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MMXLII Recommends: “My First White Girl” – MMXLII

MMXLII Recommends: “My First White Girl”

A few weeks ago we spotlighted Shawn Chrystopher’s “Black/White” for its thought-provoking depiction of an interracial relationship. Although the White Mandingo’s new video “My First White Girl,” tells a similar story and tackles similar themes, it’s a very different song. Check this out to see what we mean:
 

 
With scenes of bingo playing, references to “Diff’rent Strokes,” and lines about the “gay best friend” and “vegan food,” this has a decidedly different tone from Shawn Chrystopher’s somber love story. Don’t let the comedy fool you though, we think that in spite or even because of the comedy this take on the challenges of an interracial relationship is every bit as insightful and sophisticated as Shawn Chrystopher’s.
 
That insight’s no surprise, coming as it does from the White Mandingos, a group headed by Los Angeles-rapper Murs. Murs has never been afraid to engage with difficult subjects, as in this video from his 2011 album “Love and Rockets, Vol. 1,” or this interview he did with MMXLII last Fall, in which he discusses homophobia in hip-hop.
 
In fact, we’re recommending the entirety of “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me,” the first album from the White Mandingos, Murs’s new project with Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer and hip-hop-journalist-turned-guitarist Sacha Jenkins. The album tells the life story of fictional Tyrone White in a sound best described as a meeting of rap with punk rock. The blending of genre mirrors the mixing of various cultures, a theme that can be found throughout the album. Tyrone (much like Murs himself) comes from the inner city and loves punk rock and skater culture, while also appreciating hip-hop. In short, he doesn’t quite fit into any category, or simultaneously falls into several, depending on your perspective. The same could be said of the album as a whole. Check it out and let us know if you like the sound, what you think of the message, and whether you’ll be checking out the rest of “The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me.”
 
Photo from YouTube.

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