alsoniga[nigger n.1 (1); the sp. is now exclusive to the world of gangsta adj. rap where the SE sfx -er is transposed to -a, a foreshortening that is regularly found in black sl. as a means of intensifying a term (cf. player n. (2)/playa n.) and is thus used in a non-derog. way]
[1970s+] (US black) a black person; thus pl. niggaz.
2. (US campus) a close friend, only used among exclusively white or black groups.