Things Rappers Say

Within any sort of lifestyle, there are myths and facts, generalities and slang terms to define and discuss the nuances within it. Rap is no exception. Like I’ve stated in other blogs for this mag, you can usually find similarities between them and topics discussed on my twitter page, and this time is no exception.

I have a game I like to play, called “Rapper Cliches”. The only rule is to state an oft-abused term or act of most rappers. Yes, this is a game of stereotypes. Like the chicken eating, jiving black person, I am an expert on rap stereotypes. I am not a fan of them, but I do like to bring them to light. A lot. Call it comic relief. Let’s begin with one of my favorites…

“This year is my year”

Every December, for as long as I can remember, rappers proclaim the upcoming year as “theirs”. As in possessing the next year will bring them success unheard of by them….or anyone! It usually doesn’t even matter what the disposition of the rapper is, or if there is any indication of future gain by her or him. Every year is “my year”. I hope to hear from you all in August.

“Check out my/my friend’s free mixtape”

If you try to fish through all the new music that is released everyday you would become so overwhelmed you might lock yourself in a chamber with one of your favorite albums and call it a life. Maybe not. But since music, essentially, is free, and there is so much of it, most artists, especially rappers, find the need to bombard us all with tons of music for our listening….pleasure. How many times a week are you informed of a new project to download? Frightening, isn’t it?

“Shoutout to all my haters”

It seems as though the opinions of people have been boiled down so much that any criticism lends you to being a “hater”. Also, people use having haters as an excuse to act as ridiculous as they like. Rappers feel as though they need haters to survive. Unfortunately, many rappers, at least unhappy ones, are haters themselves. The disconnect, though, is the notion that everyone is always hating on you for whatever reason. True hate takes time to brew and manifest itself….usually in litigation or at the police station. For most, the hate is all in their mind. People have to care to hate.

“I keep it 100″

This is just another way of saying you keep it “real”. However, keeping it 100 requires you never to lie, budge or sugar coat anything you say. The fluff of a lot of rap music would prevent 100 from being kept at all times. Maybe more like a 72. Also, keeping it 100 is something you shouldn’t have to proclaim, if you’re proclaiming what you’re proclaiming with conviction. Nahmean?

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