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Changing the N-Word in Rap Lyrics: “Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” by Geto Boys

December 13, 2020

When you like a song, you want to sing it, no matter what genre it is. This has caused a problem with rap because a lot of rap artists put the N-word that almost rhymes with trigger in their lyrics.

These artists say that the N-word that almost rhymes with trigger puts authenticity into their lyrics. Unfortunately, that means certain people can’t sing/rap the lyrics.

After all, other certain people don’t like certain people saying the N-word that almost rhymes with trigger. Certain people who care what other certain people think will edit themselves while singing rap lyrics or not sing them at all (unless there are no other certain people around).

If the N-word that almost rhymes with trigger stops certain people from singing rap, I’m all for it. Most certain people sound stupid rapping. But I’m a problem solver, not a complainer. If my young adult daughter likes rap, and it seems to be marketed to every sub-demographic within her age group, then she should be able to say the lyrics without getting lectured/fired/cancelled.

A few weeks ago, I took a couple paragraphs from Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and replaced the N-words that actually rhyme with trigger with the term Nice Guys (read more at Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: Replacing the N-Words with Another N-Word).

Nice Guys has a positive connotation. It starts with the letter N. It has two syllables. The second syllable begins with the G sound. It seemed like Nice Guys would be a great replacement for the N-word that actually rhymes with trigger.

When I thought about trying this experiment with a song, the first example I thought of was “Nice Guys in Paris” by JayZ and Kanye West. This seemed like a great choice because almost everybody knows who JayZ and Kanye West are. Plus, the song has Nice Guys in the title. A song that has Nice Guys in the title would surely have a ton of Nice Guy usages in the lyrics, right?

No. “Nice Guys in Paris” rarely uses the term Nice Guys. At least, it doesn’t use Nice Guys enough to conduct the experiment.

So I delved into the past and thought of “Damn, It Feels Good to be a Gangsta” by the Geto Boys. Every guy in a certain group of people likes “Damn, It Feels Good To be a Gangsta” because of the movie Office Space. Yeah, there’s a lot of profanity in the song, but it still evokes strong positive vibes in guys of a certain group of people.

So here’s how “Damn, It Feels Good To be a Gangsta” looks/sounds with Nice Guys instead of the N-word that almost rhymes with trigger.

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Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
A real gangsta-ass Nice Guy plays his cards right
A real gangsta-ass Nice Guy never runs his f***ing mouth
‘Cause real gangsta-ass Nice Guys don’t start fights
And Nice Guys always gotta high cap
Showing all his boys how he shot ’em
But real gangsta-ass Nice Guys don’t flex nuts
‘Cause real gangsta-ass Nice Guys know they got ’em
And everything’s cool in the mind of a gangsta
‘Cause gangsta-ass Nice Guys think deep
Up three-sixty-five ayo 24/7
‘Cause real gangsta-ass Nice Guys don’t sleep

If you don’t know the song, here’s an edited version from Office Space.

And if you prefer the original version…

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What do you think? Is the term Nice Guys a good replacement for the N-Word that almost rhymes with trigger. Should certain people feel comfortable singing “Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta” using the term Nice Guys?

2 Comments
  1. This was admittedly a very confusing post to keep up with, but you make some interesting points. I don’t think nice guys is a good replacement at all hahaha, but it is quite funny. It’s just the nature of this world and how it came to be through history that some certain people cannot say the word that rhymes with trigger and some can. It is what is is!

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