Dear Aspiring Rapsters: No.

I love music. Seriously, music is one of the greatest, most unique things this planet has. Aside from death metal and R. Kelly’s hypocritically faux-inspirational tunes, I can find some form of pleasure in almost anything from video games to pornographic parodies of classic opening montages.

As such, I’m subject to a plethora of emails from aspiring artists all over the world. While it’s humbling in a sense that people look at what I do as a legitimate medium in the world of music, it sometimes sucks that there are a decent amount of rapsters that, well, just don’t get it. Rather than working on their own respective, distinctive craft, some simply rap to hopefully fit in and successfully jump into hip hop’s Double Dutch without getting tangled in its rope a bunch of times.

I’m a lot closer to 30 than I am 20 nowadays; the last thing I need to hear is how someone nearly ten years my junior is moving weight in the projects. Unless you are/were a member of the Re-Up Gang, songs like that aren’t going to instantly grab my attention. Yet – and partially due to the hypocritical fascination with music from artists like Clipse that promotes the stuff – some are compelled to drop fictional tales about coke deliveries and such, which more often than not isn’t good to begin with (unlike Clipse).

Gimmick rap hasn’t really been the same since 50 Cent revolutionized the trend of having an engrossing history during his Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ days. Music fans aren’t really enthralled in someone’s back-story anymore; we just want good music to play in our cars or iPods. I personally prefer music that comes from the perspective of an artist I’d probably hang out with in person. That is, if I wasn’t so volatile. And hostile. And half-crazy.

The most flagrant of fouls, however? The “freestyle over a looped instrumental to a song that dropped a few minutes ago” song. Thanks to music being recorded and released at the speed of life many songs are considered “old” by the time we wake up the next morning (unexplainable, but true). However, rapping over a 15-second portion of its beat looped for two minutes mere seconds after it dropped is just disgusting. I didn’t like it when Diggy Simmons did so on Drake’s “Over,” and I damn sure won’t respect it when a nobody does the same. At this point I’d much rather accept your lackluster single.

This post is not intended as a shot/stab/burn at all who read and rap (though I’m sure it will be taken as such). Hell, it could be that some people actually don’t know what really goes on. Far be it from me to give out doofy words of wisdom the way Rev. Run does, but I know I’m not the only one who feels this way as well.

And coincidentally, as soon as I hit the “publish” button on this post another “Light Up” freestyle hits my inbox. Good grief.

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  • these posts are racist

    Meka, let me tell it/
    i can spit it, but ill spell it/
    these kids have a dream, but it’s more of a myth/
    why work hard when you can freestyle spit?/
    can you blame a kid with nothin/
    tryna turn it into something/
    when all he sees on tv are a bunch rappers frontin?/
    time and time again, it’s exposed as fake pretend/
    yet each kid fails to listen, upload the track, then hit send/
    dreams of a milli/
    freestylin over a milli/
    less than 20 bucks to his name, but thinks he’s big willy/
    bustin caps, hittin hoes lies about bakin pies/
    just wait til reality sets in, fast fwd to age 35.

    • Anonymous

      Thats actually pretty good

    • Jazzy Soul

      I agree with Anonymous. The rhyming reply was pretty good. I found it entertaining.

  • http://twittter.com/Scandalous01 Scandalous

    Good POst!! guess I wont be doing my “Light Up” freestyle anymore LOL!!!

  • sd

    meka you complain a shit ton. good grief. you’re not important enough to do all this complaining, just ask Lupe.

  • http://twitter.com/djrollindeep DJ Rollin Deep

    Definitely agreed with a lot of the points made here… So many kids rap trying to “fit in” to what they perceive rap is about. The newer guys who are coming up in the ranks you will notice all they do is be themselves. A guy like Wiz Khalifa who is coming up very fast simply speaks about himself and his life and people recognize it. A guy like Drake spits about real life experiences too. People can easily recognize the fakers who talk about pushing weight when they actually never did such a thing. I guess it can be summed up into “real recognizes real.”

  • these posts are racist

    These little kids play a lot, but never work hard/
    never work smart, but waitin for a gold star/
    life ain’t school/
    guns and knives ain’t cool/
    bill payin’, taxes, get a trade, get a tool/
    get a clue, set a goal/
    get a plan, then let it roll/
    if life was easy, then it would be heaven/
    it ain’t all about ballin and doin donuts in the 911/
    day dreamin while u workin late nights sellin donuts at the 7,11/
    don’t take this rap as a universal diss/
    like im just a hater, old ass pessmist/
    take it or leave it, here’s my advice/
    go to school, work hard and sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice/
    safe your doe, stack your cash/
    don’t do drugs and don’t move fast/
    take it slow, think through moves/
    those who try to get it quick, always lose.

