Kodak + Self the Poet – “Nigga” @WANPOETRY (SLAM MANIA 2019)


Nigga! Noun, originating from the word nigger – a derogatory term towards black people that took its first wrong turn from white lips in 1864 Definition: ignant, inferior, less than, not privileged, not worthy. Not white. not white. not white. Did you get lost when looking for gold and happened upon kings and queens? Are you lost? Like my people when we were drug from our homes? Maybe you figured you discovered us? You know the same way you discovered America Did your GPS malfunction, tell you to keep left at the fork for discovery become synonymous with stolen or manipulation? Don’t you know we are our favorite people? That no matter how far you may move us from our homes, this black skin be a compass, be a guide back to our throne Colonizers. In 500 feet, we will U-turn the definition reclaim it as something special. Nigga. Not like degrading black person, not like coon or slave. No, nigga, as in family member or friend, or I don’t even know you, but you cool so you still my….nigga! Never been late to a function
because a nigga gotta be so fly! And I’m not fashionably late…
I’m just running on colored people time. See, the word nigga is a ungendered,
unbiased and uncolored. So when I say these niggas crazy, colonizers he talking about you too! Nigga. When did it become cool for a white person to say it? Because to me it felt like when we stepped off the boats or when we hit the banks, still gettin memories of that field nigga. Did you get lost? We’re trying to find the underground
railroad to your pigment when you were trying to force the word
nigger down our throats Did we lose you when we took that same word? Drug it from your lips Colonizers! In 50 feet, you will arrive when you had a nigga fucked up, nigga! Like not having access to the same tools as others, like he’s brought a new science cuz niggas don’t read maps I mean instruction manuals. So instead, we venture out into the ancient art of afro engineering aka we will nigga rig the shit out of a situation Like, like how your culture is built by niggas, formed and molded by niggas, yo education, nigga. Yo clothes, nigga. Yo culture, your language, your greatest fear, nigga. nigga. nigga. Not like degrading black person, more like gods Niggas! We must be gods Cuz gods aren’t allowed to live amongst the people And before you ask the word nigga is no longer a two-way street. It is our one-way ticket back home Back to our throne. No longer can you offend us with a word that we re-purposed into something culturally beautiful, in other words…No, you still can’t say it now. Nigga!

11 thoughts on “Kodak + Self the Poet – “Nigga” @WANPOETRY (SLAM MANIA 2019)

  1. ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

  2. Wow! "Repurposed and made beautiful". This poem was beautiful and well said.πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸΎ

  3. "gods can't be among the people" YOWWWWWWWWW that oven is HOTTTT. πŸ”₯

  4. I Have To Admit I Shared This On ALL Of My Socials, Don't Care Who Gets Offended, I Have New Love For Poetry Now. #SoGladToBeBlack! #ThanksForStandingUp.
    #Nigga. #Self&Kodak.

  5. This poem is everything. I needed it. So badly. Thank you πŸ™πŸΎ

  6. Thank you. ✊️🏾✊️🏾✊️🏾

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