Rhymefest Talks Rush Limbaugh Controversy: “We Can’t Always Protect Hip-Hop”

Rhymefest believes that outspoken radio host Rush Limbaugh tried to use hip-hop as a scapegoat to wiggle out of his recent controversial remarks. However, the Chicago rapper also believes that hip-hop is guilty of giving Limbaugh the ammunition to blame the culture in the first place.

“On one hand, it’s like he’s using hip-hop as a scapegoat, but, we can’t always protect hip-hop like hip-hop is always innocent,” ” Rhymefest told XXLMag.com. “It’s like this: If you call your mama a bitch all the time in front of people in the neighborhood and then someone around the corner tells your mama, ‘Shut up, bitch!’ it’s kind of like you ordained that shit, right?

“In hip-hop, we do so much to hurt ourselves and then get mad when someone does something to disrespect us,” he added.

Rhymefest is one of several rappers who responded to Limbaugh after he recently blamed hip-hop for his comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, who he called a “slut” and “prostitute.” After issuing an on-air and written apology for the disrespectful name-calling, Limbaugh took to his radio show to use rap lyrics as an excuse for his comments.

“Talk about a double standard,” Limbaugh said. “Rappers can say anything they want about women. It’s called art. And they win awards.”

Rhymefest, who came up short in his run for alderman of Chi-town’s infamous 20th ward back in April of 2011, believes that if Limbaugh wants to reference hip-hop, maybe he should just rap.

“If he wants to do what rappers do, then by all means, Rush Limbaugh should become a rapper,” Rhymefest said. “If he wants to be a rapper, make a rap album. Rappers are speaking to a specific audience and as a political person, he’s speaking to a specific audience. But with his audience, it’s not appropriate to call someone a slut.

“He used rap as a scapegoat,” Rhymefest continued. “It was a White man criticizing a White woman (Fluke). How the hell does hip-hop get involved? Rush Limbaugh is blatantly wrong.”

Despite losing his bid for alderman, Rhymefest says he still has “political juice” in his hometown. He revealed that he’s assisting Kanye West with the Donda’s World project, an outreach program named after ’Ye’s late mother.

“It’s a community-outreach program and it’s going to be huge,” Rhymefest said. “It’s more about helping shorties. It’s probably what I’ve been doing as an alderman anyway.”

Rhymefest also shared that his Motorcycle Diaries album should arrive late summer.—Mark Lelinwalla

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  • Coolin

    So white people have nothing to do with rap/hip hop?

    Isn’t Eminem the highest selling rap artist of all time with close to 100 million albums sold? Is he white or is he black?

    Don’t white people buy rap albums more than black people?

    I am a white rap fan and find it pathetic how many of these rappers really don’t like us/white people. It is appearing that the only thing they like about us is our money.

    Lastly, did this broad not sound like a slut in her testimony? Expanding government more, get the fuck out of here.

    • land lord

      D#mn homie!!! Y U all emotional?? He was obviously generally speakin. For every white rapper there’s atleast 20 black. U takin it all wrong. He has a point but da bottom line is Rush is a d*ck.

    • http://xxlmag.com peterose22

      Reading comprehension dumb ass. He was talking about the specific situation with limbaugh and the white bitch not white rappers.

      • Coolin

        @land lord and peterose22: Rymefest (whoever the fuck he is) brought race/racism into this when he said, “white man and white women.”

        Rush never said black anything. Get off his… because he sure isn’t on yours.

        What’s up now, clown one and clown two? You two don’t sound smart to me at all. I’m guessing your both drop outs. Way to go smart fellas.

        • I. Paul

          Dude C’mon. Stop playing the victim on this thread. You know, the same way that Rhymefest and anyone who reads this article knows that Rush Limbaugh’s comments were not referring to the very small sliver of the Hip Hop conglomerate that is comprised of white rappers. Do you seriously believe that when he tried to justify his comments by scapegoating rappers he had Eminem, Yella Boy, and the Beastie Boys in his mind? Or was he thinking more along the lines of Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka, and Gucci Mane. Who do you seriously think his comments were directed towards. I understand the point you are trying to make, but its awfully convoluted to grandstand here.

          And to your point of who is Rhymefest, well he’s the guy who wrote Jesus Walks and currently ghost writes for a ton of your favorite rappers and pop stars. And that Eminem guy you were toting, yeah he ripped his ass in a head to head battle a few years back. You Tube it.

          • Coolin

            Victim, isn’t that the African American way and this isn’t a question.

            I’m just stating facts Einstein.

            You sound racist like Rymefest the bigot.

            I like Gucci and the others, they don’t ever go out and say negative shit directed at the white population.

    • lola

      rap music is not meant for and still isn’t meant for white people.It is about the black struggle that white people find fascinating (rich white kids buy rap). Rap is the ghettos cnn and even if your white in the ghetto it is still not meant for you. Not what fest was saying, but it is what I am saying.

  • http://twitter.com/limousine_lex Lex!

    Rush Limbaugh is a bitch, its obvious he pulled a “switcharoo”
    on y’all dumb asses. Listen…two wrongs don’t make a right
    whether he said or she said but only a coward and a hypocrite points fingers

  • aaron

    this iswhy we need to have more educated in hip hop people in this industry….we have to protect it and give the artist a more diverse lane to speak and present the ills of our communities…….if we dont protect it like the Bentlys or the gold around our neck then they will surely DESTROY IT!..wake up and defend our culture!!!!!

  • Chong

    @ Lola, ‘n who the fuck are you like?!