O.J., Like, “I’m not black, I’m O.J.”… okay


Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga 
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga 
Still nigga, still nigga 

The Story of OJ by Jay Z is a song with a message, I can generally relate to. Through colonisation, gentrification and racism we have been told to judge someone based on skin tone colour. Regardless if we stem from the same racial background or not, having fairer skin has been pushed along and brainwashed society.

 

The title of the song was influenced by OJ Simpson the former NFL running back who was accused and acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The trial was named the “Trial of the century” due to the public attention of a black man being accused of murdering his beautiful white wife.

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O.J., Like, “I’m not black, I’m O.J.”… okay

Jay Z choose to pick up on this because he felt once a person of colour gets to place of ultimate fame they tend to forget their culture. With that statement it was like OJ was saying his better than a black man.

The song open and features the musical sample of Nina Simone – Four Women.  Four characters, Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing, and Peaches represent different types of black women and the lasting legacy of slavery. In the soft and sultry ballad, Nina Simone creates a genealogy of black women through slavery to the present.

My skin is black
My arms are long
My hair is woolly
My back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
inflicted again and again
What do they call me
My name is AUNT SARAH
My name is Aunt Sarah

My skin is yellow
My hair is long
Between two worlds
I do belong
My father was rich and white
He forced my mother late one night
What do they call me
My name is SAFFRONIA
My name is Saffronia

My skin is tan
My hair is fine
My hips invite you
my mouth like wine
Whose little girl am I?
Anyone who has money to buy
What do they call me
My name is SWEET THING
My name is Sweet Thing

My skin is brown
my manner is tough
I’ll kill the first mother I see
my life has been too rough
I’m awfully bitter these days
because my parents were slaves
What do they call me
My name is PEACHES

The Story of OJ

Are you a House negro or Field negro?

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What are your thoughts on Jay Z readdressing and stimulating the talk of race? Do you agree that once a black person becomes successful they dissociate themselves with black culture?

 

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