A man in a mask makes people feel scared, fascinated, intrigued. A black rapper in a black mask with a hat that says, “White People Crazy,” is bound to make people feel all of the above – plus – a little crazy. Such is the case with masked rapper Rawcus. No one knows who this man shrouded in secrecy is, but his hit song, “White People Crazy,” is now a viral sensation, sparking both adulation and controversy. The video cobbles together a series of “crazy” YouTube videos of white people pulling stunts-gone-wrong in a blunt, yet ridiculously amusing critique. Take a look.
“White People Crazy” – Rawcus
Pull up the popcorn folks, because Rawcus is watching these videos movie-theatre style – a black spectator shaking his head at white folks. (And while he’s watching them, we’re watching him, and because he’s masked – it feels like he’s watching us too. Video voyeurism at its greatest.) Over a simple trap beat, we see skateboarders bashing into walls, bikers riding into water, Santa Claus falling from a roof – all before Rawcus raps, “Miley Cyrus, she crazy, (she probably loved that!), Walter White, he crazy, Half-Obama, he crazy-” Wait… half Obama? Oh, this just got hilarious.
Among the cultural consternations Rawcus finds “crazy”: white people kissing dogs on the mouth, and the percentage of white people with a “trace of serial killers.” He raps, “Trailer parks, country music, golf carts, duck hunting, watching hockey, NASCAR, ask any white person they know… and they admit they know they crazy for sure.”
Now, predictably, these statements have ruffled a few feathers. Some people were deeply offended by the stereotyping. Rawcus even got death threats from the KKK.
“I got some hate mail!” he told HipHopDx. “I got some white people saying it was Nazism and then I got the KKK people. And then I had people who remade the song. I won’t say the name of the songs but people were making remakes in the opposite direction.”
Rawcus also got attention from some pretty high places, “When it hit the White House we was like, ‘Okay, we in now.’” The White House reportedly released a statement about the song regarding the half-Obama lyric. All Rawcus saw was, cha-ching!
“‘Yo, check the bank account. What’s it at right now because tomorrow we gonna be rich! We in now, we in!’”
In four days’ time, Rawcus got sooo popular (and so contentious) that iTunes allegedly took the song down, and YouTube flagged it for racial content. But despite the negative press, the secret rapper popped up on TMZ, Hot 97, and EBONY magazine, which heralded “White People Crazy” the “Record of The Year.”
Lyrically, the song hits a lot of raw buttons. Given the recent killings of black men by white police, and the long history of white men in white masks murdering blacks (KKK), the sentiment “white people crazy” is not unheard of in the black community. And even though this song pokes fun at the ridiculous, there is an undercurrent of honesty that coincides with the current racial climate in America today. When asked how black people responded to the song, he said, “They loved it.”
Rawcus insists that the song is not meant to be mean-spirited or hurt anyone. It’s coming from a light-hearted place. He even ends the video saying even though white people be crazy, “I dunno what we’d do without y’all though.” Then, of course, he asks for one dollar on iTunes: “Some of your white ass money.”
From an entertainment perspective, the mask is a stroke of genius. It gives the artist the anonymity needed to be brutally honest. “Public secrecy” can be liberating in that way.
Hey, Rawcus be crazy.