Normally I feel a little queasy in my tummy when famous non-rappers try to rap famous rap songs (e.g. Gwyneth Paltrow). But Sandra Bullock was so endearing and funny and decent in her attempt to rap Sugerhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” on the UK’s “Jonathan Ross Show” that I didn’t even feel a tinge of my usual secondhand embarrassment. Take notes, Gwynnie. [Huffington Post]
Nicole Richie loves rap, but she wants rappers to rap about things she cares about. For her new occasional AOL video series “Candidly Nicole,” Richie visited rapper/producer Ebone Hoodrich, who is tasked with helping her create a rap so she can “get her street cred back” (which is a thing she never had, and is therefore impossible to lose). What does Nicole Richie — street name Nikki Rich — rap about? What are the central tenets of her life? Well, bangs, gluten-free spaghetti, and complaining about her plantar fasciitis. So yeah, basically she’s just like you and me. [E! Online]
Back in 1988, the members of the University of Southern California chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity put together a promotional rap video to attract new members to their fraternity’s ranks. The vid, set to a funky original track, includes a multi-part rap about colors (!) and a lot of pretty awesome dancing. We’re particularly fervent fans of Ricky Z., the suspender-ed, long-haired main rapper who explains that “people say that I’m slow/why/’cause I’m high, but they don’t know.” Plus, we’re really digging the cameo from a really, really archaic old computer terminal. Basically, I’ve watched this video about 10 times now, and I’m hoping to memorize the rap so they’ll let me rush their frat. I think I have a good chance of getting in; my sweatshirt game is pretty tight. [Weird Dude Energy]
You know, sometimes in life you’re going to be faced with difficult choices. Where to go to college, whether to quit your job, what to eat for dinner, whether it’s worth divorcing your husband to go to a Waka Flocka Flame show. If you are anything like Diane D. of Florida (pictured with WFF), this isn’t a very labored decision at all. Obviously, you leave your husband for Waka.
A few months ago, Diane wanted to go see Waka Flocka, but her hubby wasn’t having it. He disapproved of rap music and attempted to dissuade her from going by telling her she would be out of place amongst a largely African-American audience. That was when the 53-year-old woman, who actually writes a blog about hip hop, realized that her husband just didn’t get her.
As she wrote in her blog: Keep reading »
Perhaps you’ve never noticed before, but news anchor Brian Williams really does have a certain tenor and cadence to his voice that’s just made for rap music. Just watch this clip “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” put together of BriWi rapping Warren G’s classic song, “Regulate.” All that’s missing is Nate Dogg (RIP). And check out another vid of BriWi doing Snoop’s “Nothin’ But A G Thang” after the jump… Keep reading »
Even Talib Kweli is, like, damn, that’s a cold-ass honky …
Appearing this week on Vlad TV (aka “the TMZ of hip hop”), the Brooklyn-born rapper was asked about white privilege in hip hop. Specifically, how being Caucasian can help some artists, like Mac Miller, make it to #1 on the charts. Kweli gave he honest (and true) assessment:
“I agree with that. This country is still based on racism. That will never change unless we tear it down and start over. White privilege is a real thing. And especially white male privilege. I have male privilege as a black male. But I don’t have white male privilege.” Keep reading »