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.
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, 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.
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.