April 04, 2013

Sexy "Indians" in Snoop Dogg video

Chief Enlists Snoop Dogg and Pocahotties for 'Blowed' Music VideoFans of rapper Snoop Dogg, these days known as Snoop Lion, had reason to be excited today--the single "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks," featuring Miley Cyrus and produced by Major Lazer, was released online.

It's an interesting tune, but in Indian country a different track might become a topic of discussion and perhaps heated debate.

Snoop is the guest vocalist on "Blowed," a single by Native rapper Josh "Chief" Hill, off his EP Smoke Signals. Chief, who grew up on the Six Nations Reserve according to RealHipHopDaily, won a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2008 for his video "Big Boi Boppin." Here's the video for his new song:

Comment:  I gather the song is a play on the rapper's nickname "Chief" and the slang term "to chief," which means to get high smoking marijuana.

The video features several faux "Indian maidens" in feathers and leather bikinis. One is wearing a chief's headdress.

Needless to say, all this is stereotypical and arguably racist. It promotes a false image of Indians that many believe is true.

For more on Snoop Dogg's racism against Indians, see Snoop Dogg in a Headdress.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's stupid. I think "chief it" comes from the myth that Indians did weed. (Cannabis is originally from eastern Eurasia. It's even traditionally been used by Sikhs. And of course, ritual use of C. indica in some Islamic sects is where we get the word "assassin" from.)