORDERED A GIRL I SPECIFICALLY SAID THAT! NO TRANSVESTITES! YOU CAN LOOK AT A CHICKS HANDS FUCK THE ADAMS APPLE! THE HANDS TELL THE WHOLE STORY! YOU UNDERSTAND! DONT GET IT CONFUSED! THIS WAS ABOUT AIDS WITH THE RAPPERS AND THESE WHORES AND WHEN I DIDNT TEST POSITIVE NIGGAS WAS LIKE YO YOU GOTTA SAVE YOUR KIDS THEY ARE BEING MOLESTED! MD FLORIDA L.A. YOU UNDERSTAND! THEN WHEN THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT THE MONEY AND STARTED GETTING PAID OFF THEY STARTED HELPING THE MOLESTORS! DONT GET IT CONFUSED MY NIGGA! USE YOUR BRAIN! A GAZZILION DOLLARS AND ALL THE RUMORS! FOR REAL! USE YOUR BRAIN! YOU UNDERSTAND! NEVER NEVER ANY TRANSVESTITES! A FEW UGLY CHICKS MAYBEE BUT NO TRANSVESTITES! YOU GOT PRESSURE RIGHT NOW FROM PEOPLE ABOVE CAUSE IM SAYING EXCACTLY WHAT IT IS! YOU UNDERSTAND! GO BACK AND REMEMBER WHEN ALL THE AIDS TALK BETWEEN 50 AND BUSTA AND JAYZ AND PUFFY AND THE LOX AND CAMERON ALL THEM NIGGAS WAS GOING ON! THATS WHAT IT IS! YOU UNDERSTAND! AND THESE DUMMIES IS STUPID ENOUGH TO LET A FUCKING NANO BUG BE SPREAD AROUND TO MAKE IT EASIER TO PASS THAT SHIT OFF! YOU UNDERSTAND! DONT GET IT CONFUSED! YOUR A SMART DUDE! USE YOUR BRAIN! YOU FEEL ME! THEY USE NIGGAS TO SETUP CONSPIRACIES AND USE THAT SAME DISEASE TO DIVIDE ME AND MY KIDS CAUSE OF THERE DIRTY MOMS! YOU UNDERSTAND! I GOT NO TIME TO EVEN THINK ABOUT HOLDING ANY PUNCHES! REMEMBER PUTIN AND BUSH SAYING IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS 6 MONTHES AGO THEY WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A CURE FOR THE HIV. THEN GEORGE BUSH JOKED ABSTINENCE CAUSE IM NOT GETTING NONE! THEY KNOW EXCACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON! THEY ARE USEING NIGGAS EMBARRASMENT AND ANGER TO FUEL A WAR TO STEAL THAT SLAVE MONEY I INHERITIDED TO COVER UP STEAL THAT SHIT AND ACHIEVE MANY AGENDA’S AT ONCE! YOU UNDERSTAND! DONT GET IT CONFUSED MY NIGGA! THAT HOW THE RUSSIAN RENAISANCE TOOK PLACE THE LAST 5 YEARS! WITH MY MONEY! YOU FEEL ME! THATS WHY THEY STARTED GIVING IT OUT TO ALL THESE OTHER COUNTRIES! I PROBABLY GOT BABIES IN EVERY COUNTRY RIGHT NOW! NOT FROM ME HAVING SEX! TEST TUBE BABIES! YOU UNDERSTAND! REMEMBER THE EVENTS AND RECOGNIZE! ITS SEVERAL DIFFERENT WARS! REMEMBER THEM ON HOT 97 TELLING ME TO TELL KARLA TELL HOPE YOU GOT PEOPLE MOLESTING YOUR KIDS! AND ALL THAT DUMB SHIT! WELL HOPE IT WASNT HER KIDS IT WAS MY KIDS FROM NIKKI THAT SHE STOLE THAT WAS GETTING MOLESTED! AND KARLA IT WAS HER KID! YOU FEEL ME! ITS NOT NO COINCIDENCE EVERY CHICK I EVER HAD SEX WITH KIDS IS BEING MOLESTED! WHETHER MINE OR NOT! AND EVEN U SAID IT! IM SURE THE MAYOR DOESNT CONDONE THAT! YOU KNOW THE TAPES! EVEN CNN WAS TRYING TO WARN ME! THEN WHEN THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT THE MONEY! THEY SHUT THE FUCK UP! AND STARTED GOING WITH THE CONSPIRACY! WHY CAUSE TED TURNER WAS FUCKING ONE OF THESE HOES ON HIS BOAT! ITS THE MANSION IN SANFRANCISCO WHERE ALL THE HOES WERE WERE ALL THE POLITICIANS WENT AND ALL THE BUSINESS MEN WENT WHERE YOU COULD BUY WHATEVER YOU WANTED! WOMAN CHILDREN BOYS GIRLS! AND THEY ARE USEING MY MONEY TO COVER IT UP! CAUSE IM SPAZZING ON PUFF JIGGA AND 50 OVER THE HIV! THEY ARE UPSET! BUT ITS TRUE MY NIGGA! YOU FEEL ME! AND THEY FEEL STUPID CAUSE THEY DIDNT HAVE THE IMMUNE BABIES THEY HAD THE STEVEN LIGHTY CHRIS LIGHTY’S POPS THE 3RD FALSE FATHER THAT MOLESTED MY KIDS BABIES! YOU UNDERSTAND! ITS ALL BULLSHIT! JUST TRY TO GET SOME CRUMBS KEEP SPEAKING THE TRUTH EVENTUALLY THEY WILL PAY YOU OFF!

