Five Ridiculous Rappers Who Are Here To Stay

I think most fans of music of any genre will agree that every once in a while, a singer or band comes along that you can’t help but ask yourself … are they for real? Like, Rebecca Black … that was a joke, right?

Recently, as a hip-hop fan, I’ve had to ask myself that more than once. We live in an age where auto tune has become more important than real talent and the message behind a song has become far less important, especially when the artist’s trying to break into the mainstream.

I’ve got my Tupac, Wu-Tang and Jay-Z to keep me sane, but some days I don’t care what I’m listening to, I just wanna kick it and absorb some lyrical nonsense! These rappers are ridiculous to the point where you can’t help but cringe, laugh or just shake your head when you watch their music videos, see them perform or listen to their music.

Gucci Mane

When he’s not throwing women out of his car (allegedly) or getting ice cream cones tattooed on his face, Gucci Mane is gracing our airways with his thought-provoking lyrics like, “Gotta bitch on the couch, bitch on the floor, party just popping up but now he rolling more.” Add in a few “Burrs!” and you’ve got a Gucci Mane song. Did I mention he has an ice cream cone tattooed on his face? What’s not to love about Gucci Mane? As long as people love hip-hop AND ice cream, Gucci Mane will be here to stay.


You’re probably wondering why Diddy is on this list. I’ll give him credit where credit is due. He’s an award winning producer, entrepreneur and business man extraordinare. The man knows how to make money. Oh Diddy, Daddy, Puffy. I like you, I really do. You were Biggie’s right hand man in the glorious days of 90’s hip-hop and the Bad Boy era was legendary. But after seeing you at the Toronto show of the Last Train to Paris tour, I found myself shaking my head while standing in the audience, as you constantly hyped up the crowd and awkwardly danced in between your two other Diddy-Dirty Money group members. There was more talking than actually singing … or rapping for that matter. It doesn’t even matter what I think though. Diddy will keep making his millions, do another music video in some dark tunnel, and pay homage to Biggie again, and I’ll just keep dancing … probably better than he ever will.

Lil B

Lil B, or the Based God as he is affectionately known as all over the internet. When he’s not rapping about dicks, bitches and hoes … he’s rapping about dicks, bitches and hoes. My personal favorite line from Lil B? “Hoes on my dick cuz I look like Jesus.” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!? Inappropriate? Yes. Do people care? No. There are thousands of Lil Based God’s and Goddesses all over the Twitterverse hanging off his every word. He’s got his bling on, his grills glistening off his teeth and he’s getting millions of views on Youtube. All hail the Based God.

Soulja Boy

Did I hop out of my bed? Did I turn my swag on? Did I look in the mirror and say ‘Whassup?’. Never did I have to question my morning routine, but thanks to Soulja Boy even the menial tasks of brushing my teeth in the morning has to be perfectly swagged out. Gotta give props to Soulja Boy though for creating one of the best dance crazes since the Macarena. Who needs lyrics that address social issues and problems plaguing the world when you can ‘‘superman dat hoe’’ at the clubs and “crank dat” with a bunch of your family members at your cousin’s wedding? I know I don’t!

Waka Flocka Flame

His name is Waka Flocka Flame. ‘Nuff said. TC mark

image – Diddy


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  • Dan Droper

    That Gucci Mane Lyric is actually a Plies Lyric

  • jamesss

    You sound like a 16 year old private school kid

    • Maruva Shamu

      No, she sounds like someone who doesn't get pacified by everything vomited by the media…

  • Carlos Ortiz

    I mostly listen to ridiculous and absurd rap, feel kinda good about listening to 4/5 of those rappers semi-regularly.

  • An Expert

    I don't think you should be listening to hip-hop.

  • Jade Mitchell

    I've never heard of “Lil B,” so I don't think he's here to stay.

    Lil Wayne is featured in about 75% of songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 in the past 4 years… you should include him.

    • Sddsds

      if you've never heard of Lil B, you need to spend more time on the internet

      • Jade Mitchell

        Is the “B” short for something? I just listen to whatever is on the radio. 

      • shazaam

        lil boss

  • T. AKA Ricky Raw

    Lil Wayne should be on this list. I really don't get his appeal at all.

    • Briana

      bitch i'ma pick the world up and drop it on your fucking head.

  • MarieSaSamba

    Am I the only one who felt a little sad and disheartened at the end of this post? Like this is really the state of hip hop today. That's incredibly depressing. 

    Also, I wish you'd gone more in depth with Waka's blurb- there's SO much to be said there!! To leave it at 'His name is Waka Flocka Flame. ‘Nuff said.' does not do Waka Texas Ranger any justice.

    • Ted

      I thought people who said this died in 1999 with Rawkus Records?

    • Paul Kreinbrink

      Pretty sure Baraka Flaka Flame should probably be on here if Waka Flaka is:

  • Aelya

    Soulja Boy only stayed around long enough for people to learn that ridiculous dance, which took about 5 minutes during lunch break in 10th grade. He needs to be on this list.

  • Balto

    witty player hatin' is still player hatin'.  Do you, but recognize what you're doing.

