#41: Taking rap(s) too seriously

Studio gangstas exist because rap’s biggest problem since the rise of the thugs and “roughnecks” has been the idiot fans (and some rappers’ colleagues) who feel that keeping it real actually means that rappers must live exactly what they say in rhymes (that subject matter usually being some hardcore dirt or illegal way they got extreme stacks before they first hit the mic). To these people (usually ghetto), there’s no such thing as a persona or a character, no such thing as creative license.

Somehow this “keep it real” contingent never got the memo that a rap song isn’t an interview with a given rapper.

Some, to be sure, actually do rap about their real current lives or true experiences. Or even base fictional raps on something that really happened, ripped from national headlines or their personal ones.

But one should be able to paint whatever type of picture they like without some weirdo attaching these works to how the performer actually lives. Many rappers are their own worst enemy, as these lyrical Brunos never step out of character, and perpetuate the idea that this should be the normative of Hip-Hop. Even wrestlers change it up when they get out of the polyester daduntaduns.

Overemphasizing that other idea of “realness” is what has poisoned the rap climate for so long. It’s partly how Tupac and Biggie got killed, it’s partly why so much corny E-thuggery is posted to rap sites like allhiphop.com or DubCNN, it’s partly why so many MCs (like Max B and Shyne) go catch cases and end their own careers.

It’s really disrespectful to the beauty of what Hip-Hop has been and still could be. You don’t see this f*ckery go on in rock or jazz, not even with these all-too-closely-associated R&B artists.

And it’s paradoxically hilarious that these homophobic alpha males are analyzing every square inch of the life of another man as if they’re getting paid for it. Message to that man in question who rolls like this: If another dude was on your tip like that, living vicariously through you, you’d call him all kinds of queers, right? Of course you would, the world already knows how people like you are. You don’t think you look some kinda way all in a rapper’s personal business (or that of some sports figure, for that matter)? *cue the plea copping that it’s supposedly different*

And leave it to this idiocy that you got rappers not admitting to or proud to have perfectly legit jobs or degrees in the name of higher street cred. For the sake of feeling right listening to a record, one would rather that someone getting smoked or turned out on crack actually happened, and at that rapper’s hand! As if that makes the beat sound better in the speakers or some sh*t…

7 responses to “#41: Taking rap(s) too seriously

  1. I think this is startin to change, but for the wrong reasons. This new hipster rap is makin it happen without that trappin and stret cred, but then it ain’t like that original hip-hop managed to change all that much. Just that a new accepting kind just happened.

  2. “You lie!”……at this point in my hip-hop fandom, I hold rappers to their claims. Fuck that being a character shit. Where they do that at?

    • I could argue two things from your statement:
      -Since a lot of these guys swear so relentlessly you need to buy what they’re saying (e.g. they put in work in the streets, “I’m this super hood villain who happens to rap”) to the point they never take off that hat, how can fans like yourself (and the police) not wonder whether or not he’s bullsh*ttin’? I can understand your feelings…that’s also how these fools get in trouble.
      -On the other end, there are acts like Clipse who disclaim “no, I’m not getting down in illegal life like that,” because the ranks of rap literally resembling central booking is out of control…and there should be room in rap for telling stories and creative license. Where they do that at? All over Hip-Hop, bro. Hell, some dude you swear is a real thug is probably a Borat thug.

      And guys like Max B and C Murder prove that it’s time to kick the would-be and active criminal element and its influence out of Hip-Hop.

  3. has anyone seen the msbcn interview with 50 cent? it is hilarious, the boy is wearing a business suit and has a self help business book out.

    so why does he not shout about this to his fans? Because they want to see him as a mac daddy and it might just confuse them.

  4. This is a lot of stuff I listen to rap some of it makes me think of things that happened to me ,or the beat of the rap makes me want to dance or sing a emotional song for me is Can’t be Friends by Trey Songz ,I want to cry when I hear it ,that’s how I feel I feel like I could sing or tell someone that . So rap has feeling with real life ,It does ,Im sorry if you disagree and think lazy of Ghetto people and rappers haters actually give them something to talk about.

  5. sorry if I came off to mean in the ending I wasen’t tryin to


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