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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

OG NIKI

So.. OG Niki, jumping on the bandwagon of slandering this 17year old female rapper rather late...

I did hear about her quite a while back and never got round to bothering to form an opinion, I'm so anti girls/women being labelled sluts/slags..whatever the latest insult is but I have to admit that sometimes girls do just make it a whole lot harder to be defended.
How shocking exactly is she though?
I went to the Emin exhibition the other day, the boyfriend is positive she does everything just to shock, that she is just trying to be 'one of those Camden type girls who dont give a fuck'...I personally don't think Emin's work is an attention seeking ploy, designed to repulse people into viewing and reviewing, I think she is an artist who is original enough to have the chance to showcase her point of view, her inner thoughts.  It takes a lot of guts to openly discuss the things she does, things she has experienced.  
Could OG Niki not just be the same?  A young girl expressing society and her life/views how she sees fit?
Is what she is saying that much more shocking than what we see in music videos that are considered perfectly acceptable by today's standards? 
Take Christina Aguilera for example, aged 15 I was not shocked or outraged when I watched her gyrating her baby-oiled crotch at the camera in her music video Dirrty. And well, school IT lessoons were designed for trawling through shock sites. If it wasn’t looking for images of drug addicts that had torn their own face off while high on PCP, it was watching the latest music videos.
I think it would be fair to say I’m pretty desensitised to stuff I should be offended by as I imagine most people my age are.
It is obvious that never before has pornography been so accessible, nor has sex been so casually at the forefront of our TV, music and advertising. 
Having written my dissertation on porn I'm well aware that going in search of grot no longer means sneaking something from the topshelf of your newsagents, the stuff you’ll find online is as hardcore as it gets. Watching the fetish porn clip which became an internet sensation, 2 Girls 1 Cup, is more a rites of passage than it is the shock jock clip it started out as. I’d be more surprised if I met someone my age that hadn’t seen it than someone who had.

Back to OG Niki..
Skepta – one of the handful grime MCs that have successfully crossed over into the mainstream- released a video of him rapping while a porn star gets doggied in the background. The initial shock was immediately replaced by piss-taking and despite ‘All Over The House’ being a painfully shit song, it trended on Twitter becoming a light-hearted talking point. 
In contrast, OG Niki, a 17 year old girl from Birmingham and relatively unknown MC, put out a freestyle arrogantly describing getting gang-banged by six men (Grim I know) and three days later her video has climbed to 150k views, she’s had a spot on infamously scummy US site WorldStarHipHop.com and been vilified as some kind of baby prostitute. 
So…grown man raps in front of a porn star being rigorously rumped and we laugh, 17 year old raps into camera with all the bravado of the former, wanting to create the same hype and we’re like, “WOAH, where could she possibly have picked up this shocking attitude from? I always thought this genre of music was about kittens and baked goods?!”

The pack mentality response to OG Niki has been obvious. There’s obviously the glaring hypocrisy in that most likely no-one would’ve bat an eyelid had it been a man, but the brunt of disgust has been about her age.
Internet trolls took time to comment, “OMG such a slag getting attention she doesnt diserve” or my favourite “WHAT IF DAT WAS UR DAUGHTER?!” after which the posters presumably went back to googling hi res tit shots and discussing how much they’d like to bone sex-muppet Rihanna. 

The juvenile and self-righteous indignation behind calling a young girl a whore is a little strong, when surely she’s just a by-product of a time where it’s normal for even ex-Disney pop princesses to be photographed topless or seen thrashing around a strippers pole. Of course it’s not right, but I’m also aware that like most people around my age I’m too much of a scumbag to be casting the first stone and questioning the virtues of others, when normally I’m lapping up the gore on show.
The content itself is depressing, yes, but it’s no more explicit than half the guff drummed out by mainstream rap music or innuendo laden chart videos. 

OG Niki is just a snapshot of the teens on the back of the bus in 2011, discussing blowjobs at an age where I would’ve found over-the-clothes fumbles scandalous. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmeUBTuqfNY

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