*Female rapper Kreayshawn – and her White Girl Mob crew (DJ L1l D3bb, V-Nasty) – is growing in popularity since YouTube debut of her song, “Gucci Gucci.” However, her music isn’t the only thing catching notice. There has been a stir among observers about her use of the “N-word.” oh yeah, you might have noticed that she’s Caucasian.

Despite the shower of criticism about the Oakland, California native’s lingo, she defended herself, blaming her slang on her upbringing.

“If I’m freestyling and I said it, that’s just for that point in time. Any songs I’m writing I don’t use it,” the rapper explained in an interview with OCWeekly.com

“In Oakland, Asian people will call Mexicans that. A Mexican will call a black dude that. A white person will call an Asian that. Everyone calls each other that,” Kreayshawn continued. “I feel like that word is used in the low-income community more than anything. I can see if I was some rich crazy trick and I was just saying this because it’s hip-hop. I was raised around this. Me and my sisters were all raised around this. People call me that. But personally I’m not flaunting it around.”

The topic first came to light when Kreayshawn tweeted the “N-word” like was no thang:

People are actin so funny omg lol… I got 200k views… not 200k dollars… WTF YOU WANT FROM A N*GGA?! *DMX VOICE*,” she wrote in late May, referring to the immediately popularity of her music video.

Although she has attempted to justify herself with weak, yet interesting reasons for her use of the “N-word,” many are not buying it.

MadameNoire.com  blogger, LaShaun Williams commented about the controversy, saying their use of the word should be absolutely forbidden… no matter what kinda pass they’ve gotten in East Oakland.

“I would be lying if I said these girls didn’t have the swag they claim, decent flows and infectious style. For artistry, they get the nod; for thinking they have been cleared to say ‘n****, well … There lies the problem,” Williams writes. “Whether or not Black people should use the term amongst themselves is questionable, so for anyone else it should not be considered an option. Yes, we are all humans but race separates our experiences. At the end of the day V-Nasty and girls like her are still White in America.”

In a related development, a video has surfaced online featuring White Girl Mob member, V-Nasty, doing a freestyle laced with “N-word” bombs. In the clip, she spits about carrying guns, and shooting her haters.

Check out Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” which has received close to 3 million hits on YouTube: