Can We Find a Better Name for this Rapper? Does it Matter?

Nowadays rappers can be something other than black and male, just ask Eminem and Kreayshawn. Aren't we past the whole Vanilla Ice and Snow days?

Dec 19, 2011 at 1:00pm | Leave a comment

I'm in this super cool, private, invitation-only online group for "women of color" (a phrase I've yet to totally be down with) wherein we just link to super cool stuff someone found online and comment on it. Basically it's a fun time suck for "creatives."

Case in point: Snow White Tha Product. [What follows is a rap video that has some naught language so if your at work or around minis you might wanna put on headphones. If you don't care, then don't.]

I think we can all agree (or maybe we can't) that Snow White's style is definitely "a fresh as Binaca." I am not a hip-hop head. I missed the whole thing because my mom moved us to a tiny island off the southern tip of California where Jesus saved and radio signals were sketch.

Still, I like this girl's swagger. Snow White reminds me of an oldschool B girl who showed up to the basement party in baggy clothes and elbowed her way into the cypher once all the lesser rappers got tired of hyping each other up. Then everyone would be like, "OOOOOO!!!" and boom. A star is born. 

I'm sorta feeling this chick and I'm a little reluctant to say it. Not because she's "white" (in quotes because an easy Google search points to her Mexican roots) but because her name is just not popping to me. Snow White? Ugh. 

For me, the name harkens back to a time in hip hop I'd hoped was long gone. Nowadays rappers can be something other than black and male, just ask Eminem and Kreayshawn. Aren't we past the whole Vanilla Ice and Snow days?

Snow White tha Product's real name is Claudia A. Feliciano. A Cali native now living in Houston, Texas, she chatted with a local paper about her origin story last summer:

It used to be Snow White. Yes, like the princess. Somewhere along, "the product" was added by a former manager, who insisted my job was to be the product she was going to sell to this music industry, so, all I had to have was music. She would worry about the rest.

Out of the blue, my name turned into Snow White Tha Product, which could also be seen as me being "dope." I guess it stuck, until trademarks came into play, and Disney was not too happy with me about the name. Since most people called me "Snow," we shortened it to Snow Tha Product.

Okay so now I get it. Sorta. But this girl's ryhmes are so tight, I want her name to be more...tight? I mean rappers change names alllll the time, there's Puff Daddy, Puff, P. Diddy and Diddy. There's Jay Hova, Jay-Z and Hov. Lil' Wayne, Weezy F. Baby. Need I go on? Actually I couldn't if you wanted me to cause like I said I'm not a hip-hop head, but I am a lover of good music and non-conformity. 

So if you had to rechristen Snow tha Product what name would you bestow upon her? Keep in mind, Kreayshawn is taken.