Rap Pinocchios: Is The Era Of Keeping It Real Finally Over?

“If you say real talk I probably won’t trust ya.” - Andre 3000

For a musical genre completely obsessed with keeping it real does any one else find the state of hip-hop completely twisted nowadays?

Yeah we always knew our favorite rappers were lying but now they’re actually admitting it, and they’re getting a pass. I mean Mr. Trilla (that’s true and real for you newcomers) himself finally went on the record in last month’s XXL, copping out (pun intended) to his former role as a C.O. and he was still able to secure himself a number one slot on the charts. 50 Cent – another professed liar who reneged on his deal to retire if Kanye West outsold him in their ‘07’s SoundScan showdown – wasn’t even able to use the bold face lie to successfully “fuck up” his life, as promised.

Jim Jones is another example. Dude flat out lied on the radio when he denied speaking to his former best friend Cam’ron on the phone. While this blew up in his face – Cam says the lie was the proverbial “last straw” that ruined the chances of a full-fledged Dipset reunion – the public didn’t go up in arms. The Capo may be far from selling as many copies of his album as Ross, but they’re still playing “Dancing on Me” on Hot 97 every 10 minutes.

And what’s most interesting – and actually what inspired me to post this blog – is the situation with Clipse. After it was reported that an associate of theirs was indicted on charges of running a $10 million drug ring, Clipse rapper Malice – who built a career on rapping about coke – put a video on the net trying to put distance between his life on wax and his real persona. It was obviously an act of damage control, a ploy to keep his name out of the case, but that didn’t stop him from telling fans he wasn’t being truthful in his songs.

“I guess basically what I’m saying is when I get in that booth and I start recording I can drive as many Bentleys as I want,” he said. “I can hop on as many G5’s or drop as many tops as I want.”

In regards to his career in Hollywood, David Banner recently spoke to XXLMag.com about rap’s limitations. “One negative thing about being a rapper is that we have allowed our music to be turned into something that people take literally,” he said. “Music is supposed to have the ability to take you somewhere else, not keep you in the reality that you’re already in, because we already live the stuff that we talk about in most of our music. I don’t wanna hear that shit, too—not all the time.”

So that leads us to the question, is the age of “keeping it real,” “keeping it 100,” “keeping it trill,” or whatever the hell you call it, in hip-hop finally caput? Be honest… – Jesse Gissen

Update: Looky here…Alfamega exposed as former DEA informant

  • Tc

    This article is stupid.Just enjoy the music and art of hip hop and stop trying to make more than what it is.

    • Pierzy

      Word. It’s been a long, long time since it’s been all real. Even some artists that we respect for their honesty (Eminem) engage in fantasy behind the mic.

      Like I said before, Dre’s quote from The Show is classic: “You can talk about shooting someone on record but you won’t do it unless you’re just stupid…”

      • http://colby-sempek.com Ghost

        Word and word again…

        As the great Picasso once said…

        “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth”

        Now that’s muthafuckin trilla.

    • V4Vendetta

      Agreed. What people fails to realize is that rappers are nothing more than poets. Maya Angelou on a beat. Why would you think everything they say is true and if it’s not, who cares. When did good music have to be background checked and verified. Dummies.

    • Justice4All

      I disagree, if you are telling your fan base that you do a certain thing, then you should be as an “Artist” as authentic as possible. It goes to show you where we place our values as a people. We are more apt to listen to a rapper telling our children to sell dope and shoot folks at random (which by the way in 2009 is stale by far), then to tell them to get an education to better themselves to get out of the situation they may be in. Children AND young adults are very impressionable, and lying to them doesn’t help our cause. These rappers who lie and say they kill folk on the regulak, sell weight, drive Maybachs, fly in G5′s, vacation in Turks & Caicos is flat out lying. Why would I want to buy a c.d. from you, when I know you’re not 100? I would feel stupid contributing to your lie, when I know you are fake. Let’s be about the realness of life, and not this recycled fake garbage. That’s why sales are a brisk 65,000 (on average-if that) copies first week now, cause “We don’t believe you, you need more people”.

      • Pierzy

        Then isn’t that the fault of the consumer? How can anyone REALLY believe what a rapper spits if you know it’s not true?

