One of the most amazing things about the internet is the democratization of music. Social media outlets like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook allow burgeoning artists to build fan-bases that would take years to build before the advent of the ‘net. Artists such as Odd Future, RiFF RaFF, Macklemore, Mac Miller and Lil B have been able to build fan-bases by connecting with fans directly through the internet without the help or connection of major labels. The Internet has brought a revolution to the music industry by allowing anybody to share their music with a potential mass audience.
However, when we say anybody can share their music online, we mean ANYBODY can share their music online? Websites such as YouTube and Vimeo have allowed homemade hip-hop videos featuring amateur rappers to spread virally with the greatest of ease. Who could forget Eli Porter’s epic rap battle with Envy or Reh Dogg crying in the shower to the strains of “Why Must I Cry? Millions have watched shared, watched and enjoyed amateur rap videos over the last few years.
XXL wants to know who the funniest internet rapper of all-time? We have a compiled a list of seven nominees that we think qualify with some of the funniest, intentionally or otherwise, videos of all-time. You can vote for your favorite below and share who you think we missed in the comments.
Very few rappers are bold enough to take it where the incomparable Reh Dogg has taken rap it: the shower. Reh Dogg’s “Why Must I Cry?” features the bold rapper pouring his soul out to the public.
Turquoise Jeep Records
Yung Humma, Flynt Flossy, Slick Mahony, and Whatchyamcallit of Turquoise Jeep have created numerous hilariously low-budget videos over the last few years and have steadily built a fanbase for themselves. They are best known for their song, “Lemme Smang It,” that created a new sex-relatedportmanteau “smang” that stands to “smash it and bang it.”
Froggy Fresh a.k.a. Krispy Kreme a.k.a. Tyler Cassidy has videos that have been seen over 21 million times since the release of “The Baddest,” his viral smash in April 20, 2012. Froggy has even generated his own Wikipedia page off the notoriety of his work.
Y.N. Rich Kidz
Although, their music qualifies as more heart-warming than traditionally “funny,” Y.N. Rich Kidz make the cut because these pint-sized rappers are generally more talented than 99.9% of popular rappers today. No lie.
In 2003, Eli appeared on the Chamblee High School freestyle rap program “Iron Mic” to engage in a rap battle against fellow amateur rapper “Envy.” One of the earliest rap videos to go viral on the internet, Eli’s awkward pauses, weird expressions and unorthodox rhymes made him an internet sensation that landed him a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and even an independent documentary was created about the battle.
T-Baby’s “It’s So Cold In The D” is an unintentional comedy masterpiece. Shot in and around Detroit, T-Baby’s off-key singing and off-key rhymes caused the video to go viral when it was released in 2008.