Niggas vs. Black People

Niggas Vs. Black People

Niggas vs. Black People

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"Niggas vs. Black People" is the title of one of Chris Rock's most famous and most controversial compositions. This bit, which appeared as track 12 on his 1997 album, Roll With the New, as well as his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain, is widely considered to be the breakthrough routine that established his status as a comedy fixture after he left Saturday Night Live.

Essentially an eight-minute rant about behaviors that Rock sees within the black community; he describes "niggas" as a cohort whose behavior is usually detrimental to the image of other black people which embodies many negative African-American stereotypes. The "niggas," he said, glorify ignorance and sloth, and brag about fulfilling any minor responsibility that normal people would just do. Rock rejects the view that this image of African-Americans is purely cultivated by the media. In the routine, he says, "You think I've got 3 guns in my house 'cause the media outside? When I go to the money machine tonight, alright, I ain't looking over my back for the media: I'm looking for niggas!"

In a 2003 interview, Rock explained that the idea for the bit came from the song "Us" from the 1991 Ice Cube album Death Certificate., Gavin Edwards, Rolling Stone, August 13, 2003

The controversy caused by Rock's constant use of the word nigga led him to remove the piece from his act. In a 60 Minutes interview, Rock said, "By the way, I've never done...
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