The History of Cocaine Rap:
All White

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How did you get all of your material shit?
Did you get it through rapping?

Everything through rap.
So all the ki’s and stuff like that, it’s just rhyming?
I never had nothing to do with no ki’s, no shit like that.

Nasir Jones, interview (1996)

Crack is wack.

It may be hard for younger readers to believe, but at one point, this was the predominant philosophy in hip-hop’s musical output, if not in the life of the community. For instance, in 1983, Melle Mel released “White Lines (Don’t Do It),” which was meant to serve as a cautionary tale. But, even then, a conflict existed. According to legend, the song began as a celebration of cocaine use, not an admonition, and Mel was rumored to be skied-out during its recording. Tellingly, the tune sounds like a powdered trip through the Alps, with its stentorian, adrenergic bass line, exhortations to “Get higher, baby,” and odelike chorus. Even the song’s video—directed by Spike Lee and starring Laurence (then Larry) Fishburne—showcases a Flashdance-like interpretive dance troupe catching the sniffies in a dressing room, a highway of snow running down a topless girl’s spine and into her ass crack, and an abundance of pretty neon splashes. It plays more like an advertisement than a PSA.

This can be seen as the beginning of rap’s long and conflicted relationship with cocaine. Rappers DMX, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Field Mob’s Smoke have all been involved in high-profile arrests in which they were discovered in possession of crack cocaine that was allegedly for personal use. Philly’s Beanie Sigel, who has undergone counseling at a drug treatment facility, and Staten Island’s Raekwon have rhymed in the past about doing hard drugs. But, overwhelmingly, hip-hop’s tales have centered on the sale of narcotics, not the use.

In today’s rap, it seems as if the world revolves around the trade of crack cocaine and all the highs and lows endemic to a marriage of unbridled aspiration and deep despair. From artists such as Lil Wayne—who, having been under the wing of Cash Money Records since he was knee-high to a kilo, has no verifiable trafficking history to speak of—to Juelz Santana (he of the memorable moniker “Human Crack in the Flesh”) and his Dipset ilk, cocaine rap is the choice of the new generation. Even an artist like Busta Rhymes, known mostly for feel-good party anthems throughout his long career, chose to play up his stint in the drug game for the run-up to his latest album, The Big Bang, and jumped on the beat from Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’,” bragging about “that inconceivable guap” he made selling cocaina during the Reagan era.

Authenticity, of course, is put at a premium in hip-hop. But while a number of today’s iceman MCs have legitimate records of drug dealing, their rhymes relay the honest truth. Real or not, the stories told in the music don’t often delve past the fiduciary gains of the drug trade. From form to function to focus, cocaine rap has fallen under the auspices of style and design: Flows trump subject matter, thrills beat insight, and the gaud gained is more important than the lives lost. The game has become trapped in the trap, and it’s dope-boy tragic.

NEVER SOLD COCAINE IN MY LIFE, BUT I’M STILL THE FUCKIN’ MAN
CHRISTOPHER BRIDGES, “WAR WITH GOD” (2006)

The illicit mythos created by snow-shoveling stars is so dominant over the current rap scene that artists such as OutKast and Little Brother are revered by many simply because they eschew crack narratives. Of course, such artists find themselves in a precarious position when faced with the topic so prevalent in the work of peers. While the so-called conscious rappers are often quick to criticize the genre as a whole—attacking the dominant stylistic sameness, the monotonous tunnel vision exhibited by the slinger-songwriters’ one-dimensional subject matter—whether due to politics, free-speech beliefs or an understanding of the complex realities of their colleagues, they’re usually hard-pressed to call anyone out by name. In fact, by and large, it is the conscious artists who are making the best arguments in support of their supposed opposites. For every trap Republican rehashing Chuck D’s overworn analogy about rap as the ghetto’s CNN or paraphrasing Nino Brown’s courtroom speech about Negroes’ not owning boats, planes or gun factories, there’s an Immortal Technique or a Mos Def breaking down the drug trade on a macro level, tackling geopolitics, connecting cocaine rap to Afghan wars and South American revolutions. Undeniably, the emotional backstory of a song like Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick, Push II” articulates a stronger defense of Young Jeezy and Rick Ross than anything ever put to wax by, well, Young Jeezy or Rick Ross.

THE STREETS IS A SHORT STOP: EITHER YOU SLINGIN’ CRACK ROCK OR YOU GOT A WICKED JUMP SHOT
CHRISTOPHER WALLACE, “THINGS DONE CHANGED” (1994)

While it would be fallacious to use the mores of an entertainment medium to convey wholly valid observations of the Black experience, what crack rap implies about reality cannot be ignored. On his debut album, Jay-Z rhymed that, “All us Blacks got is sports and entertainment,” and whether art has imitated life or life has imitated art, the statement seems to have been taken on as a mantra by a generation—with the idea that drug selling is a last, but viable, alternative. A more perilous option, but one much more feasible, at least in terms of finding actual employment. As the Clipse’s Pusha T once rhymed, young Black males “only know two ways of gettin’—either rap or unwrap.” Despite recent efforts by an artist like Killer Mike, who is fervently working to flesh out the Southern d-boy caricature into a full-fledged human being, the trap star remains mostly an optionless hero. “It’s hard being young from the slums, eatin’ five-cent gums, not knowin’ where your meal’s comin’ from,” the Notorious B.I.G. rhymed on Ready to Die. The idea that UPS was hiring, as Biz Markie once noted, seems to have evaporated from the list of choices. So has trade school, driving a cab or getting a college education.

Perhaps most disturbing of all is that narcotics are no longer being presented as simply a way out of the ghetto, but as a practical road to real-life riches. On Ready to Die, Big was all too happy to leave the street life behind. “I’m doin’ rhymes now,” he stated. “Fuck the crimes now. Come on the Ave. I’m real hard to find now.” But by his second album, perhaps due to a realization that the music industry is a one-sided relationship, with the artist as an underpaid whore, he’d revamped his image. Though he was, by all accounts, never more than a midlevel hustler, he emerged as a boss in his rhymes, boasting that he, “In ’88, sold more powder than Johnson & Johnson.” The underlying dispatch was that the Notorious B.I.G. was not simply the alias of Chris Wallace, but the cover of the Black Frank White, the Verbal Kint to a man who was not primarily a rapper, but a drug lord.
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  • South Ambassador

    First? This shit is stupid!

  • http://fwammacunlimited.net fraser mclaren

    99% of rappers are full of shit. biggie never sold shit!

  • RIP BIG

    true shit man im sick of crack rap 100th that s for all you 1st fags

  • Rhazes

    “From artists such as Lil Wayne—who, having been under the wing of Cash Money Records since he was knee-high to a kilo, has no verifiable trafficking history to speak of”

    Lil wayne has been exposed. Dude never sold shit.

  • j

    gotta read this whole article. good shit. and its taken thislong forsomeone to actually point this shit out.

  • Fuck you

    90% of rap is fiction

  • dreadzy

    wanksta’s have run out of ideas they be rappin about staff biggie and them rapped about 20 years ago cocain aint nothin new in rap ask nas escobar.so these new artists mtv pop dwipset and them better find smthn new to rap about.
    amd oh ya Iam first bitch.

  • DL

    everybody wanna slang now.
    ugk was the only onez actually slangin bak in the day
    and still trill enuff to hustle better than any of these other fake ass “trap stars”.

  • http://www.myspace.com/afterthesmoke Whuzi

    People are always pointing it out…but rarely do the mainstream audience listen. Or the people talking are told to shutup. I think this generation is already long lost as far as rap goes. Hopefully the next generation will stop living a lie and figure out a way to make “real” sell, because this fake rap shit definately is flopping hard. Nice article. Hopefully it opens the eyes of the ignorant.

  • SilverBack Gorilla

    Good article. Alotta people is hearing this music & thinkin’ errythang is sweet. Deez cats is in a booth, rappin’!! Ain’t shit illegal about that. Its cats locked-up for eternity for really livin’ that rap shit… It misleads naive people into thinkin’ thats its all good, w/ little-to-no consequences.

  • Dermeezy

    I don’t care what is said there is not one person in the rap game right now that was making Tony Montana money before they started rapping. They might have sold a few rocks here and there, but nothing major. These are the people that are killing hip hop. They are fabricating their lives just like the movies. When I think of hip hop I want to hear the truth, not a made up life.