      • V4Vendetta

        Listen. I don’t know how being an “artist” of any kind means that your artwork has to be “real”. That’s just plain stupid. By your definition hip-hop is the only artform EVER created that is regulated to “keeping it real”. Paiters don’t have to “keep it trilla”. Actors don’t have to “keep it 100″. At the end of the day, no matter how much importance you want to attached to it, IT’S ALL JUST ENTERTAINMENT. You can’t name 1 rapper that NEVER lied or over-exaggerated in a rhyme. You can’t do it because he (or she) doesn’t exist. Period. So where are U getting your “real” rap from? I’d love to know. And if your looking towards hip-hop to “help our cause” then U lost already. Stop making it out to be more than it is. It’s art. It’s entertainment. It’s the museum and the movies. No different. Wake up.

        PS – Count how many people you know who have lied or over-exaggerated something. Now multiply it by 5 for the people that U just haven’t caught frontin’ (yet). Why do U think rap would be any different?

    • MO

      No its not over rappers today are pussies. You drop a bunch of albums talking about gangsta shit then you turn out to be a snitch/informant or a c.o….exaggerating shit is different than completely lying about everything. CB4 ASS NIGGAS! Most of these “hard gangsta thug” nigga’s backgrounds are as clean as Asher Roth’s

    • http://www.datpiff.com/Dont_Panic_Entertainment_Max_Profit_The_Drugs_Ar.m44293.html Max Profit

      Rappers never ever ever kept it real and we all know this! It’s Just entertainment!

      Don’t get me wrong, a snitch is a snitch and niggas like 50, Jones, Ross, are there to remind us every once and a while not to take this shit too serious.

      As far as Malice goes – What is he supposed to say? That nigga is definitely under investagation – weather he really moves weight or not.

  • AZ40

    Niggas been lying forever nowadays its just so easily accessible to background check…You’d have to be a complete idiot to believe everything an entertainer says. Dumb niggas just need something to believe in I have to agree w/ david banner

  • Worley

    Some tell the truth, some exaggerate and most lie. It’s exactly like real life.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    I’ve never taken rap literally. If you have actually done any of what you claim, more power to you. I’m glad you did it, because I’m not going to. So, tell me about it.

    If rap was some type of study on theology or social behavior, then I’d give it more credit as being a sufficient example of actuality. Life & art imitate each other, but are two different entities.

    I couldn’t care less about a dude’s personal life; I’m just trying to maintain mine. Hip hop is the only art form that gets such scrutiny. It’s unnecessary.

    • Pierzy

      What up Grand$…

      I think Jeru hit the nail on the head completely in “Ya Playin Yaself”

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        P!

        Good example.

        By the standard of “keepin’ it real”, then where would a DOOM fit in to the hip hop spectrum. Like Banner said, I come to this for the escapism.

        Maybe under the parental advisory stickers, they should start putting a disclaimer that says “For Entertainment Purposes Only”.

        • BIGNAT

          Doom fits in with off the wall good music i think o.d.b would also fit in that category. both rap funny things but it’s real at the same time. they also both have some deep songs. i wish doom and o.d.b had the chance to do a song together i bet that joint would have been sick

  • geico lizard

    That nigga Malice released two videos entitled “please dont fucking arrest me mister policeman, sir”

    Malice looked mad uncomfortable on that golf course. He cuts the grass and rakes the traps on the weekend.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    CO-SIGN TC & AZ40

    I DONT GIVE A FUCK IF THESE RAP NIGGAS REALLY “SOLD KILOS OF COKE” (SEE DIAMONDS REMIX) THAT SHIT DONT FASCINATE ME…. I SEE COKE SELLING ASS NIGGAS ALL THE TIME DAMN NEAR EVERY DAMN DAY SO IT DONT MAKE IT BETTER IF I HEAR SOMEBODY PUT THE ACTIVITIES ON CD.. I JUST LIKE TO HEAR AWESOME ASS LYRICISM..NICE BEATS…. BUT MOSTLY WHAT IS SAID…. I’M SURE NIGGAS HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THEY RAP ABOUT ** TO A CERTAIN EXTENT**…

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “WE MAJOR” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- LATE REGISTRATION)
    (AT LEAST TOP TEN IN HOOKS)

  • Silly Willy

    Don’t fear no rappers
    They’re all weirdos DeNiro’s in practice
    So don’t believe everything your earlobe captures, it’s mostly backwards
    Unless it happens to be as accurate as,
    And everything said in song you happen to see, then
    Actually, believe half of what you see, none of what you hear even if it’s spat by me
    And with that said, I will kill niggaz dead
    Ignorant Shit – Jay-Z
    ………….
    Everything is in there

    • V

      doesn’t get truer than that! Good choice.

