Arab vs Nigga vs ???

Six years ago, while living next to the rainforests of Guatemala’s altiplano, I discovered a reggaetonero who calls himself Nigga and who makes what I can only describe as Latin club music’s answer to Natalie Imbruglia (minus the brooding introspection). Observe:

Nigga – Te Quiero

Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

For some unfathomable reason, this sort of borrowing of racial identity is nowhere near as uncommon in the sordid world of untalented singing and rapping as it is in other spheres. An amusing example of some of North America’s more misguided attempts at this kind of appropriation can be found in Busta Rhymes’ “Arab Money”:

Busta Rhymes – Arab Money

It is in this puzzling undercurrent within United States hip hop that we find Nigga’s closest potential analog in choice of name. I’m referring, of course, to the inimitable Arab, henchman to the rapper who brought you such unforgettable favorites as “Crank That” and “Kiss Me Thru The Phone“.

Arab – 31st Floor

To make the trifecta complete, we need a Chaabi artist to adopt a name that pays tribute to some ethnic group from Latin America.

Here’s the video to Te Quiero:

And and for your enjoyment, Arab’s latest release:

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