  • dez

    people still deal cocaine u know

  • Cash

    I love Clipse. Every song they do is about them selling nose candy. I get it… you sold coke cuz you “had” to. Of course, working hard and taking the long route would just not be an option. How bout some party records every now and then….

  • THE AGREE GUY

    I agree with this guy^^^

  • T.C.

    Dermeezy is definatley right all these cats rapping about slanging like 50 and t.i. and all those cats were strictly rock for rock nickel and dime hustlers they never touched a key because if they were so rich from hustling they wouldn’t be rapping they’d still be hustling slangin’ blow

  • dez

    people still deal drugs u know

  • content

    if you slung in the past chances are you aren’t raping for two reasons:

    1) you’re locked up

    or

    2) it was never worth the income loss you’d experience trying to start a rap career. unless you’re selling major units off your first independent project (which nobody does) the money ain’t right to make that switch.

  • AzRealAsDeyCum

    Interesting article,but music is the freedom of speech.If that’s what you feel in your heart,than speak up on it.There are a lot of rappers that are not truthful in their ryhmes and do it for entertainment purposes.But there are some rappers that this was a everyday of life for them,so they express it in their ryhmes.The niggas from around my way(N.O.),like Soulja Slim,B.G.,C-Murder are true to their lyrics.I just got finish doing a 4 year jost from 02 to 06 and it aint so much as a nigga listening to it for entertainment,it’s more that a nigga can relate to the shit!I dont see any reason to address the issue because,different music is created for different people.Some people dont like the gangsta shit,some people dont like the club shit,some people dont like rap,some people dont like rock or whatever else!There needs to be a variety of music to appeal to that paticular audience.No matter what you rap about whether its drugs,murder,money,women,etc.,if it keeps you off the street doing something positive(even though the message may be negative)than by all means,do you.Some of us aint so lucky and we dont have the skills to hustle in the music industry like a nigga hustle on the streets.Nigga have to face these streets everyday,so when we hear a real nigga being a voice for the ghetto,we go vibe to that!But I feel with this article is trying to do!

  • SUPERMAN

    RAPPERS AINT GANGSTAS. GANGSTAS DONT WASTE THEIR TIME RAPPING, THEYRE TOO BUSY DOING GANGSTA SHIT. YOU EITHER SPENDING TIME CRAFTING YOUR RYHMES, OR PUSHING THAT WHITE. ITS EITHER OR.

  • SUPERMAN

    THE AGREE GUY Says:

    November 6th, 2006 at 1:18 pm
    I agree with this guy^^^

    LOL! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    THATS SOME FUNNY SHIT. I HAVENT HAD A LAUGH LIKE THAT ALL DAY. THE AGREE GUY? YOU COOL MAN!

  • Samhain Misfit

    I just got finish doing a 4 year jost from 02 to 06

    ALL your credibility was shot to shit with that above statment…

    Nigga have to face these streets everyday,

    Didja ever consider takin your ass to school?

  • AzRealAsDeyCum

    Oh yeah,selling drugs dont make you a gangsta.They got a lot of busters that sell drugs.When I was locked up, I seen niggas who had that work and got worked up in that cell block!If it’s in ya then you go never fold up,no matter the situation you dealing with,it’s everyday life!Real niggas know what im talkin about and can feel me!

  • H-MAN

    U know how we do it in tha streetz, we B Notorious, Nortorious….when tha shit getz deep, careful how ya step cauze we B Dangerous, Dangerous…The underlying dispatch was that the Notorious B.I.G. was not simply the alias of Chris Wallace, but the cover of the Black Frank White, the Verbal Kint to a man who was not primarily a rapper, but a drug lord….All I can say about this article iz we run tha streetz, tha streetz dont run we…Shhhhhhhhhhhh…

  • paperchaser

    Well we all know jeezy and ross speak truth..Jeezy was in “bmf” )(who the fbi has since locked down for cocaine distrubtion in the whole south) and Ross’s best friend “black” was making like 40 million a year selling coke and caught 3 murder charges…Alot of rappers lie but these are facts about these two rappers…

  • Yo

    All this shit is a metaphor right here. The music industry is like the movie industry, full of false realities and based off of true story situations. But the only problem I have is the kids who take it out of context and use the streets as a footstool to get in trouble with the law. Rebellion isn’t always the right decision in life to take nor is being a street messenger about things that kill us. Reality is already set out to kill man, especially the less fortunate man. There needs to be stickers on the CD’s promoting that it’s fictional writings, or “based off of true stories”. We as black people need to realize that we have a heavy watch on us as it is – we don’t need anymore pre-conceived notions about us. People will do anything for money out here in this world. What about what you will do with your life as being wealthy inwardly? Music is vital and it’s something that should be taken seriously, or better yet, responsibly. Peace.

  • AzRealAsDeyCum

    To Samhain Misfit,I dont bar fight over the internet my nigga.If you dont know what a nigga been through you shouldnt judge the next man.I been to school,if you want to know.I dont give a fuck about no credibility from niggas online,im just speaking my mind.You can miss me on those broad statements and bitch ass comments!Everybody have choices to make,fuck sometimes we get caught up and make the wrong ones.Keep it real with ya self,this my life and I am what I am,so I dont care what another nigga thinks.

  • UK FAMO

    Its a good article, some obvious points to the people that have LISTENED to hip-hop music…95% of rappers havn’t gotten past a quarter oz when it comes to moving weight and even then I bet they sniffed it or got jacked

    On the other hand — I WANT TO HEAR THE CLIPSE TALK ABOUT ALL THAT SHIT BECAUSE THEY DO IT WELL. THEY COULD TALK ABOUT WHATEVER THEY WANTED REALLY BUT THEY SAY THAT SHIT SO FUCKING VIVIDLY….

    so if your gonna do it…do it well or shut up….

    17th bitches!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Clyde Barker

    EVERY ONE WANTS TO BE A FUCKIN DOPE BOI DEEZ DAYS

    JEEZY, ROSS, JUELS, T.I, AND WHOEVER ESLE THAT CLAIMS TO MOVE KI’S….
    i swear if scarface never came out, the rap game would be something else. all these dudes were little kids who so a “tight” movie and got obsessed over it.
    IF .. bruce lee sold crack and beat up everyone in the movie, all these rappers gon be using ‘HIGHYAAA” FOR A HOOK

  • Kama

    Lil Wayne never sold shit, but kiss men on the mouth!?

  • BLAQ

    99.5% OF THESE RAPPERS ARE DAMN LIARS AND FANTASIZERS…..IF U DONT REALIZE THAT THEN YOURE NOT TOO SHARP. ITS LIKE WATCHING LORD OF THE RINGS AND THEN GOING ON A WORLD QUEST TRYING TO FIND THE RING. ITS FANTASY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nrvous

    This is definetly a good read. Good looking out to XXL. It’s good to make people think.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    People need to stop worshiping celebrities. Dudes taking these rappers way to serious. Rap is just music stop reading so much into it. Just sit back listen and bob your head. Who cares if this person is credible or not? I could care less if Lil Wayne or Jezzy are actual criminals. If its good music buy it. It is sucks burn it.

  • H-MAN

    Itz tha hardest thang 2 do, riskin ya life and freedom 2 make a buck or 2…I dont play much Tennis, but I got a few racketz…I got tha best Keyz in tha biz, thatz a muzikal transaction that iz…

  • YoPrince

    art is usually an expression of exaggeration used to present some aspect of reality… rap is doing a good job of that right now… it’s just bad that black society is so fucked up. Good music is still good music; it’s just disturbing that this is what sells and this is what people (including myself) relate to in some way, even though it’s primarily IGNORANT.

  • H-MAN

    Say hello 2 my little friend…Im Jewelz f*kin Santana…in hiz Columbian voice…Hey, Santana, brush ya shoulda off…ya all ski’d up brotha

  • Stax On Deck

    Jeezy, Ross,8ball&MJG, and UGK are real wit da coke-rap. But Niggaz Like Jay-Z and shyt need to quit it.

  • Bonafide

    Everyone does want to be a fuckin d-boy i dont believe many except for rappers on the east coast because in the south u either do trap music or u makin up a dance thats whats marketable so most artists from the south are fabricatin their pasts. Their are some artists i believe from the south like TIP, Jeezy, Buck, & B.G., but Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Dem Franchize Boyz, Yung Joc, hell no

  • H-MAN

    DONT DO DRUGZ CHILDREN….JUST SAY NO

  • TaZ

    I Know What y’all are talkin about. I been listeneing to rap for a long time and its hard to find good hip hop w/o some kind of drug mention. It is a part of the music, but lately it becomes to much. Biggie rapped it cuz he lived it, but it wasnt every fuckin song. i guess rap is what it is, but rappin about shit you supposedly did isnt gonna make me buy ur shit. BRING BACK RAKIM!

    BWS 4 Life
    Doctor’s Advocate in Stores Nov. 14th

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Mav

    Cats really in the trenchs don’t have time to be that dam creative. Trust you not that relax constant problems watch your back. If you can still rhyme you are gifted. These niggas was school boys. Few are real.

  • gluvnast

    true be told…alot of people want to claim the purple tape as the start of that cocaine rap, but UGK are the originators of that shit..they’ve been doing it well before that time…and nobody give their credit due

    (returns to listening “pocket full of stones”)

  • SUPERMAN

    BLAQ Says:

    November 6th, 2006 at 2:16 pm
    99.5% OF THESE RAPPERS ARE DAMN LIARS AND FANTASIZERS…..IF U DONT REALIZE THAT THEN YOURE NOT TOO SHARP. ITS LIKE WATCHING LORD OF THE RINGS AND THEN GOING ON A WORLD QUEST TRYING TO FIND THE RING. ITS FANTASY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ^^^^^^^^^

    WAIT, YOU MEAN ALL THIS TIME IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL RING FOR NOTHING? DAMN, WHAT A ******* WASTE OF MY TIME!

  • SUPERMAN

    BirdsFlySouth Says:

    November 6th, 2006 at 2:19 pm
    People need to stop worshiping celebrities. Dudes taking these rappers way to serious. Rap is just music stop reading so much into it. Just sit back listen and bob your head. Who cares if this person is credible or not? I could care less if Lil Wayne or Jezzy are actual criminals. If its good music buy it. It is sucks burn it.

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

    NO, IF IT SUCKS “BAN” IT!

  • GANGSTA NIGERIAN

    ONLY NIGGAS THAT REALLY SELL THAT SHIT CAN REALLY RELATE TO ALL THIS NEW RAP SHIT. THAT IS WHAT THIS RAP SHIT IS TURNING TO, IF YOU AIN’T TRAPPIN, FIND SOME NEW SHIT TO LISTEN TO OR LISTEN TO SOME REAL NIGGAS SPEAKING THE TRUTH INSTEAD OF SOME FAKE ASS WANNABE GANGSTAS.

  • marz

    TO ALL YOU DOPE DEALER
    YOU AS BAD AS THE POLICE CAUSE YOU KILLERS
    YOU GOT RICH WHEN YOU STARTED SLAINGING DOPE
    BUT YOU AINT BUILT US A SUPERMARKET
    SO WE CAN SPEND OUR MONEY WITH THE BLACKS
    TO BUSY BUYING GOLDEN CADDILACS
    (ICE CUBE)

  • 11kap

    Some brothers aren’t even talking about cook coke crack when they’re rhyming it. Duhhhhh! taking everything wayy too serious as usual. I like it, myself, especially Juelz Santana and Joey Crack. They know how to talk about cocaine with soul. Anyway, everyone knows that ol’ girl been inna hood for decades, so why not talk about that ass?

  • Fernando

    Crack rap is entertaining. Listening to the hustles that people did before rapping / producing is entertaining. Of course there will be perpetrators & others who fake it, but from my experience with rap crews, & from what I have read, there are a great number of record label owners & rappers who launder their illegal money through the Independant label business. And there is big money in this even for the local labels in cities across the USA. And there is drug use referred to in ALL genres of music, so there is no point in singling out rappers. (Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Beck, etc. etc.)

    P.S – Just think if the disenfranchised youth spent as much time hittin the books as they did pushin drugs or shooting hoops…hmmmmmmm
    Positive rap might not be as “Cool”, but gettin smart will get you places that selling yak cant.

  • Flip

    “The game has become trapped in the trap, and it’s dope-boy tragic.”

    As a writer, that was fucking incredible to read. Well done my friend.

  • http://myspace.com/jdakathemoonman JD the Moon Man

    Listen up. It aint hard to sell shit and still be in the industry. Whether they still do it when they’re big stars, is the question. I mean, i know they got tight schedules, but there’s still room to sell shit, no matter what. Whether you’re handing cash to your boys to grab then sell, or when you’re back in the hood and you get the oppurtunity to make a quick buck. Remember, when you get signed to a major label, you get trapped in a money situatuon, sellin shit might be the only way to have cash at hand to keep up your image that you’re flossin. If you lose your image, you won’t sell a record, and then you’ll be ripped to shit by battle rappers that take advantage of your downfall to sell they’re own shit. Last thing: Gimmick rappers will die soon, a big turn around is coming. Ps: Nobody can touch Jadakiss’s skill, nobody!

  • Willie Will

    i don’t think 1 nigga should worry about what anotha nigga is rapping about. if u don’t like that shit, don’t listen. a lot of niggas done sold crack cuz its a lot of crack to be sold and people gone buy that shit. we looking at the wrong shit. turn on yo radio or go outside and see what i mean.

  • http://www.myspasce.com/16kingz thebestout!

    MUTHAFUCK SOME GOADDAMN CRACK RAP!!

    WHAT THESE DUMB ASS RAPPERS ( THATS ALL THEY ARE) FAIL TO REALIZE IS THAT RAPPIN’ ABOUT YOUR QOUTE,UNQOUTE DRUG ENDEVOURS DOES NOT MAKE YOU AN ILL LYRICIST!! IT MAKES YOU THE GODDAMN IDIOT GIVING AWAY ALL THE INSIDER SECRETS! LIL’WAYNE, FAKE AS HELL ALL HE IS A GLORIFIED BABY KISSER SLASH PILL CARRIER, JUELZ SANTANA,PHONY AS SHIT, HOW MANY KINGPINS IN THE DRUG GAME SAY FUCK IT I WANNA MAKE A RECORD AND AIR OUT MY DIRTY LAUNDRY SO THE FEDS CAME COME GET MY DUMB ASS!!ALL THE SHIT IS FAKE KIDDIES IT’S JUST ENTERTAINMENT DON’T BE TAKIN THIS BULLSHIT TO HEART!! IT’S ALL A MIRAGE AND THESE DUMB NIGGAS GET PAID TO PEDDLE THIS GARBAGE INTO OUR COMMUNITY SO THE “THE MAN” CAN GET RID OF YA BLACK ASS!! P.S. AS FAR AS JEEZY GO, BLEU DID A SHOW RECENTLY IN FLINT MICHIGAN STATING JEEZY AIN’T THE REALEST IN SHIT!! HE WAS JUST A GOOD RAPPER WHO THEY PUT ON TO SWITCH THE BREAD UP AND HE NEVA’ SEEN NO KEYS JUST A FEW ROCKS HERE AND THERE!! WKAE UP KIDS IF IT’S ON MTV,BET OR VH1 BELIEVE IT’S ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS, OUT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • flava dav

    I think alot of rappers either sold dope or knew someone who did and put it in their songs– but in the words of E40 if you do sell dope , get in and get out without s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • k-town nigga

    i am so tired of these fake rappers coping scarface

  • http://XXL.com BIG GEE

    Its amazing how our federal government can help to blindfold and control the minds of our youth. After the reagan and Bush Sr. administration a variety of laws were passed a little bit before Opertation Desert Storm to make major cocaine trafficking hard for those who were prosecuted for selling the white. The tales of Rayful Evans ALPO Porter and the Original Rick Ross from California were really probably the last of a few individuals who actually profitted off of their Major drug dealing because of their connections. If you live anywhere in the Los Angeles area u know that there are probably more crack-heads(SKID-ROW, BOMPTON, South Central & Watts than in any major city in the United States of America. And so many superstar celebrity cocaine heads and athletes (Brett-Favre self-addressed crackhead and Brad Pitt a major coke-head. Basically the mentally brainwashed minorities thru rap music to make people believe that drug dealing is the thing to do keep us locked out of different oppurtunities.

  • JAY DOGG

    JEEZY AND ALL THEM NON SELLIN COKE SELF IS ALL FULL OF SHIT THEY JUST TRYIN TO MAKE THEM SELF LOOK GANGSTA ALL THEY SELL IS MUSIC AND HALF OF THEM CANT EVEN SELL THAT WHAT MAKES U THINK THEY COULD SELL COKE THEY ALL FULL OF SHIT

  • Knowledge Speaks

    This whole article is real talk. 90% of these rappers be praying to be Scarface. Truth of the matter is, their fame has taken them outta that environment and they simply just rap about what they homies is doing back home.

  • Twelve

    Bonafide Says:

    November 6th, 2006 at 2:38 pm
    Everyone does want to be a fuckin d-boy i dont believe many except for rappers on the east coast because in the south u either do trap music or u makin up a dance thats whats marketable so most artists from the south are fabricatin their pasts. Their are some artists i believe from the south like TIP, Jeezy, Buck, & B.G., but Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Dem Franchize Boyz, Yung Joc, hell no

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

    Is this Bonafide from the MIA????

    If so holla atcha boy!

    -12
    Motel6

  • priceless

    crack is a metaphore in rap saying that they spit that drug…rappers are saying that their music is a drug, and that they’re that good…when you spit that crack it’s saying that you spit it good-ppl are addicted to your raps…

    that’s the definition of crack rap…

  • Cuban Link

    61st!!!

    Also most artists are full of bull shit they dont care about us they just wanna see a dollar.

    Also, will u please give Grandmaster Flash the credit he deserves and mention his name where u put Melle Me?Honetly, Flash is underappreciated.

    But yall wanna be d-boys dont be mad, UPS is hiring!Lmao classic quote.

  • HoodNiccah

    Some Rappers That really sold coke/crack

    50 cent
    Game
    Jeezy
    Clispe
    Jay-z
    T.I
    Rick Ross

  • gluvnast

    melle mel and grandmaster flash split ways when melle mel did “white lines”…do your homework

    that’s just like saying we need to say eric b everytime we mention about rakim…lol

  • http://www.ghosttribe.coz.in Hostile

    Come check out some Ghost Tribe tracks. We dont do rap like that. But feel free to stop in and post some hater-free comments. Big Ups to y’all that stop thru and show us some props. Pce Hostile of Ghost Tribe

  • freehiphop

    man this GENERATION HAS NO IMAGINATION every one wanna be a cowboy so grab your guns boy, most of these rappers grew up in during the scareface era now they want that scareface image to manifest in them now that they got famous that shit is funny coz most of these rappers never even sold asprin but still wanna look like they al capone and shit get the fuckouter here man be original man rep your life style not fiction man tony montana is jus a movie character man you cant be him “do you” stop doing other peolpe daim…..

    ohh yha fuck laffy taffy I hate mainstream I hate candy rap

    UHURU KWA HIPHOP

  • Big D

    SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT RAP SHIT IS REAL. DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE RAP, BUT PEOPLE BE TALKING ABOUT RAP IS MISLEADING KIDS OUT THERE, THIS IS STRAIGHT BULLSHIT. I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO RAP SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID, I NEVER SOLD ANYTHING OR EVER DID ANYTHING ILLEGAL. YOU KNOW WHY? CAUSE I LISTENED TO THE GROWN UPS. NOW I’M ALMOST DONE GETTING MY BACHELORS IN ACCOUNTING. PEOPLE GOTTA REALIZE THAT PARENTS PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN THE KIDS LIVES. TALK AND THEY’LL LISTEN. THAT’S WHY MOST BLACK KIDS ARE GETTING LOCKED UP EVERY NOW AND THEN, CAUSE NOBODY EVER TOLD THEM THAT RAP SHIT ISN’T REAL. REAL NIGGAZ THAT EVER SLING OR BANG BACK THEN, NEVER GLORIFY THAT SHIT. INSTEAD THEY RHYME ABOUT POSITIVE SHITS. (LYFE JENNINGS, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUES, 2PAC, NAS, ) ETC….

  • buddahlovaz

    u guys r too funny…im sure these rappers used to hustle…they prolly worked a block but they never moved fuckn mad keys they prolly saw more money in rappin so they put the rocks down…u cant say that all rappers r talkin shit cuz u dunt even know them haha

  • hi iam brian

    east coast niggaz are possers lol

  • Evan

    HOW ARE CAN YOU TALK ABOUT COCAINE RAP AND NOT TALK ABOUT RAEKWON AND GHOSTFACE. CUBAN LINX WAS THE 1ST ALBUM TO EVER TALK ABOUT THE SHIT.

  • Dr Flav

    WTF! XXL finally published a real article with substance, wow I thought that died with the old Source mag, peace to Ray and Dave. Cocaine Rap term copyright goes to Noz. Im not going to add to the dry snitchin, all Im going to say is Hollywood makes plenty of cocaine movies and the average dealer cant afford bail. They usually just have gear, a whip and a chain. LOL!

  • CookCokeCricket

    Wher I from, we eet choclate covered crickets

  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    big up to Evan for pointing that shit out the purple tape made a lot of east coast cats change the way they rapped, i do believe a lot more rappers sold dope than yall give ‘em credit for.

    i think niggaz sold dope but they want like rich porter, and the dudes

  • ..

    Don’t forget about Master P. He use to be in a real dope gang, now he’s doing show’s for nickeloleon.

  • SENECA

    Dude like biggie said you’re either slangin crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot. But he also forgot you can become a rapper, or a football player. Comedians are makin a comeback too till Chappelle went all wacko. Ummm… let’s see if you dad bangs an asian you can become a golfer. Baseball’s not an option anymore with all those damn latin’s. So that’s about all the options we have for now. Maybe we should try soccer.

  • Jason Chantelle/ TheLegazY

    WHAT YOU ALL WANT NAS AND THEM TO DO ON AN INTERVIEW? “snitch” on themselves…?

    GWF

  • Ricochet

    Funny how all of a sudden everybody thats coming out now moved keys and shit. Most of these jokers ain’t do shit. They be rapping bout what another did in they hood. And Rick Ross is bogus. How the fuck are you going to take somebody’s name who by the way is still alive and don’t even know them to use as your rap name.

  • jonjon–23

    The sad part is that these cats are lying on their records and lil’ niggas believe it-so they go out and try to live their lives like a fake ass rap song made by a fruad ass nigga. “We” are so brainwashed now that the average black kid from the ghetto won’t even entertain the thought of taking the “long hard route” of being successful by becoming educated and getting a job in that field. They think either sell drugs, become a rapper, or a professional baller. That’s the image we are fed and now that’s what we believe. Kid’s in the ghetto are just as smart and capable as rich white kids–they just are up against tremendous odds from day one. This is not an excuse,only fact. If you are born to a poor, untrained, teenaged single parent in a racist world you have to overcome stiff odds from birth.

  • BlackBetty

    What people forget is that music is about feeling. Every song an artist makes might reflect violent behavior such as shootin or whoopin’ someones ass or hustlin ki’s or whatever, but that don’t mean he is killin someone everyday or ever has it is an attitude. Don’t fuck wit me. In certain aspects of life you have to have that wall of defense up and be ready for anything even if it never comes along. Some might have hustled some might not have. I know a hundred + hustlers some have seen ki’s but a huge profit isn’t always made off a huge amount. Also, who gives a fuck when you pop in that tape(cd) if an emcee spits somethin you can relate to than that is what its all about. Someone speakin about what you know or feel good with the bad. If you don’t like the artist don’t buy the cd!

  • face

    if music is a reflection of reality, what’s the problem?

    Muisc can be influental, in a good or bad way, but not the ONLY influence…

    cocain is still smuggled into the U.S. by the ton..

    marijuana is still smuggled into the U.S. by the ton..

    Exstacy and Meth are still massed produced and massed consumed…

    Herion is still smuggled into the U.S. by the ton..

    Opium is still smuggled into the U.S. by the ton..

    poor Blacks are’nt the ONLY ones getting high..

    Narcotics is a billion dollar business with no incorporation…

    Celebrities, Athletes, Politicians, and Business Owners spend more on drug consumption the poor people do, simply because they have more money…

    It’s deeper than “trap rap”, and as long as people WANT to get high, people will sell drugs..

    I think the issue is just a moral one..a matter of “good” and “bad” as far as hip hop’s influence..

  • 11kap

    Priceless summed it up best. ^

  • daesonesb

    Kris Ex needs a spot writing for the print version of XXL.

  • http://xxlmag hitsquad representive

    fuk everybody that talk shit about jeezy “THE REALEST NIGGA IN IT YA ALREADY KNOW”

  • Goldenarmz

    Yes all blacks should sell coke, because you know graduating HS and getting a real job and going to school is so hard these days

    -end sarcasm-

  • 317napATTACK

    great article can’t wait to finish readin it in the mag. But fa real quit bringin wayne down lets talk bout dudes like cassidy with the im a hustla more like im a busta

  • WOW

    Well what do we say about thoes big time drug dealers that get in the game and start record companies ..im not saying any names ..but dont they have a part in this crack rap..they get new artist and have them rap this fantasy stuff and think they are going to sell millions ..when they are not because we have heard the same story over and over and over…

  • paperchaser

    If you cant relate them dont listen…The music is for the d-boys..If you aint a d-boy listen to some other shyt…

  • http://www.myspace.com/honey_dip520 Jade Starr

    Rap is 99% braggadocio .5% of str8 lyin’. I love Hip Hop but as of the past several years I can’t take anything these rap cats say bcuz too many have been exposed for being frauds from Jigga to Biggie to Pac…don’t believe the hype about what niggas say. They use similies and metaphors. Them cats can’t move weight and rap about it without being investigated by the Feds. I will be copping this issue next month.

  • Stax On Deck

    I agree

  • 11kap

    Damn, niggas are doing a better job hating each other than white people can these days, and you know that’s a problem.

  • Ghost of 2Pac

    Keep your head up! And say NO!

  • Swayz

    The worst part is that some niggas do it in reverse. They want to be rappers, so they sell drugs to make they’re lyrics real, cuz thats what they think they need to rap about to get on. Niggas I know got locked up on purpose, just so they can be real, No bullshit

  • http://www.miclowreyintro.blogspot.com Mic Lowrey

    First and Foremost the whole rap dealer as drug dealer is old as hell and the young boys talking about they was slingin, when, do the math if you been in the industry since 97 running with whatever crew and you under 28 you was not slingin anything, stop fronting, and the bad part is now the little hustlin dudes is rappin and the only thing they talking about is coke and crack, people been stop selling crack, addicts rather cook it themselves, and the whole dope boy have these cats would not know, coke from dope, it is a shame, somebody please SAY SOMETHING WITH SOME SUBSTANCE, instead of speaking on about a substance

    Mic Lowrey

  • Da Tefflon Don

    Alot of these rappers is lying about this shit n theres only a couple that actually sold crack like T.I. n 50 cent n also Freeway who got proof.

  • Da Tefflon Don

    Alot of these rappers is lying about this shit n theres only a couple that actually sold crack like T.I. an 50 cent n also Freeway who got proof.

  • freeworld08

    this articles put many of these rapper on front street some of these cat are are living a fantasy wacthing to much scaface and New jack city.

  • Livin’ Proof

    slangin’ don’t make you gangsta…I know alot of stupid drug dealers, and them dudes are nobodies…if u did sell crack, then fine, do you…but if u never did, don’t lie, that’s just fake…

  • fuckit

    RICCK ROSS IS FUCKING WACK

    WIKIPEDIA.COM SEARCH FOR RICKY ROSS
    THAT NIGGA SOLD SO MUCH COKE THAT THE CIA USED HIS MONEY FOR WAR, FAT ASS RICK ROSS HAD TO COPY THE REAL NIGGAS LOOK BALD WITH A BIG BEARD

  • fuckit

    MESSAGE TO CONTENT

    HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF DAZ DILLINGER
    MAY HAVE SIGNED ON TO SO SO DEF BUT THAT WAS JUST A BONUS FOR FANS TO SEE THAT DPG NIGGA BUMPIN LOWRIDERS IN HIS VIDEOS AND REPPIN THAT WES COAST SMOKE….WHICH IS RAELLY FROM VANCOUVER BC………….BC BUD!!!!!!!!!

  • paperchaser

    Ima drop a jewel on all yall idiots..Being real is keeping it 100 with your family and friends..If you do anything other than that your fake..

    Niggas can lie on record a still keep it real with they people..Stop taking music so serious..

    Yall a bunch of complaining ass niggas..Yall say dance music is wack..Dope boy music is wack…WTF do yall like???

    Hip Hop is dead cause of wack ass fans not wack ass music..If you on here blogging talkin you real this n that your a pussy…Real niggas do real shyt..

  • piru

    most of these cats is lyin like juelz and lil wayne but for content i kno niggas that rap and actually do sell drugs so jus cause u rap doesnt mean u have to stop so u dont kno what u talkin bout and only rappers that i think really sold any thing was jim jones, jeezy, t.i., yo gotti, u.g.k, boosie,webbie,slim thug,young buck, hell relland game so everybody else is lien

  • GhettoChild

    I beat tha streets, yall fake, straight up, i aint gotta explain shit cuz yall sum ignorant mahfuckers, IVE FUCKIN BEEN IN THAT LIFE 4 16 FUCKIN YEARS AND YALL TALKIN LIKE ITS COOL AND ITS DOPE… IT AINT COOL, STRESS, DEPRESSION, AND PARANOIA.. all day long, I BEAT THE STREETS AND IM OUT, haha yall cool as the mahfuckers n jail cells doin life, yall ice cold as the mahfuckers buried underground, real gs tell u what it is n how it is, REAL GS TELL YOU TO GET OUT N STAY OUT, and dont ever look back. I beat the streets and im proud.

    PS. i was “cool” once 2.. but i chose 2 b a man instead.

  • Jay

    It’s all about who’s rules the ghetto kingdom… Your not going to be a hero jus cause you got talent. Kids are after street warriors. Fantasy or not.

  • http://myspace.com/mocity_track_killa SdotB(htown lyricist)

    its simple b………sum niggas sold blow bcuz dey had 2 ……and when dey made it rappin dey stopped…..sum niggas mite of sold it jus 2 get street cred n shit like dat………….and sum niggas jus lyin dey ass off………..aint neva touched coke
    (wayne,)

  • http://myspace.com/mocity_track_killa SdotB(htown lyricist)

    and basically its all about money….so even if u lien its still hustlinb……….benjamins over what tha fans think

  • http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?page_id=291 BILLY SUNDAY

    I would never buy this magazine but this preview was balls good (no TED HAGGARD)

  • H-MAN

    I plead tha 5th on tha whole article…but let me say this…itz not Timberlake bringin sexyback, Itz sexy bringin crack back

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  • http://hollyhoodcentral.blogspot.com/ BrightLights

    The Drug Years

    Let me pose a question? Are these rappers really lying though? Let me break it down. Do you know how drug induced American society really is? I suggest you do your research on that. Not just the hoods were dealing with drugs and its issues. The entire country was and still is.

    In fact, drugs were the rich white man’s high anyway. All they did was pump the drugs and guns into the ghettos, so we can kill each other over it. The burbs was pushing weight and had the Kingpins before the hoods.

    You either had to be rich or an entertainer to mess with the drugs back in the day. I’m not just talking about the 80′s crack epidemic. I’m talking about from the 50′s on up. If you weren’t selling or using, you knew somebody that did.

    I’m speaking from experience. I have 4 older sisters two of them were major drug addicts. One Coke, the other was on Crystal Meth. Currently, another sister of mine is an alchohol and weed head.

    Growing up in the inner city, and the enviornments we were in, how could you not know about it. It was right there. You didn’t have to sell it or use it to know about it. I can tell you right now what’s on the market, what’s being used, what’s the most popular choice. The different forms of each drug and so fourth. I knew the people who sold it.

    I can get on if I wanted to. But I chose to stay away from that, because I saw literally first hand what that “poison” (because that’s what it is really) does to people’s lives. My own father, was like you know I could make easy money right now. I could clock a G a day 30 G’s a month easy. But, I won’t be feeding any poison to my people. I’m better off being the repsectable honest dude. It ain’t worth it.

    As far as Hip Hop and the entertainment industry period. It’s 10 times worse with the drugs and alchohol. Not only is it more access to it, a lot of these artist use it as well. It’s rampit in the industry. It’s not just Hip Hop, it’s other genres, such as rock, heavy metal ect…so it’s worse than it is on the streets. Why single Hip Hop out though? Sex and violence is in American society period.

    So are these rappers really lying? The answer is no, in a sense. All they are doing is reflecting what American society has been doing and is under for years. I don’t care what background you come from. Everybody has or had some type addict in their family, or they know somebody who was one.

    Now, how these artist portray it or glorify it, and the influence of it is different.

  • pyro black

    damn,dis is has caome as a big suprise to me as i am an aspiring u.k rapper,because in london u can’t rhyme about sumthing you don’t do,its like the ultimate taboo.So younger generations actually try to push the limit by living dis life for everyone to see they are genuine.Pyro black. keep the good work up.

  • http://hollyhoodcentral.blogspot.com/ BrightLights

    Oh, and it doesn’t just affect the people selling it, not just the people using it. Everybody is affected.

  • DontDealIfYouAintReal

    That shows you how much niggas think they know some ones life by listening to rumors and shit.There’s a certain rapper I was in high school with(Marion Abramson)who I know for a fact sold weed(eye witnessed it).As for as selling anything else I dont know about that.Niggas who went there know who im talikg about,but the saying the man didnt sell shit.There’s another rapper who say gangsta shit on his cd’s but is pure pussy(hint he from B.R.),nigga slapped him in the face and he didnt do jack,but I seen somebody quote they know that rapper is telling the truth in his raps.Niggas get a clue,stop assuming what you dont know.If you wasnt there first hand to witness shit and you going off by what you hear,then you really dont know jack.Which make you lame and need to get a life.Stop worrying about someone elses!

  • http://playahata.com wise

    First of all, I think it was a good article well written and researched.
    As an old school hip hop head from the BX drugs were prevalent before we started rapping about them.
    As a DJ I play good music. I’m looking for good beats and a good flow. The lyrics put records over the top. By that I mean is it just another joint or is that a classic.

    In conclusion I hope my blog influences some one to use their creativity and passion to make some good music about the world they want to see. Speak about the drugs and place you want them in your world. Speak about religion, women, the court system, taxes, war, weapons of mass destruction, politricks, our elders and the hood.
    peace and i’m out

    When you listen to the music you listen to the vibrations that artist wants to radiate. When you see a continuous pattern that’s the radiation of the generation.

    If you don’t like it is really too bad. You have to be creative and passionate enough to put a stronger vibration in the atmosphere.
    Drugs is just one of the things we going through.

    If you ask me don’t get mad at the vibration coming from the music look at the situation.

    Right about now you writers need to warning people about the negative implications of heroin again because with this war in Afganistan. I’m sure it is looking to find its way to be a leading drug in our communities.
    Maybe i’m like NINO too. It’s bigger than us. Iraq is about oil. Afgan is about oil and drugs. The bottom line it’s all about $$ not democracy.

  • RAPPERSLIE2

    RAPPERS DONT SELL SHIT CAUSE IF THEY DID DONET U THINK POPARAZY OR HOWEVER U SPELL IT WOULD FOLLOW THEM SELLING THEY SHIT……LIES LIES LIES

  • http://myspace.com/beats4dastreet beats4dastreet

    Niggas gon’ rap about crack until ma fuckas get crack out of the hood. Niggas rap about what they see.

  • K.ola

    HoodNiccah Says:

    November 6th, 2006 at 5:53 pm
    Some Rappers That really sold coke/crack

    50 cent
    Game
    Jeezy
    Clispe
    Jay-z
    T.I

    Gayme sold weed not crack Loc…

  • http://myspace.com/itscoalitionmusic real talk

    that was sum real talk right there… if cats are caking off drug money, do u and move in silence then cop out the game… nowadayz brothas feel they gotta be hustlin just to be hustlin to say that they hustlin.. that aint real fo nuthin… if u got a bangin 9-5 job,a nice business, or a successful rapper, what REASON are u sellin for? having that mentality is tha trap….
    hollablack check my group’s page

    myspace.com/itscoalitionmusic
    we have shit to say

  • H-MAN

    Diddy writes checks??? hmmmm..Biggie owed Notorious alot of money…Listen 2 Smallz lyrics….betta go 2 tha bank and get Kash Diddy…Daddy Notorious sayz itz on U!!!!!

  • H-MAN

    Nuthin more nuthin less…When itz Jeezy’s time 2 go, U can bet, Ill B at hiz funeral, sprinklin coke all ova hiz coffin, ryde wit retribution, find tha man that hit my brotha, kick in hiz door, and sprinkle coke all ova hiz floor….Tha sign that tha snowman waz here…Mr. Me Too…so much snow ya gonna need a shovel 2 C…go back home and touch my babyz mama, and sprinkle coke all ova tha covaz….Bury me a G, nuttin more nuthin less…Lord, I dont know where Im goin, but itz gotta B betta than this……Notorious, Notorious

  • http://myspace.com/itscoalitionmusic the man phe

    that was sum real talk right there… if cats are caking off drug money, do u and move in silence then cop out the game… nowadayz brothas feel they gotta be hustlin just to be hustlin to say that they hustlin.. that aint real fo nuthin… if u got a bangin 9-5 job,a nice business, or a successful rapper, what REASON are u sellin for? having that mentality is tha trap….
    hollablack check my group’s page

    myspace.com/itscoalitionmusic

    we saying sumthin

  • H-MAN

    Man iz tha boss, and if ya mess wit hiz kash, hiz crew will leave ya organz in jarz like tha Egyptionz uzed 2 do…muhahaha

  • Sean Devine

    Man…if you know about cocaine/crack rap then obviously you’re feeding into it. I mean rap is supposed to be entertaining not exactly factual. You watch tv and movies that say the same thing..you think that wesley snipes ever sold crack or that chris rock was really a fiend? Its a fucking business, if you enjoy the music then listen to it…I dont hate it, I like Lil Wayne, I dont care if he ever sold a bag of heroin, I never have. But at the same time, I know people who do, I know people who flip kilos, as Im sure the rappers do too. Its real fucking life, this shit does occur, and alot of people know about it. You’ve never smoked a blunt, or seen a transaction? Get real, if you see it, or hear about why the fuck cant you rap about without 10,000 internet lames critisizing it…Jealousy is a bitch, and you all say it is blashphemy and yet you still listen…why? Because it is entertaining.

  • jonjon–23

    These rappers would put out a record with the K.K.K. if it made their pockets grow. I am tired of hearing their “ghetto fables” and apparently everyone else is too with record sales the way they are. The reason rap is falling is that there is no creativity or spontaneity in the music. Negros talk about the same ass lame ass ignorant shit over and over and over….Producers are forever sampling music and using hooks made by other negros back in the day. Are niggas that lame-brained that they are not capable of generating authentic thoughts. Maybe not.

  • http://www.cazeentertainment.com ShadowMan

    don’t sleep, we all got eyez, don’t sleep………..

  • young_fane

    TO ME……..THIS COKE RAP OR WHATEVER U CALL IT, IS LIKE VISIONS OF MY LIFE……OF COURSE PEOPLE EXAGERATE A LIL BIT…..IT’S ART….MOST ART IS EXAGERATTED…….FOR ANYONE TO SAY, THIS MAN DONT HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF SELLIN DOPE……THATS NON SENSE….DIDNT NONE OF YAHLL GROW UP WIT THESE NIGGAZ…….AND REGAURDLESS RAP NOW A DAYZ IS A REFLECTION OF THE HOOD…NIGGAZ SELL DOPE EVERYWHERE……AND U CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT THE SHIT U SEE/KNOW……..AS A RAPPER, SHIT , I REALLY HAVE SEEN KI’S SITTIN RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME…..I’VE PERSONALY MOVED A QUATER KI THAT WAS MINE……REAL SHIT…….THAT DONT MEAN WHEN I SPIT A LINE ABOUT KI’S BEIN MOVED IT’S NOT CREDIBLE….SHIT….I REALLY SEEN THAT SHIT……..AND U CANT SAY THESE RAPPERS FAKE CAUSE THEY AINT DID NO TIME……SHIT….I NEVER SEEN A DAY IN MY LIFE THREW THE GRACIES OF GOD…….I CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE SHIT ALONE AND GO TO COLLEGE DOE……I UNDERSTAND MY LIFE IS WORTH MORE THEN ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY I CAN MAKE OFF GRINDIN….YA DIG……ANYWAYZ……..INFAMOUS MONEY ENTERTAINMENT…….STRAIGHT MIDWEST SHIT…….PROFANE_S_FLAMES@YAHOO.COM……..SEND A HOLLA AND GET U A FREE MIXTAPE…….REAL SHIT

  • mista klean

    it aint about whether they lyin or not; not in most cases anyway. its about stretching the truth. yeah of course some of these rappers sold drugs. but pushin weight heavy in the streets like they claim..hell no! if that was the case then they wouldnt even be thinkin about becomin a rapper, if money runnin that damn good. Nino Brown (a fictional character, yet a true drug lord figure) trying to make a rap album or Supreme resorting to rap as a money enhancer; no reason to. and fuck all that “its only for niggaz that can relate” bullshit. cuz when a rapper is on tv or on radio promotin their shit, they encouragin EVERYBODY to copp their album. they never say “only my d-boys and hustlers and thugs go get my album”..they say “go get my album yall” “dont forget to copp my new cd”..and all that is generally speaking. and also, if they were so “real”..they wouldnt have to personify SOMEONE ELSES image (e.i. Rick Ross). why not their own? its all bullshit. but people are still gon buy it because it sounds good. plus, u gotta mention crack in your records to be considered “street”. its all for street cred. rappers think its “kool” when they are on the news headlines for gettin pulled over for gun possesion or drug possesions. more reason to rap about their socalled drug life.

  • Algorithm

    HoodNiccah Says:
    November 6th, 2006 at 5:53 pm
    Some Rappers That really sold coke/crack

    50 cent
    Game
    Jeezy
    Clispe
    Jay-z
    T.I
    Rick Ross

    How do you know? Ya boyz and dem tell you?

  • Algorithm

    hitsquad representive Says:
    November 7th, 2006 at 10:23 am
    fuk everybody that talk shit about jeezy “THE REALEST NIGGA IN IT YA ALREADY KNOW”

    Oh my goodness…do you really think anyone cares that you (Hitsquad R.) like Jeezy, and tell us to “fuk..”? You REALLY wasted your time on the internet today. And I am willing to put my bank account on the fact that it probably took you a good 30 minutes to type that little inbreed-esque comment after reading such an insightful article. Not to mention you had to look at the keyboard while typing with your two index fingers, which is probably why you forgot to properly punctuate. Shouldn’t you be out representing something, Hitsquad? Time is money, but then again, I wouldn’t expect you to be much of a hustler with that sub-par level of communication. And I am really sorry if I just bagged on a 4th grader.

    I really agree with a lot of the readers comments on the article, and enjoy the differences of opinions. But it’s really hard to read some of your comments with all the missing punctuations and grammatical errors. I am not asking anyone to be perfect about it (that includes myself), but do yourself a favor, since some of you haven’t put one period or comma in some of your misspelled paragraphs; try to read it all in one breath straight through and see if it makes sense (remember, you cannot pause between the words, because there is no symbol included that tells you to do so). Come on people, how is your opinion supposed to be expressed when you cannot communicate? Big-ups to my people with some sense. I am now going to go rest, and try to regain the brain cells I lost while trying to de-code some of your ramblings!

  • http://hollyhoodcentral.blogspot.com/ BrightLights

    but pushin weight heavy in the streets like they claim..hell no! if that was the case then they wouldnt even be thinkin about becomin a rapper

    I disagree with that. None of these kingpins or “figures” that you mentioned, came out of the wound selling drugs. That’s something they chose to do. That’s something they were made into. None of them came out of their moms birth canal holding a Ki.

    There are honest jobs out there, but these “figures” you speak of chose not to go that route. On top of that, a lot of them are in the music industry. Perfect legal way to cover up their illegal activities. They wouldn’t think about becoming a CEO of a label.

  • two up two down VA!!!!!!!

    da clipse stories of selling coke
    {not soda} is true they are legends out here in the seven cites

    VA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mista Klean

    “There are honest jobs out there, but these “figures” you speak of chose not to go that route. On top of that, a lot of them are in the music industry. Perfect legal way to cover up their illegal activities. They wouldn’t think about becoming a CEO of a label.”

    thats true and all..but be realistic about it. a drug lord thats true to his tactics will not do a rap song(s) boasting about his enterprise. im stickin to the subject at hand. u ever notice kingpins playing the background? u hardly ever see them or hear anything from them. his word is transfered to his right hand man to his accomplice to the other guy and soforth. that is not a cover up; a crime boss or heavy drug drug pusher to make rap albums discussing their trafficking is unrealistic. remember im talkin about these rappers who claim these things, not CEO’s or anybody of that nature..

  • http://hollyhoodcentral.blogspot.com/ BrightLights

    remember im talkin about these rappers who claim these things

    A lot of the drug reference in rap is very general. It doesn’t mean they are directly talking about them (that would be stupid), even though they could be. So they speak about it in general terms, or find a creative way to tell a story about it. Even the movies that are based on true stories, change the facts, names, places ect…even add some fiction in it.

  • NOT Black Rob

    HA!

    he didn’t even show on this one, atlest i don’t think

  • Yae Nyche

    Yeah alot of these young mainstream rappin niggaz is false but u gotta believe some of these niggaz was really on they grind.I believe guys like Jeezy,Messy Marv,Cam,Baby(jus to name a few) really sold the work but these young niggaz like Weezy,Juelz shit young Joc they need to let that shit go cuz real street niggaz respect the money but can also tell jus by your bullshit numbers that u aint really doin things and real talk real niggaz clownin u player

  • Bukwil’

    diz article iz tru…crack rap iz off da chain. if ya dun lyk it ya dunno wut ya missin. it all tru. Biggie been there n he did sling drugz. he wuz a huslta. i cant sayin da rest of da rappaz iz rappin da tru. but i noe da biggie n Dipset dey noe wut dey talkin bout in dey rhyme’z

  • ace

    reakwon got a picture just like that dipset cant rap iv heard four year olds speak better

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  • http://www.yahoo.com chris

    I think 80 percent of rap is fake cmon lets take Fat Joe for instance he never use to rap about cocaine now he’s living the crack life cmon we don’t believe u,u need more people.. Crack is not nothing to be proud of these rappers is doing is motivating these listeners to sell it…shit, i wanted to sell it because it seems like u make money faster by pushing it but i didnt even noe what a Kilo was.. that’s why I respect Kanye and Lupe,Common,and Talib because they don’t need all of that to make a hit..
    CRACK RAP IS WACK

  • jones

    honestly all u people sit here and pop mad sh*t and as i read through here u make me laugh. how can u sit here and say what rapper did what? can you prove it?…ur only judging them of the fact weather u like them as an artist or no…its sort of like when mase was hot everyone was feelin mase…now that he turned a preacher hes fake and he never did nothin…cmon b…and for the record if u dont have a criminal record of sellin drugs it doesnt mean that u never did it…it shows how much u kno about it lol…and yo this music sh*t is a hustle and if thas what they gotta do to eat than thas what they do..any of yall would do the same in their position…im not gonna sit here and critize them..they represent us…the ones that are out here doin what we gotta do to get by..stop hatin!!!

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  • jdub

    this is way i download everything off the internet dont even buy the bootleg i stay in atlanta grew up in miami all i know is bass music but all i hear now is bullsh*t dope boy music lames whom belive these sucker rapper support the artist and they keep makeing the same trash when really i belive 80% of people who still buy cds buy em for the lil inserts and to hear the producers beat cause the substance is gone the skill is gone the truth is gone its all gone lil wayne been with baby since he was what 9 hell he know bout dope on the real in big lbs.? oh yea and he kissed that ni69a baby but i bet 7-10 of yall still got the last cd man on the real i cant wait till music center move from atlanta and go to houston or something let z-ro shine let srewed up click get down go to no play lil boosie let webbie get jiggy its real artist out there with real skills who aint rapping bout bullshit but these weak ass mc keep pumping weak shit cause weak niggas follow and run to the store to get that weak shit

  • JMK

    ^^^”these rappers is doing is motivating these listeners”

    not all of em
    jay said it in dead presidents I:
    “I’m here to tell niggaz it ain’t all swell
    It’s heaven n there’s hell
    One day your cruisin’ in ya seven
    Next day you’re sweatin’, forgetin’ your lies
    Alibis ain’t matchin’ up, bullshit catchin’ up
    Hit with the rico, they repo your vehicle
    Everything was all good just a week ago…
    i forgive you… hustling just ain’t u”

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  • djezdck

    just more proof of how the black man is twisted, just like jay says dont respect who got shot, respect the shooter, all we’ve been are followers, and if you try to lead they think your a know it all, or think your better, thats why we’ll always be stuck in the same fucked up position, its cool to be the dummy, and not be able to elevate our mindz past giving a sac for $10 bill, lets step it up people, think about it, we think were on top of the world cuz we got dope money, when in reality every rock you sell is destroying another kings soul, how long will we be so stupid that we cant see whats going on even when its put infront of our faces, we as a people and as men are terrible and we should look at your son and lil brothers and see what they have to look up to and represent them, you cant keep saying not to be like me, that shit is old, step it up and lets stop bein suckas, yadderda?

  • InTeLLeCtPreVailz503

    people overlook artist who probaly really was out there doin it like jeezy or rick ross . It aint that hard to tell the real from the fakes and if u out there doin it ,u know what i mean. i think doods need to stop rappin bout the drug game like its here in the present if they been out since the 80′s, i mean, i dont know bout in other cities but you cant be no kingpin off coke here in P.O , yadamean? it’s bout 2 be 2007 ,its new shit out now, doods like jayz and bustarhymes need to leave those crack tells in the 80′s where they belong.

  • Mahdi

    I hate this whole Trap or Die mentality we have here in the South. Drug dealing doesn’t make you a hero in the eyes of true hip-hop fans. Hip Hop was supposed to be an alternative to drugs and the trouble living in the ghetto. But apparently, this isn’t the case anymore. If you sell coke and rap about it, you’re considered a legit star. Crack Music needs to go. We need a hip-hop revolution.

  • Stax On Deck

    TRAP OR DIE MUTHAFUCKA. You can thank that nigga Jeezy 4 That.

  • Illiss

    Rappers have always been narrators. That’s what they do, tell the tales of the niggas in the streets that are livin’ the shit, and are too gangsta to spend their time and energy to acquire the skill of music production.

    Understand that shit, it takes a focused, skillful, RESPONSIBLE nigga to be in the studio creating a commercially successful album.

    That’s why when these rapper-gangsta’s catch cases, it’s almost always small-time shit like drug charges, gun charges, possession, parole violation, etc. But NEVER crimes relating to the serious shit they claim they are actually about.

    You think you gon’ find Jay-Z or Lil Wayne, or Game on the news for murdering somebody? Please

  • that boy dizz

    TRAP OR DIE 12-12

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  • big tony

    who gives a damn about who started the coke rap trend? yall killing me with all of this taking hip hop seriously. pleeeeze. dope dealers are the worst pieces of sh_t in america. destroying neighborhoods and making life miserable for black folks who live there. i wish anybody moving dope would rot in the worse hell possible. i hope you all die in the damn streets like dogs. you’re bringing down blacks and latinos in the worse way.

    and i dont want to hear that nonsense that you’re just trying to feed your family…thats bullshit. you’re selling death to your own people because you’re too lazy to work for all of that fly shit honestly. thank God that these dope dealers will mostly end up dead or in jail.

  • ina

    soon lil punk ass kids like bow wow ,gonna tell us how they slanged shit on da streets.dis is som bull shit!

  • ERNIE

    THESE LYING BASTARDS TALKING BOUT SELLING KEYS OVERSEAS,THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY RAPPING.THESE LABELS WILL SELL ANYTHING TO MAKE A DOLLAR.THESE FAKE GANGSTA RAPPERS AIN’T NOTHING BUT HOES.

  • wytemike

    the government probably sponsored the production of scarface just to make kids start dealing. The CIA makes the money off bringing the shit in. Then the fbi takes it back and gives you a prison bid. either way the goverments profits

  • du

    yeah 90 percent of rap might be fiction – but so is 90 percent of other music, that isnt the issue –
    even though jeezy couldn’t sell albums if it wasnt for crack, the fact is that he is – which means people like it – which means whether you think jeezy is a hoe or not doesn’t really matter, he’s making money, money he wasn’t gona make if it wasn’t for crack – its sad, but hes dealin musical crack and everybody buying it

  • ungangsta

    Man fo’ shizzo aint u peepel gon’ talk propleh?

    Can’t you people talk properly?

  • N8tivePride

    honestly i like some rap music weather they are truthful or not. but lets face it do the math an average regular joe “slangin rock on the block” makes less than minimum wage when you add legal fees, overhead costs, theft, pesonal consumption of product…. dealing drugs is not glamorous. the kingpins that live the high life do it in third world countris and that can’t be fun. the people who make any real money selling drugs in the U.S. are not out buying hundred-thousand dollar yachts. that would be stupid. a good way to get caught, after all drug money paychecks don’t withhold fica and medicare.

  • http://myspace.com/jabriel Jabriel

    All yall mafuckaz all wet n complainin ova um fooz u don’t even KNO!? Fun, but dig THIS: ALL yall southern mafuckin famous-ass…. In tha BAY, ur fames ONLY comin from bein TREAL, not some MTV ass, and don’t EVN say SHIT about E-40wata, cuzz THAT nigga got respect B4 rap, check his resume. U want sum REAL niggaz that’s Classic? Ye? MAC DRE, n almos ALL his crew. RBL posse. 2pac was fake, too. Git OVER it!

  • Kwest

    How dare you fucks do an article like this and not mention Raekwon!

  • Jay

    u motha fuckas are dumb..well some of u..

    how u gonna go n say that a rappers fake… now i agree that half the rappers out there probably twist storys .. i bet half of them sold coke but not as much as they make it seem 2 be or crack or w.e. and the girls they bag are probably real bitchs love men who are in control and leaders and especially fame so they probably get it ina snap…

    AND TO THE FAGGOTS WHO WONDER Y THEY WOULD BE RAPPIN IF THEY MADE MILLIONS OFF CRACK… they do it cause rapping is legal money no jail risk required and u dont get killed.. if i had the choice of rap music for life or drug dealin while watchin out for cops, jackers, killers, robbers.. my moneys on rap

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  • heavybarz

    As a Person tyring to get in to the rap game,if not that at least be respected locally, I have to say there is a lot pressure from the rap music industry.When I say pressure, I mean the pressure to be like some ones else or follow/imitate the styles and trends put on by other rappers.
    When a lot of the hardcore rappers now a days saturate their lyrics with shit bout selling drugs and how many mofuckas they have mercked, makes one get the idea that there is only demand in the industry for songs with references of drugs or violence in them.
    I dont think I am wrong to say that most of the mainstream is dominated by the so called “crack rap” and is less diverse as compared to how it was before in the early 90′s. Back then, the content of rap music had much more of a variety to;from sociall conscious shit to gansta rap shit.
    But today it seems like socially coscious cats linger in teh underground(except for a couple like common sense) while gangsta rap and cocaine rap dominates.
    So has making rap mainstream dumbed it down?Are aspiring MC’s forced to layer their raps with fabricated tales of drug dealing n crack selling. From what I have seen….yes.And from what I have seen many a times,this is also because the larger audience whom rap caters to tend to be white people.Not trying to be racist, but I hope you kno what Im getting at.Peace!

  • Thuggish Individual

    Is it me, sitting here in the depths of my solitude, located in the southern most tip of Africa, and reading such unbelievable drivel as churned out by Americans of different creeds…Yes it is me…Although I have never visited America, It always shocks me to realise how your contemporary american, irrespective of race, cannot so much as construct a meaningful trail of systematic and systemic logic from the head to the keyboard…Nontheless, having said that, one still shows love for our fellow brethren grappling with the issues that continue to face our respective societies…the world over.

    It is indeed laudable, that forums exist where one can voice their opinions about the inconsistencies that the use of abusive narcotics unleashes on people. Being from Lesotho, we are only starting to deal with these issues now, and that is only because we came into the coke game a tad too late…we were traditionally a weed nation, and to a larger extent still are…The use of narcotics among the youth gained widespread support when people like me started using them and influencing others negatively…We slinged not because we had to but because we could and because it would just add to my drinking money…while on vac. After Vac, you pick up your shit and head back to varsity and continue to get your engineering degree…That is reason. The road to slingin is often paved with good intentions…but unfortunately only leads to hell.Trust me. Lock and Load the thought.

    Thuggish, ruggish…rough, rugged and raw!

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    i think 50 is one of the few rap niggas that really sold it cause he got locked up for it when he was in high school

  • pablo

    ok you guys are fucking loser’s every single one of you i mean i push pounds of coke across the south. you aint no nussin bout that game nigga’s

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    ‘Little Brother are revered by many simply because they eschew crack narratives.’

    Nice article, this is the only truly stupid statement I could find.