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  • LV

    Your posts always make me laugh and they are so truthful.

    “There’s too many emcees and not enough fans.” – Pack FM

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    THIS IS THE MEKA I WANNA READ BLOGS FROM!

    Yo tpar remember last year when we used to take over weak threads and start freestyling?

    Shouts to:

    Tony Grands
    newyawka631
    Apollo
    perfectpoints357
    impeccable
    macdatruest

    and whomever else I forgot…we used to have the nights & weekends popping over here…

    • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

      Haha, I remember those battles quite well! Wish I had an idea of what posts they were on – I’d go to the archives right now!

    • these posts are racist

      Yes! Wish I would have saved them…

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        Word I wished I saved them too…

        • Notorious AGC

          shit i wish i was just around to watch and read that ish.

  • David

    Everyone said they ‘wanna rock’ a few months back/
    You all just gotta ‘slow down ha ha’ relax/
    I’m sick of hearing drake beats, the albums not even out yet/
    they’re everywhere there’s no escape, where the fuck is an outlet/
    You all heard of Adidas? celebrate originality/
    Don’t just spit over beats from a pop personality/
    Change the record, literally, it’s getting annoying/
    Tryna start a career? then stop, you’re just destroying/
    You’ll never be remembered unless you do something different/
    so you may aswell give up or start to use your instinct/
    and listen to this basic rhyme about standing out from a crowd/
    coz if you don’t then how will you shine and make yourself proud

    • these posts are racist

      How you call yourself David, when you far from a King?/
      You ain’t know TPAR deliver lines that sting?/
      slow down haha, you citin fat joe?/
      my squad bring the terror homey, act like you know/
      ain’t no laughin when im smashing, blastin with these pros/
      talkin bout orginality and escape?/
      you not original, you fake/
      chalk this up as an “L” don’t make the mistake/
      Spar with TPAR? That’s a death seal on your fate/
      You said it yourself, you’re rhymes are basic/
      you couldn’t copy myself if i gave you the blue print to trace it/
      so i hope you have the instinct to take it home/
      because my style i ain’t SHARIN’, and I talkin about Michael Douglas’ co-star, ms. stone.

      • David

        slow down son your killin em! schooled me, but i don’t ever rhyme i just thought i’d type something quick up for the fun of it to see what it’s like

        i agree with meka’s post though as a hiphop fan it gets annoying seeing freestyles over the same beats, especially if the artists introduce themselves with them freestyles, no one will make a great impact over a regularly used beat unless they let a lot of skills pour out on them

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Hey Meka, I know you get a lot of garbage in your e-mail. Be sure NOT to skip over RO SPIT “A Different Arrangement.” He shouts out 2DopeBoys on one helluva mixtape! It came out a few days ago. RoSpit.com

  • arms

    Blah blah blah, u suck go away. Wheres bol.

  • Tasmoney

    what most dont realize is this here is a trap/
    cuz most of them woke up this morning and decided to rap/
    but me myself,i get it in/
    going 12 yrs. strong/
    just put my first mixtape on datpiff..com/
    and to my mans that was writing the blog/
    mad props/
    i could give a hundred reasons why these niggaz should stop/
    but that aint my place/
    cuz like them,im still in the race/
    to be heard by a million plus/
    along with earning a space/
    with my name side by side,with some all time greats/
    Tasmoney all in your face/
    real recognize real/
    what happened to the good days when your talent set the tone for a deal?/
    but nowadays its all bout your hits and tweets/
    in my opinion thats the reason for this shit on these beats/
    the main reason that these labels have been brought to their feet/
    and why its easy for an artist to make bread in the street/
    tasmoney coming live from that space in the beat/
    do it acapella style/
    homie nuttin but heat.

    check me out@datpiff.com keyword:tasmoney.

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Yeah, the decision to drop a freestyle over a brand new hot beat is the most egregious offense in my mind.

