Term used amongst African Americans to denote companionship, sort of like mate is used by Brits or cunt by Australians.

The spelling/pronunciation of nigga is intended to be different from the word nigger, which is generally considered to be supremely racist. Presumably the difference arises as a result of the non-rhoticity of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). This is somewhat ironic when one considers that the (white) southern dialect was nearly universally non-rhotic in the time when slavery was still legal, and that non-rhoticity is still present in the speech of many upper class, "old money" southerners, especially amongst the older generations (i.e. descendants of plantation owners).
African Americans like to say nigga because it's different from nigger (which is racist). People whose grandparents owned 100 slaves also might use nigga, but they intend it to be racist. The irony is just too much if you ask me.
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Something I would get my ass kicked for saying.
Me to Black person: What up my nigga!
Black person: You better run whiteboy!
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Usually wrongly mistaken by a LOT of a people, the term "nigga" does not refer to black people.

The term is often used in the African-American community to refer to their close friends, inanimate objects, or anything really (except elder family members, out of respect). The term was originally coined to take away the negative connotation behind the word "nigger", which was constantly used to dehumanize African-Americans during times of slavery and strong prejudice.

Unfortunately, people of other races immediately think of "black people" and the negative stereotypes associated with them when they hear the term "nigga" which causes much dismay among the African-American community.
1. "Man, these niggas be talking shit about us again"

"Yeah, white people just don't get it sometimes"

2. "Dis my nigga Joseph" (This is my friend Joseph)
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A derogatory word used by black people to retain (and exploit) their ancestors past as slaves. Many blacks claim it's a term of endearment (akin to brother, homie, etc), but in no way can it be as its root meaning is ignorance. It's another double standard of racism in our current time.
White guy "what up nigga"
Black guy "nigga?"
White guy "you know what I mean bro"
Black guy "you mean I'm a nigger"
White guy "Nah man, it ain't like that"
Black guy punches the white guy.
Black guy gets arrested for assault and released without charges because the white guy is accused of using racial slurs (that the Black guy uses everyday in his vocabulary with his "brothers" that he has no idea if he's actually related to).
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Slang term for homie, friend, buddy, etc., used primarily by African-Americans but has spread to other races as well;
"'Sup my nigga?" "How's it hanging my nigga?" "Yo, nigga wassup?"
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from one black man to anothor meaning to say; homie, brotha..etc.
"wudup nigga"
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1. Another double standard is society.
Black-Black is okay as long as they are friends because then it can substitute for homie, dawg, bro etc. If mad, then it once again becomes unacceptable. However, no other race, ESPECIALLY caucasians, can use it without fear of it being taken offensively. Occasionally though, if the black likes another non-black person enough, then it can become acceptable. (Although they could both get in trouble if other blacks hear it)

2. Derived from the derogative term "nigger", usually connected as a condescending name from a white to a black person.

3. Also considered different from it's root word "nigger". This has been best defined from rap celebrity/legend Tupak Amaru Shakur who stated "Nigger - a black man with a slavery chain around his neck; Nigga - a black man with a gold chain on his neck."
Black-Black
Black friend#1 "What up nigga?"
Black friend#2 "Hey homie, what's crackin"

Black enemy#1 "Hey Nigga"
Black enemy#2 "I ain't yo nigga bitch"
(Most likely, fight ensues)

Black-Other race
White friend#1 "What up nigga"
Black friend#2 "Hey bro"
(probable scenario if other blacks around)
To White guy "Who the fuck you think you callin a nigga?"
To Black guy "How the hell you gonna let a WHITE GUY call you a nigga like you his slave or somethin?"
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