  • KEITH

    IT’ LIKE WHAT T.I. SAID IN CROWN GRAND ROYAL; GIVE THEM PLATUIM PLAGUES TO THE REAL KILLERS AND DRIG DEALERS! NIGGAS IN JAIL SHOULD BE GETTIN PAY OFF THESE FAKE ASS RAPPERS! THEY’RE RAPPIN THEY’RE LIVES, NOT THEIR OWN! SO C.O. RICKY ROSS OWNS THE REAL RICKY ROSS ALOTS OF MONEY!! LIKE 95% OF WHAT HE MADE USING HIS NAME! FAKE ASS FUCK!

  • Jamal7Mile

    Lyricism is an artform that is to be appreciated. It’s hard to describe/define rap music, but it is what it is. It doesn’t have to be the truth. Redman doesn’t have an S on his chest and he doesn’t fly through the air saving cats that get stuck in a tree (if you believe he does… DAMN!!).

    Rap music >>> WWF wrestling
    Rap music >>> Santa Clause
    Rap music <<>> The latest Walter Mosely novel

    It is what it is. Let it be!!

    • therealwayno

      But Redman doesn’t go around trying to convince people he actually flies through the air. Like say a Rick Ross. If you spitting fantasy shit for fun and entertainment, cool. But lying is a whole other thing, especially when you start believing your own bullshit.

      • latino heat

        couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Jamal7Mile

        Good point! Ross is just plain ol’ weird to me. I can’t explain that dude!

        I knew he was fake from the jump, but I just didn’t care.

        1) REAL weight movers in the city of Miami ALL speak Spanish, or else those Colombians ain’t fuckin’ with ya!

        2) Since when did Colombians start fuckin’ with Black people in the first place??? That game ain’t no Miami Vice episode! Tubbs ain’t gettin’ in… unless the Miami game REALLY changed!

        3) You either rap or sell dope. If you do both (Blu Davince) you go straight to jail for snitching on yourself and you are one of the dumbest hustlers walking planet Earth. Don’t pass GO.

      • Detroit P

        I look at Rick Ross as Performace art…he raps about a scarface-like lifestyle that you know isn’t true..but he does it with such depth and imagination that it’s entertaining…then to add to that he continue’s the character outside of the music, to pull you into the character even more…so he’s Rick Ross on wax and off wax…in interviews, his whole demeanor is a caricature of a Crime boss, saying things like “the truth is much more sinister than the obvious”…its so over the top that it’s highly entertaining and intriguing if you’re looking at it subjectively and not taking it literally…which I never am

        • Big Push

          It’s true what you said man. Real talk. What I don’t understand is when did we as a hip hop community get this idea that you have to live what you talk about on a record? How many people believe that 50 Cent really popped a bunch of people? Or the Clipse moved tons of blow? Or Rick Ross really was the Boss of the MIA?

          Let’s face the honesty. None of these people have done half the shit they rap about. But how many of them have allowed us (the fans) to escape in their lyrics? How many of us have dreamed of riding in a maybach through the project, hoods, or where ever we lived? How many of us want to be rich?

          To me thats what hip hop is about. It’s an escape from the harsh reality. 50 Cent has allowed me to do that (only on his first album, Many Men was tight). That’s what hip hop is about.

          Now if we wanna talk about the realest rappers I got two names for you: Tech Nine, Maino. Nuff said.

        • Kevin

          @Detroit P: I can definitely understand that point of view, but the problem with Ross is that he’s never stopped and said once what he was doing was performance art or creating a character or persona. He’s pushing both his music and image as being authentic and true to his actual life. That to me is the difference between him and someone like Marilyn Manson, who is upfront about the fact that he creates characters and personas through his music, and maintains his persona both on and off stage.