    • ceedat

      It’s like looking directly into the mind of a geek monster…It’s like he typed his dusthead rant for XXL someone get this man some help.

    • Yayza

      what is this i don’t even

    • http://www.first.com Mr. Alex

      This guy needs a father figure.

  • B

    Someone needs to give Jonathan his own blog ASAP. Thanks Jonathan, I’m definitely not fuckin with any more Russian transvestites. Damn test tube babies…

  • moresickaMC

    I like Santogolds album..but its def not rap/r&B

  • droopey

    Well ive got her album and i have to say its orite especially that “creator” track but thats about it. Its definately not R&B and doesnt belong there either. Shes got the sounds of M.I.A. which i would say is popish.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Santagold(WTF?) what type of bloody fucking mick name is that? Anyways she is such a sucky “Artiste” that if she wanna be classified as Hipster/Neo-Soul/Funk/InterGalactic CrackHead or whatever she can because her music is for Ex-Mass Appeal subscribers who rock shit like Aeon-Flux and sip Brown Delight at Starbucks. Anyways the only non-Rap Rapper chick I kinda dig in her musical taste is Estelle(that chick looks like this chick I let lick mi bum bum at this Common show last Christmas), anyways if your not that chick named Estelle then you don’t have the right to front like your music is actually good(even though we all know Santagold does “Acid-Pop”)………………

  • Chris

    Nice Patton Oswalt reference.

    And yeah, her album is shit, which is odd since the Res album she wrote during the great Neo-Soul label-drop of 2002/3 had a bunch of good songs on it.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    church is still in effect

  • http://myspace.com/downwiththaking thekingof118

    “Meanwhile, I’ve been listening to rock music and going to rock shows since back before it was all trendy, and I’ve never had an issue with any of this. I go wherever the fuck I want, regardless of if there’s gonna be any other black people there; and I dress like a grown-ass man. Because that’s what a grown-ass man does. Never mind what the haters think.”

    u right bol, there this bar i been dying to go to in my city that’s full of the prettiest white bitches in south GA but when i go im the only black dude in there. well no more GOD DAMN IT!!!! I bout to go get a snow bunny and let her do rails off the johnson!

  • BIGNAT

    YES YOU ARE GAY BECAUSE YOU CHANGE THE WAY YOU DRESS BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU LISTEN TO. I LISTEN TO NERDS MY CLOTHES DID NOT GET ANY DIFFERENT. ALSO IF YOU DON’T WANNA GO SOME PLACE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO PEOPLE OF THE SAME RACE AS YOU. THAT MEANS YOU ARE A FUCKING LOSER UNLESS IT MEANS HARM TO YOU. ONE TIME WHILE DRIVING AROUND IN FLORIDA WITH SOME FRIENDS WE DECIDED TO GO INTO A LOCAL BAR. WHEN WE OPENED THE DOOR I THOUGHT WE STEPPED INTO CIVIL WAR TIMES. THERE WERE CONFEDERATE FLAGS EVERYWHERE. THE LADY AT THE BAR KINDLY TOLD US WE CAN HAVE THESE BEERS AND THAT SHE WOULD PAY FOR THEM AND ONCE WE FINISH THEM. THAT COULD WE PLEASE LEAVE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HERE DON’T LIKE NEW PEOPLE IN THERE BAR. MEANING WE DON’T LIKE NIGGERS BUT HEH I GOT A FREE BEER MWHAHAHAHAHA

  • dronkmunk

    Yay..patton oswalt.

  • Andria

    bol i have never seen this lady naked… but i decided to google her to find out what she looked like…

    i can’t tell if she’s cute or not.. the pic had her at a weird angle.. but i can say i did not like the way the rolling stone article started…

    “WHO On her first day as the only black kid in a Philadelphia private school, Santi White hid in a corner at recess. “I didn’t know what to do,” she recalls. But before long, the charismatic daughter of a lawyer had conquered the school’s social scene. “I was part of this clique, the Fearsome Fivesome,” says White…”

    we really don’t need to know that you hung with the preppy white kids or your dad is a lawyer.. TMI….. that’s prob why she was kinda upset about being put in the r&b section….

    pretentious black folks..especially females dont like to be associated with nigs.. thats just how it is.

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    Who the fuck is Santogold and why does anyone care?…..

  • Ryan

    It kind of sucks to see dudes wearing baggy jeans and a Cannibal Corpse tour t shirt fresh off the Hot Topic rack cause it matches their fitted and AF1′s. It pisses me off even more because I’ve been matching band tees with hats and shirts for years, except I actually like the bands shirts I’m wearing. Maybe if they actually got into the bands it wouldn’t suck so god damn much, but it’s almost as bad as the ironic facial hair/mullet/sleeveless Winger t shirt/lime green guitar Atreyu bullshit that was all the rage a couple years ago. Fuck it all, just be yourself. Fruits.

  • clarknova

    Santogold is the Shit…. that is all.