    • Megan


  • Ashley Church

    I cannot explain my contempt for Lil B's song “Woo Woo Swag.” The lyrics are “Bitch shake that ass on my dick/woo woo swag” for about 5 minutes straight. There are about 80,000 views of his song on Youtube and I'm pretty sure my neighbors are responsible for about 50,000 of them.

    • Ilovedogs

      my roommate's got the other 30,000

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  • JonQ288

    I hope your ridiculous opinion on contemporary hip hop is not here to stay. I'm glad all five of these rappers are here to stay and I'm also happy about the current state of “Hip Hop” autotune and all. You can keep going on thinking you know about hip hop because you listen to Tupac, jay-z, and Wu-tang and think that your opinion counts because these artist fulfill a popular limited meaning of what “Hip Hop” is and should be. But I hope you do more research and realize that contemporary “Hip Hop” is much more than these 5 artist and these 5 artist are much more than what you had to say about

    • rayray

      Umm, excuse me, but why should your opinion count and not hers?  Why are you right and she's wrong? You never fully explained that part.

      • JonQ288

        I never stated my opinion nor do I think my opinion on hip hop should count and I realized after posting that I took this article too seriously but I'm honestly to0 lazy to come back and change it. I think the hip hop the author listens to is great and I think Jay-Z is one of the greatest artist we have today. But it seems like the author turned these 5 artist into one dimensional entities and didn't provide a reason to why they might have such staying power. Such as Gucci's internal rhyme pattern and charismatic drawl, Puff daddy's talent a recognizing a hit and being the king of ad libs, lil b's way complex contradictions and overall happy attitude, waka's raw amped up energy and soulja boy's youthful energy. There are other things that make these artist interesting as well. I could be wrong though

    • Greg

      You're taking this post a little too seriously, but you sort of make a point. Hip-hop is awesome because it allows an awesome amount of creativity and range and that's sort of your point right? If we limit the definition of “real hip-hop” or “good hip-hop” to only the politically-conscious Mos Defs, Talibs, and immortal techniques, then we are doing the genre a huge disservice. I love talib kweli, RZA, Public Enemy, and most politically aware rappers, but you better believe that I get down with gucci, waka, lil wayne, and soulja…..

      • JonQ288

        Yeah, I got a little amped but what you said was my whole point not just sorta

  • Nathan Kahn

    its cute that not one of the authentic rapper she mentioned has released a good album since the early 2000s.

    im not gonna comment on Gucci/Wocka/Soulja/Diddy's musical value, although her grouping Lil B with this group does indicate a certain sort of mainstream orthodoxy that kind of undercuts her arguments.

    that established-who gives a fuck about whether shitty pop artists have staying power. they make enjoyable music for a certain sort of person, music to be enjoyed 'ironically' (see what i did there? i misused 'ironically' ironically) by others. this isnt fucking vijay ayer this isnt andrew bird, this is popular rap music.
    i bet you love lady gaga.

  • kazaam

    lil b raps about much more than bitches, hoes, and dicks. dig a little bit deeper – he has something to say

  • Greg


    • Nick

      Krayshawn is not here to stay.

      Gucci mane really is clever as fuck in all of his songs and yeah like previously mentioned it seems that the author is really just not listening.

  • Matt Schultz

    where the fuck is Boostalk???

  • uuj3
  • padface

    This brand of hip hop needs to die in a hole. Yes you have lots of money your foes are jealous and you have plenty of “ladies” at your feet. And?

    Seriously, rapping should be added to the list of things ex cons aren't allowed to do.

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    • John

      Some of you are taking this article a little too seriously. The author is just poking some fun at some popular rappers.

      • Hardinthepaint

        yeah but what's the fun part. oh waka has a dumb name? gucci tattooed ice cream on his face? soulja boy isn't as socially conscious as, uh, wu-tang, i guess? there's a difference between a joke and just pointing something out

        either way this would be funnier if the author actually understood the appeal of any of these rappers or knew what she was talking about

  • whu

    you forgot Bangs. he knows all girls want him to take them to da movies

  • Brr

    gucci and lil b are two of the best out right now, and waka's fun

    but of course hip hop begins and ends with 36 chambers and other east coast rappers who peaked 20 years ago you're right

    • Brr

      PS obviously it's fine to criticize shit but it's also clear that you don't really “get” what you're trying to criticize

      • Greg

        @25bdf3111f36210d2351fcf68e30c59d:disqus when the shit did she mention 36 chambers or any of what you just said?

      • Brr

        paragraph 3?

  • Chico

    What we need more of in the music world are kids who listen to three rappers and think black people need to address “social issues” for their music to be acceptable.

  • coffeeandinternets

    Say what you want about Lil B, I think he's a compelling artist…I mean, the dude is getting death threats for titling his next album “I'm Gay.”

    From a Huffington Post interview:

    “One-hundred years later, people gonna thank me, because people are going
    to be free. And that's the main thing. Even if it's 1 percent of the
    people that listen to me and are gonna be free, that's better than
    none,” he said. “That's better than not speaking up at all … and I
    spoke up and I did it.”

    So whatever, swag swag swag but he's pushing the envelope and I'm into it.

  • Guest666

    ugh…i mean i don't like tellin people they 'don't get hiphop', but yo…you really don't get hiphop my du. like, you way off base.

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