Filed under: Not Your Average,Shots Fired,The Unkut Opinion
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Gossip and rumor have always been a big part of the hip-hop game, but what was once confined to dumb rumors such as ‘Does Big Daddy Kane have AIDS’ has now become a cottage industry to itself. Every morning I have to trawl through a seemingly endless stream of emails announcing ‘Lil’ Wayne Is Pregnant To An Alien’ and ‘Diddy Sez He Didn’t Spill Egg Salad In Rick Ross‘ Beard’. I guess that kind of bullshit it to be expected from rap teenybopper gossip sites (the internets answer to Word Up! magazine?) but that mentality seems to have infected the majority of rap blogs as well. The 24-hour news cycle demands a high turn-over of content, but we really need to draw the line somewhere. Say word Drake copped a new pair of jeans?
A large portion of the blame has to go to rappers and their douchebag publicists though, because if they weren’t producing these email blasts and shitty clips then we wouldn’t be having this discussion. It seems that many artists are subscribing to the ‘more is more’ theory, fearing that if they don’t release a freestyle or clip of them talking about some dumb shit every few days that the world will forget they exist. Respect due to Raekwon for making himself relevant again, but why is there a video of him talking about Nas not being on his last album? Also if rap dudes could please refrain from making web videos involving them shopping for gear, the heterosexual community would be eternally grateful.
That’s not to say that all rap rumors are a waste of time. The never-ending search for the Ghey Rapper is a constant source of amusement (because there’s only one undercover fudge out there, obviously), as are any reports of Remy Ma hiding a hacksaw in her snatch to cut the bars at Rikers. But if the rest of you could please restrict your reporting to possible rap snitches, failed chain snatching incidents and rappers getting snuffed by wed carriers, the world would be a whole less bitch-made. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to Google image search my Top 5 Rapper Hair Styles…
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