    It’s like the remix of what Ghost was talking about on the Purple Tape (but with words). They wanna use your words before you even get a chance to shine off them…

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • http://illmuzik.com/coldskilzs coldskilzs

    need them dope beats!!!!!!!!!!!

    illmuzik.com/coldskilzs

    rappers,singers,

  • Marc Sanyal

    Oddly enough though Meka the music you PUSH on 2dopeboyz is much the same even if it’s a more polished form of rap. A majority of the artists that y’all rep aren’t even worth a listen or 10 posts. BUT you still toss them on and vouch for them. There’s plenty of artists out there doing their thing signed or unsigned that don’t get play. If you want to set yourself apart, be original and have authority within the blogesphere, than I suggest you be more of a critic. Trust, we’ve pushed mainstream rap off the cliff however we’ve got to take the next step and be proper judges on what is actually “fire” and what is underground mess.

    Getting away from my rant, y’all still do your thing over @ 2dopeboyz, just show some discretion.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/nickolasreid Nickolas Reid

    I’m so unsure of how this post started 30 verses saying about the same thing and ironically enough all about “sticking out, not being a trend” and…. all you did was turn it into a trend, the words be yourself, and fit in, just don’t sink in very well these days do they?

    -Nickolas Reid
    Keep Our Dreams Ent.

    • these posts are racist

      Did you read my raps or simply just skim through it?

      Nickled and dimed Reid/
      learn how to read/
      this the type of beef that you can’t feed/
      i mean you can’t eat/
      you can’t cope/
      this the type of beef that’ll make you choke/
      i spit real ish, keep it fresh like doug/
      i hope you happy now, i gave your wack website a major TPAR plug/(no oil spill)

  • http://www.myspace.com/idonthavearapname Mika

    yo meka !!! was wondedring if you could check my myspace out and lemme know what you think ? i dont do that thuggin trappin dealin ballin shit in mine….so just so i know im headed in the right direction, give mine a listen …. you too reader !!

  • mujahdean

    WOW YOU CLOWNS DONT GET IT!! GET A NEW HOBBY .. THERE LEGENDARY ARTISTS OUT THAT HARDLY MAKIN A LIL CHANGE OFF THIS RAP SHIT..i SUGGEST ALL YOU FAKE RAPPERS TAKE A LOOK @ SOUNDSCAN CHART IF YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS.. AND DO SOME SIMPLE MATH SIMPLETONS

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  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Naw homie up there…HE’S SAYING HE CAN’T DO NOTHING FOR YOU YOU CAN’T DO FOR YOURSELF…AND SOME OF THE SH^T HE BE LISTENING TO HE’S BEING DIPLOMATIC IN SAYING GIVE IT UP.

    HE AIN’T THE A&R, HE’S THE CRATE DIGGER…

    “EXPAND YOUR MIND…” TAI-CHI-SUNZ OF MAN F/KILLA PRIEST

  • chillachill

    since when is battling over a post thru typing cool? that shits not hip hop. go meet ssomebody, put your shit out, put it on wax we dont wanna read that shit.

  • Aspiring Rapper

    Hey Meka,

    As an aspiring rapper who has consistently submitted material to 2DopeBoyz (professional e-mails, high quality product that actually looks like it cost money to make), I want to know what I can do to garner the attention of 2dopeboyz?

    I have had my content featured on some of the blogs on your blogroll, videos posted on WSHH (because I met their buzzing artist requirements – not by paying), and my performance resume is pretty decent for my local area…but I feel like my e-mails aren’t even being read by 2DB and these other big name blogs.

    I can’t see what I’m doing wrong as my approach has been nothing short of professional.

    Sincerly,
    Aspiring artist.

  • http://twitter.com/MykeWayne MykeWayne

    I’m a lot closer to 30 than I am 20 nowadays; the last thing I need to hear is how someone nearly ten years my junior is moving weight in the projects

    Truth.com

  • TPAR’s a retard

    TPAR the retard on the internets at home,
    Chasing a fight like a dog to a bone,
    My basic instinct leave you scarred, scared and owned
    Yeah you showing pussy so you are sharon stone
    You ain’t stinging shit, im benadryl to you b
    You ain’t winning this, like the Celtics’ big 3
    You chalk L’s, I pass em
    I got balls, you brass em
    And still all golden here, you dick riding queer,
    Nah we’re not peers, you take it in the rear
    Like five dollar bill faces, you lead and you’d die,
    This shit was over before it started, no need to reply.