          Obviously all artists exaggerate circumstances or sing/rap about things they haven’t experienced first hand, but pushing your music/image as your real life when it’s really not is some bs.

        • Detroit P

          @Kevin

          But thats the point…If he stopped and said that he was doing performance art…then he would be stepping outside of his character and then he wouldn’t be doing performance art at all….since when does a person have to stop and tell you that what they’re doing is art…art is art whether someone tells you it is or not…so for his whole career to be a performance art(so to speak) of the crime lord boss..he would have to constantly be in that persona…and he would have to wait until his career is over to step outside of the character and explain itself…So the performance art thing relies on Rick Ross NOT explaining what he’s doing, cus if he did that it would lose its appeal very quickly

    • XhosaNostra

      RE:Jamal7Mil
      Rap nowadays is a complete joke of a genre (look at the sales – COUNTRY MUSIC WON). there is creative licence in the art world (which includes rap music) but if you gonna post youtube vids to the effect that you are thugged out (phony Rick ross’s glass jaw Gunplay supergoon wannabe retarded munkey) just like YOU CLAIM in your music, meanwhile you soft [II], then you effin up the creative aspect of the artform. Of cause Redman doesn’t have a S on his chest (you a dummy for even bringing that up Jamal7Mil) but you know he is being creative with the lyrics and that is him in real life ( that weedhead goofy guy with the sick lyrics). DOOM dissing Batman is 100 times more creative and more 100 than lip gloss wearing thugs [II] any day cos he putting his personality in his artform the same as Picasso and the dudes

      Just Ice (the original superthug goon on the mic) >>> plies and any thug wannabe out there.
      Drake, C Hamilton (emo rapper keeping it 100) >>> plies and any thug wannabe out there.
      Nirvana/Rock groups (drugs sex and rock and roll and they live and die on shit) >>> plies and any thug wannabe out there.
      Nas being Escobar (he didn’t claim to being on a first name basis with South american kingpins on youtube and shit)>>> fake ass rick ross

      • $ykotic

        LOL Just Ice? Peace Justice! I know the god from Williamsburg PJ’s! Shouts 2 Grandmaster D(Whodini) and The Odoms! Bk all day!

        These yungins don’t know that KING JUST was the original rap Deebo!

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    YA’LL NIGGAS ACT LIKE MUFUCKAS HAVE TO KILL KILL KILL OR THEY HAVE TO KEEP A REGULAR DAY JOB……

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “DOPE BOY” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- GORILLA ZOE))

  • Domjel

    This is a repercussion of the bling era, as substance and personal experience became less important than cash & hoes. I understand embellishing a little but just outright fabricating (Ricky) should be unacceptable to all of us hip-hoppers. And I wouldn’t consider 50 a liar for the Kanye fiasco, that was old school I’m better than you B-boy talk.

  • http://xxl gside

    The evaluation of hiphop that the question ,and if it why hasn’t the music got better. It’s the dope game mentality brought to the rap game make for a hybrid of shittie music . To understand what I’m talking about you have to be in the streets let you lame in on some game. I’ve been around some paid nigga’s and it never matter how much they had they always lied and said they had more I knwew working nigga who said they sold dope and work at restaurant that was back in late 80′s early 90″s so you got kids see that shit and we take shit for grated but they not as dumb as we think they pick up on game there you have it fake as rapper popin up like weeds then you got a generation that right is left and left is right so they accept that bullshit so don’t blame the kids for buying that shit blame yourself for teaching them to lie. Hiphop hybrid a fucking abomination .

  • Jhon da Analyst

    When is Thugnificent and the Lethal Injection crew droppin??!! Dem niggas keep it REAL!!! Oh yeah, and Gangstalicious has a remix to “Homies over Hoes” ft. Yung Berg

  • oskamadison

    In the 21 or 22 years of cats talkin’ that thug shit, there’s only been 2 that appears to me like they kept it 100 (or at least 98.5): Scarface and freddie Foxxx. If THOSE cats are lying, they need lifetime achievement Oscars, word up.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    “Dancing on Me” – WTF? they never play dat shit down here.

    & real shit Tony Grand$ – “For Entertainment Purposes Only” LMAO. so true.

    niggaz been lying in they raps. i’m new school so i cant remember when it was all real.

  • latino heat

    real talented emcee’s can kick stories on wax and make you see that shit like a movie. when Slick Rick or B.I.G. spit a story you didn’t even need a video, the whole thing was played out in your head. the reason i get on Rick Ross so hard is because i remember when he was in that Trina video back in 2002 looking like every other rapper with a throwback and a matching hat on. then he came back a few years later completely made over as a crime boss. with a corny ass fake voice and overall corny look, style and everything else. this dude is a lie! as other people said, if you can spit dope and entertaining stories then go ahead and do it. but if your living a lie and trying to get people to buy into it your a fraud and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    real emcee’s are poets. same way Dinero is an actor, he dosen’t try to make you believe what he does is real off screen. that would be corny. just like these fake ass rappers that live in fantasies.

    • Zulu1925

      @ latino heat

      You if you’re talking re-invention as a crime, then you’d have to lock up plenty of rappers – including NaS (He was “nasty” before he grew a conscience), Jay-Z (peep his ‘Hawaiian Sophie’ steez) and Tupac (Doing the ‘Humpty Dance’ isn’t exactly “Thug Life”). And, if you’re saying that rappers should take off their “personas” when not on wax – I would contend that even MORE of those who are obsessed with “keeping it real” would accuse someone who did that as ‘fake.’ We need to understand music and movies for what they are – ENTERTAINMENT. If you want realism, there’s an entire section of non-fiction in the library. Have at it!

      • latino heat

        @ Zulu
        i feel what your saying. i honestly hadn’t thought about the other rappers you mentioned, but you are dead on.

        as i said though, the dudes you mentioned are talented and they don’t try to portray that gangsta image when they’re not on wax. (Well 2pac did)Cam’ron tried to play Jay-Z for wearing sandals on the beach, Jay-Z said he’s gonna wear what’s comfortable on the beach makes sense don’t it?
        my point is Jay is a business man when he’s not on wax, he’s walking red carpets in tuxedos. Ross is walking around Times Square looking like a tourist then trying to talk shit to 50 like he just did some hard body shit.
        hip hop IS entertainment i get that. my only problem is when some artists try too hard to be something that they are not. and then when they’re exposed they try to cover it up with more lies. you wouldn’t go up to Dinero on the red carpet and really expect him to be packin heat would you? so why do rappers have to try so hard to be something they’re not?

  • K.I. the Great

    The bling bling and dope boy era is one of the worst ever and it may come to a end shortly. Its not that the rappers out today are talentless but they are scared to express themselves artisticlly and go outside of the norm. . . They to lazy make up shit so they just trace outlines laid before them. Thats why you have to respect 3 stacks and kanye. They arent scared to express themselves. People think Kanye is crazy but to me he is influencing the next generation to not conform which is really the essence of hip hop.

  • the legend

    i never believe rappers nowadays rappers before were real yeah i know they lied but drugs and guns the majority had done something like that such as dmx, i appreciate the fact that this is music and i enjoy liznin 2 ghostface killah about drugs because he did it and is real and also talks about the negative impacts of selling drugs unlike some rappers ( rick ross) because the lyricism and music is good however people are influenced by music and they might want to be like their favorite rapper who talks about various things. This is why hip-hop is under scrutiny and why rappers need to be real as they rap about things that are detrimental to our society

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    WELL I’M 21 YEARS OLD AND I BE KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT MOST OF YOU OLD NIGGAS (CONSIDERING YO AGE COMPARED TO MINE) BE TALKIN BOUT…. AND YES IT WAS NEVER A TIME WHERE MUFUCKAS WASNT LYIN IN THEY RAPS….. GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE…

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “EVERYDAY STRUGGLE” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP…))

    • Jamal7Mile

      EVERYDAY STRUGGLE!!!!

      Hell yeah, that’s the jam Paris! Turn it up another 2 notches! Ha Haaa!!

  • nycboy

    There really is no point in getting a headache over it. Fans can never constrast whats real or not if they are only looking from the outside in. I mean how many dudes have rapped about being a hustler in the past five years(too many to count) and who’s to say that half these dudes didn’t come from the suburbs. It’s all about image. You might talk about pushing wigs back, but at the end of the day, you really don’t want to take it there. Mobb Deep is a prime example. They rhyme about clapping and all that but when they were faced with real beefs(Pac,Keith Murray,Saigon,Jay Z,Tru Life), you never heard about them dudes seeing anyone on the streets. Most of these cats went after Prodigy and Havoc mostly kept his mouth shut. With all that aside, Mobb has put out classic material in the past and that’s really the whole point. If the quality of an artists music is decent, does anything else matter?

  • Jamal7Mile

    Here’s something I want to throw out there. Remember John Forte? I don’t know his catalog too well but he didn’t strike me as a coke rapper. He was a dread-head who dropped a few bars on The Fugees album.

    Turns out, he was moving millions in liquid cocaine and got snatched up at the airport. AND got out from what should have been a life sentence! Wow!! A Presidential pardon! WTF?? Do he supply Bush?

    How does that happen???

    • El Tico Loco

      That’s like Chi Ali and Cool C killers for real but their music was kinda soft. On the other hand Kool G Rap have the biggest body count on wax.

  • El Tico Loco

    I don’t care what you’re rappin about as long you’re clever, witty, or deep and your delivery is nice. This is the only artform where being mediocre is praised. You don’t see art galleries displaying stick men drawings, athletes don’t get recognized without skill, and singers have to be able to hold a decent note, so why rappers gotta dumb down? I’m not gonna stop watching basketball because I can’t dunk, but a rapper don’t get to really shine if they too lyrical that’s some ol back assward type shit, and the life gotta match the lyrics thank God George Lucas don’t have that kind of pressure.

  • Ricardo Ontiveros

    Man hip hop is sad now, i can play the song “song cry” by Jay z over and over, that would give you a glimpse at what im feeling now. Rappers used to lie about money and cars…now theres Informants, C.O’s and all types of ugliness in it..props to the few that are still real..we need to not support these fakes, im talking about the cops and snitches rapping now, cops lie I understand that but not to this point!!Keep It Real, rap is ours dont let them take it from us too…

  • Evildead – Mad Naggins Inc

    i think that its never gonna end and most of the foos that do keep it real never get the attention as do the liers on the industry!, its never gonna end with the background checks and always talking about real or trill in music, your actions speak louder that words!!!!

  • http://xxl gside

    Yea you can be clever witty all dat shit but you need to know what the fuck your talking about that , like fabulous I think he got talent he could be realer than most but no substance at the end of the day it’s just hot air . You got to believe what your talking about or people will see threw the fakeness like ross you knew he was fake before the pictures like some one bought up the late great emcee B.I.G you didn’t no if it was made up or not and you didn’t care because of talent but street nigga’s know he was keep it real “burns slow like blunts in yayo” first thing you say how he know keep it real.

  • http://www.myspace.com/commanderzero Strange Powers

    big difference between metaphors that express skill and actual things you claim so hard to be fact that just aren’t true.

    chuck d didn’t need to ‘sell coke/crack’ to validate his authenticity. Neither did KRSONE. This shit isn’t Hip Hop to me. It’s corporate rap. IMO, these people are just doing what they do to make a lot of money and don’t actually care about the art form, for the most part.

    Saul Williams is about as real as it gets…

  • http://www.jmack972.com JMack

    Murder murder kill kill or your fake!!!! lmao flip that brick!!! whoop that trick!!! this demographic wastes the most time thinking about the stupidest shit known to man

  • avon

    who the fuck cares how many hoes a nigga really fuck if he really killed a hunid niggas if he really sold dum mounts of dope rappers are supposed to act and pretend they are here to entertain us point blank period

  • the legend

    i never said that rappers never used to lie what i meant was that back in the day the mcs were realer and u could relate to them more but now people like rick ross lie and floss too much , theyre fake but are you telling me that people like kool g rap aint done some of the stuff he has talked bout (not all of it some of it)

  • $ykotic

    Good drops ya’ll. I see, I see.

    Hip Hop went to the labels and sold it’s soul(Rap).

    Rap belongs to the labels. It can only speak their language($). Can’t speak on the issues, the struggle, it’s history. Only what the label wants it to say.

    Every other form of Hip Hop is alive and thriving in it’s median. Rap is suffering the major consequences of being “stepped on” to the maximum chop.

    Like in Ross’ case. I’ve been screaming that whoever marketed this should be fired immediately. IF ROSS WOULD’VE CAME OUT, YEAH IT WAS ME, I WORKED A 9-5, PEEP THE STORY ON DEEPER THAN RAP, DROP SOME REAL STORIES ON HOW YOU WAS WORKING FOR THE MAN AND HAD A CHANCE TO MAKE MORE AND DID IT, DON’T YOU THINK HE WOULD HAVE BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE GAME WITH THAT?

    Instead we get more d-boy tales. The bread winner in Rap. Dance Rap is part time.

    At least now with the internet we can get more info than back when we had to use the corner phone booth and “beep” someone.

    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but at least have standards on what beauty is.

  • http://xxl gside

    Now we know what happen to rock and roll . But how you tell a broke nigga not to take the money I’m not talking about ross from a histrionically point of view from Big and Pac the best one who ever did it to these fake ass nigga’s how you don’t sell out and want’s the benefit of having that talent if you can’t get paid what end pendent label’s worst than the major’s when it come’s to that bullshit rap.K.R.S tied to tell us on that sex and volince tape no one lesson. How dumb is the populace I mean people only want to here educational shit for so long like back in the day it was a lot of #1 song that made it that I think shouldn’t that “wop there it is bullshit” hammer , vanilla ice them down south nigga always been on some beat no rhymes type shit expect for rap a lot peace to Scarface Willie D Big Mike Ready Reg and Bushwick Bill No limit some bullshit peace to cash money 99 to 02 but that shit sells I wouldn’t buy it .

  • Curtis75Black

    The majority of ya’ll on this thread is Bullshittin’ Yourselves !! You know there was a time when a emcee could rap about anything and get love for it if it was Clever with Hot production and you was on beat with your lyrics. Shit changed in the Early-mid 90′s !! “It’s still 187 on an Undercover cop”, “I grew up on the crime Side/The New York Times side” came into play and that’s what ya’ll wanted to hear CONSTANTLY. The more vivid the better. A emcee couldn’t talk about making love to his girl (Soft) a emcee couldn’t talk about heading out to a club to dance (Sellout) a emcee couldn’t talk about the safety of the community (Preacher) unless it had some tales of what he continues to do on the low on the streets !! Niggas acting like it didn’t matter, yes it did. If the talent was still there why hate on Jay for “Sunshine”, Why hate on Nas for “Hate me Now” ? Why hate on KRS and LL for the positive music but big up a Non-rappin’ off beat Jeezy with Pie trafficing all through his catalog – The production ? I think not. The age difference, Please !! Niggas was loving Ross with his “Hustlin” track, plus he was co-signed by Jay-Z which made it even better. If his flow hasn’t changed and “all rapper exaggerate”, what’s the problem ?

  • Prince Caesar

    All you niggas are stupid. Rap sucks now, anyways.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    “50 Cent – another professed liar who reneged on his deal to retire if Kanye West outsold him in their ‘07’s SoundScan showdown – wasn’t even able to use the bold face lie to successfully “fuck up” his life, as promised.”

    ^^ WTF are you talking about? Did you really think 50 would retire? Breaking a promise is not the same as lying, especially when he was super confident that he would win that battle. Second, he tried to fuck him Ross’ life. And if you ask me, posting a sex tape of your baby moms sorta does fuck up your life. I can imagine how many people asked Ross about taht, and how annoyed he got along the way. Same with the Tia thing. Making bold claims and failing to live up to them is talking out of your ass, but that isn’t the same as lying. What Jones did with the phone call is a better example of lying.

  • Peter Griffin

    “When keeping it real goes wrong”

  • WuMaster

    This is real talk, everyone talks hard but no one engages in these acts, and it’s a big deal because these guys are glorifying a lifestyle of drugs, sex and money, and they haven’t experienced it. Dudes like Jeezy, Wayne, Ross, and 50 selling units creating a “persona”

    Hip Hop is Dead… and NAS Helped kill it