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13 Rappers Say What’s Real – No Time For Fake Ones

“Right now, it’s a trend to be Blood in the industry… I see a lot of these dudes, and I’m thinking to myself, You just created a world of problems for yourself, if you weren’t really a Blood. Because now you’re gonna have Bloods, real Bloods, that gon’ be tryin’ to test you and see. ‘What makes you want to represent what we have put our lives on the line for? What gives you the right to do that?’ Then you have Crips, like, ‘Yo, this dude is a public figure. You can’t be a public Blood. Now you gotta do a show over here, and when [you] come over here to do your show, we gon’ try to flip you upside down.’ So I think that [the labels and the artists] use it as a marketing tool… But it ends up getting them in hot water.”

“A dude that’s out of [the street game], he knows about it, he done been through that struggle, and he know don’t nobody wanna live that struggle all they life. Don’t [nobody] wanna be struggling, and ducking bullets or dodging police all your life. So you tryin’ to get out of there. The muthafucka that’s faking the funk, he wanna act like this is what he doing every day, this is how it goes. A nigga gotta come out here with ya gun and you gotta shoot. The fake nigga is always advocating the wrong shit. He the one still pushing the line on the banging, and the killing and the Black-on-Black crime. If you talk to people that really been through shit and been through that struggle, they don’t wanna keep on living that same shit. They wanna get away from that shit, and they keep it real.”

“It’s a lot of rappers out here in Atlanta that got national fame, but they still can’t stand in a room with me. Because rap has become so global—it’s for Whites, it’s for Blacks, it’s shit in it for so many people, that you want to entertain them. Feel free, express yourself. It’s like acting. That’s how I look at it. But you know the difference when somebody is coming from their heart or when somebody is gimmicking you. Man, I don’t know when it changed, but I wish I knew they was going to play the game like that. It would have saved me a lot of damn scuffling and tussling over the years, trying to establish myself in these streets. I done did all this head bussing and ass kicking, and now y’all going to quit that whole side of the game. Goddamn!”

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