X-essence of the wigga
in Great Satan’s rage
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The paradox of the wigga, the white suburban teenager who mimics black speech and style, is that he or she cannot help drawing attention to an incongruous whiteness. The wigga's mimicry circulates G thang, the ambivalent nature of which is nicely encapsulated by the term 'nigga' itself. Expropriated from the term 'nigger', that signifier obscenely loaded with hatred and suffering, nigga is an ambivalent signifier of affirmative negativity. The nigga has no essence even though he resides as the x-essence of the white neoliberal supercapitalism. While the x-essence of gangsta is traceable in the marketing strategies of companies like Nike, the heterogeneity of the figure cannot be utilised or controlled in any unproblematic way. The 'sovereignty' that is attributed to African-American culture should not be understood in the sense of that term when it refers to the sovereignty of states as defined by the international law.

Great Satan’s rage

American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism


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