    • these posts are racist

      TPAR’s a re-tard?/well apparently I’m the lea-dar/you took my name like you my wife?/so tell me what’s that like?/I guess what you said is right/you’re not my peer or my wife/you’re my bitch, so sit tight/as I show skill and show might/yeah im showing pussy, but it’s not my own/im showing yours on the street, sellin it for those 5’s you talk about in your poem/givin head in a Lincoln, im your pimp, that’s the truth/I tell you Drop down for this 5, like you Abe and I’m john wilks booth/don’t step to a pro/act like you know/play your position, throw on them pumps, that’s right you a good hoe.

      • Around and Around

        Whoa…

        TPAR tell em why you mad!

      • http://TRUTHBETOLD.NING.COM HAVE YOU HEARD OF ME

        HEARD YOU SPIT BARS ON XXL, THATS COOL HOMIE
        R THEY PAYING YOU FOR THAT, OR IS THAT JUST WHAT YOU DO HOMIE?
        CUZ I WAS TOLD ANYTHING THAT AINT MAKING YOU NO MONEY IS A HOBBY,
        AINT NO SUCH THING AS THE DOUBLE XL AWARDS, STOP IT.
        YEA, YOU SNAPPED ON A FEW OF THESE DUDES,
        I MUST ADMIT. BUT I THINK YOU REALLY SITTING BEHIND UR COMPUTER THINKING YOUR THA SHYT. LOL
        U WRITING, OR U FREESTYLING?
        U BITING, OR R U REALLY WILDIN’
        I CAN’T TELL!!
        I COME FROM A PLACE WHERE ALL WE KNW IS DOPE, FAST CARS, BASS BOOMING HARD, WE SET TRENDS BRUH, PEOPLE DIE TO LIVE HERE.
        AND THE FIRST 48 IS NO JOKE,, PEOPLE GET KILLED HERE. I AINT SAYING WHERE YOU FROM IS PEACHES, BUT IN THA GUNSHINE STATE, IT GOES DOWN. NAW THIS AINT SOUTH BEACH EITHER, OTHERSIDE OF THE BRIDGE,, YOU BETTA HAVE YA HEATER! SO SPITTING OVA BARS IS COOL,, BUT WHATS UR REALITY DUDE?
        AND WHAT’S A PUNCHLINE TO THA STREETS, WHEN UR PLAY-DO SOFT…
        NOT ME, THE STREETS EMBRACE ME, AND IT AIN’T MY FAULT. YOU CAN’T GO WHERE I GO, ROAM WHERE I ROAM. I DNT WHERE YOU FROM,, BUT LIBERTY CITY’S MY HOME!

  • sway-z

    The fact is, when I was growing up, no matter how much I tried, I KNEW I couldn’t sound like Biggie, Nas or Jay. Turn the tv on now, and EVERYBODY thinks they can at least do as good as Wacka Flocka. Can you blame um?

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    LOL @ ya’ll battle rapping on here, get behind a mic and spit that behind a dope instrumental.

    • these posts are racist

      I’ve tried to get my music played at XXL, they won’t play it.

      Meka, will you listen and play a couple of my freestyles?

  • Truthsayer313

    ATTENTION ALL MYSPACE/YOUTUBE/FANSITE AUDIO SECTION/INTERNET RAPPERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO SPECIFICALLY TRY TO SOUND EXACTLY LIKE YOUR IDOLS…..QUIT RAPPING, NOW. IM SORRY TO SHIT ON YOUR DREAMS AND BRING YOU BACK TO REALITY, BUT ONLY 1 IN 100 OF YOU ARE ACTUALLY TALENTED AT ALL, AND ONLY 1 IN 1 MILLION OF YOU WILL ACTUALLY GET FAMOUS. SO YOU THINK YOURE SPECIAL? NO, YOURE NOT.

    IF YOURE ORIGINAL AND JUST DO IT FOR FUN OR BEING CREATIVE THEN KEEP DOING IT. BUT THE REST OF YOU NEED TO QUIT BECAUSE YOURE WASTING YOUR TIME. IVE LISTENED TO HUNDREDS IF NOT OVER A THOUSAND NOBODY ARTISTS ONLINE, MOST OF YOU ARE GARBAGE. QUIT RAPPING PLEASE. THANKS. LEAVE IT TO PEOPLE WITH ORIGINALITY AND THE PROS.

    • http://www.myspace.com/idonthavearapname Mika

      wondedring if you could check my myspace out and lemme know what you think ? i dont do that thuggin trappin dealin ballin shit in mine….so just so i know im headed in the right direction, give mine a listen …. you too reader !!