A foolish young man
From a middle class fam'ly
Started singin' the blues
'Cause he thought it was manly
Now he talks like the Kingfish
From Amos 'n Andy
He tells you that chitlins
Well, they taste just like candy
He thinks that he's got
De whole thang down
From the Nivea Lotion
To de Royal Crown
—Frank Zappa, "You Are What You Is"
He needs some cool tunes / Not just any will suffice
But they didn't have Ice Cube / So he bought Vanilla Ice.
Now cruising in his Pinto / He sees homies as he pass
But if he looks twice / They're gonna kick his lily ass!
Though I'm not the first king of controversy
I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley
to do Black music so selfishly
and use it to get myself wealthy!
Hey! There's a concept that works
20 million other white rappers emerge
but no matter how many fish in the sea
it'd be so empty without me.
—Eminem, "Without Me"
"It’s clear from these movies that white people act ridiculous. Strangely enough, this film shows that white people even act ridiculous when they’re not acting like white people."
"... Is it because I is black?"
—Ali G. Who isn't.