[video] The Last Rapper vs The Hipsters

Philly’s own BIG CITY intensifies his campaign against the Hipster Movement, this time superimposing the faces of rap’s corniest on the character’s out of The Last Dragon. Can’t ignore the fact that Hamilton has fueled Hipster haters for the next three years, LMAO! Expect the ax to drop on poor Charlie from the label before the month is out.

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[video] Steve Rifkind scolds Asher Roth, Goodfellas Style…LMAO

Yo, this is a hilarious spoof of the infamous gaffe by not only Asher Roth but also the historic, monumental gaffe made by Steve Rifkind when he declared Roth’s album amongst the “Top 5” ever! Blasphemous, how dare this dude be allowed to get away with such a marketing ploy all the while shitting on the legends in this thing of ours. I appreciated Hip Hop more when it was run like a secret society or La Costra Nostra, atleast the gatekeepers were a lot more militant about who they let in and if there were any indiscretionary mishaps they would send the Hammers out. We need to get back to that and tighten up these loose ships.

White People in Rap: A History


via New York

These are heady times for white people in rap: This month has seen both the return of Eminem, the greatest white rapper of all time, and the debut of Asher Roth, the most commercially viable white rapper since Eminem. But that doesn’t mean hip-hop has gone post-racial in the ten years since Em broke out — just as always, the points of intersection between white people and rap music have been a head-swirling mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. And it’s all here, in Vulture’s Condensed History of White People in Rap.

1981: Blondie releases “Rapture,” a pop song featuring one rap-style verse, in which Debbie Harry makes references to Fab Five Freddy, eating cars, and execution-style murder. It is one of the first hit songs to incorporate elements of hip-hop.

1983: The Beastie Boys, a trio of downtown hard-core kids, have an underground hit with sort-of-rap song “Cooky Puss,” a prank call to Carvel set to a hip-hop beat.

1984: Rick Rubin, then a student at NYU, meets Russell Simmons, then a fledgling artist manager, and the two create the hip-hop label Def Jam. They initially run the operations out ofRubin’s dorm room. Continue reading



Apparently the ongoing feud between XXL’s Bol and Nahright’s Eskay over his reluctance to respond to Asher Roth tweeting that he was hanging out at Rutger University with ‘Nappy Headed Hoes’ has forced this editorial from Eskay, explaning his actions and feelings towards Roth.


As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the other day on Twitter white rapper Asher Roth made a “nappy headed hoes” comment/joke while at Rutgers University for a performance. The shit quickly hit the fan, and the tweet and a subsequent apology tweet were promptly deleted.

Now there’s all this back and forth bullshit about whether or not the kid is racist and should be lynched  for a tasteless joke. I think any rational person would conclude that the kid isn’t a racist, and anybody who labels his comments as ‘racist’ is either a moron, or is looking for a reason to start controversy.

It seems pretty obvious to me that the comment was meant to be a funny reference to the fact that dude was at Rutgers, the epicenter of the 2007 Don Imus controversy. So then the question becomes, what was the nature of the joke? Was Asher jokingly implying that he was going to Rutgers to hang out with the predominantly African-American women’s basketball team, or was he taking a swipe at Imus and his comments?

Now, if it was the former, and even if it was intended as a joke, that could be a problem. We can throw around the term ‘post-racial’ until we’re blue in the face, but for the foreseeable future, it will remain an empty phrase. The fact is, if a white kid from the burbs decides he’s going to utter those 3 infamous words, he’d better be damn sure that whatever he’s saying isn’t goin to be the least bit offensive and can’t be taken out of context. Obviously, that wasn’t the case here.

On the other hand, what if Asher was taking a shot at Don Imus? I understand that that’s what he claimed in one of the subsequent apology tweets, and I’m inclined to believe it, because really, what other fucking reason would  a white boy have to say something like that? And now if that’s the case, how can anybody be mad at a shot at Don Imus?

I’ll tell you how. Continue reading

[Op-Ed] Asher Roth, Race & the Politics of Whiteness


via Allhiphop

“Then I heard dogs yelping, yowling, barking through this landscape, looking for my ancestors, looking for my grandfather, my grandmother, looking for me. I heard the men breathing, heard their boots, heard the click of the gun, the rifle: looking for me. And there was no cover.”

—Baldwin, James. Just Above My Head. New York: Dell Publishing, 1979, p. 386.

“The fact many people argue… that these triumphs show us to be ‘moving past’ race, is in fact part of the proof that we’re not; that, like the passenger who sees the train next to him moving and thinks that he is, we, also, are actually sitting still.”

—Allen, Harry (Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin). “The Unbearable Whiteness of Emceeing: What the Eminence of Eminem says about Race.” The Source, February 2003.

For anyone under the impression that Hip-Hop is a racial melting pot, think again. For those who argued, in the wake of Obama’s presidency, that the younger generation has significantly altered the nation’s racial consciousness, think again. For those successful Black entertainers, who lent credence to the concept of a “post-racial” reality, think again. [On second thought: screw yourselves.] And for those submitted to the illusion that, in the Rap community, color-lines are blurred, cultural differences: erased, and racial tensions: negated, Asher Roth has just proved you wrong.

Two days after the release of his debut album, the White, Jewish rapper found himself embroiled in a controversy, for comments made before a scheduled performance at Rutgers’ University.

On his Twitter page, he wrote: “Been a day of rest and relaxation, sorry twitter – hanging out with nappy headed hoes.” Yup! You read it right: “nappy headed hoes.” The same choice of words that catapulted shock-jock Don Imus to the center of controversy two years ago.

Most would recall the horrendously defamatory remarks Imus made about Rutgers University’s female basketball team—one with a predominant African-American line-up. Imus launched his tirade by describing them as “rough girls,” but, in true ‘bad boy’ fashion, had to press further to pinch the right nerves: “That’s some nappy headed hoes. I’m gonna tell you that now, man, that’s some—whew. And the girls from Tennessee, they all look cute, you know, so, like—kinda like—I don’t know.” Those words sufficed in stinging the souls of millions (mission accomplished), and Imus himself knew, that this time, he had gone too far. Continue reading

3rd Bass Rapper Pete Nice Working On “White Negro” Documentary


via XXL

Good timing. Prime Minister Pete Nice of late 80s/early 90s Def Jam outfit 3rd Bass with rhyme partner MC Serch recently spilled the beans to XXLMag.com that he is working on a documentary about white artists performing in the black music business.pete-nice-news1

Nice told XXL that the project, which he labeled a work in progress, is a “documentary on the back history and background on white MCs and whites performing in the black music genre.”

“The title is The White Negro, based on the Norman Mailer essay back in the day,” he added. “Obviously it’s a controversial subject but something that hasn’t been addressed at all.”

Although they haven’t stared to do any interviews for the film yet, Chris Meyers, one of the producers for the Farrelly Brothers (Dumb & Dumber) flicks, is “really interested.”

Nice couldn’t have picked a better time to work on his film. Eminem is prepping the release of his long awaited comeback album Relapse on May 19 and suburban sensation Asher Roth drops his highly anticipated debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle this Monday (April 20). Continue reading

UNDRCRWN X Asher Roth Summer ’09 Tees

via Street Level

Philly-based clothing brand UNDRCRWN got with Asher Roth, rap’s greatest, whitest hope since he who shall remain nameless to do three new tees inspired by his hit “I Love College” and appropriately, the movie Animal House. If your college experience is/was all about the bras and brews you need these tees in your life. The release coincides with the release of Roth’s debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, on April 20th and will be available at the UNDRCRWN online store.


Preview of Mos Def’s new UNDRCRWN clothing line

via Woooha
Mos Def x UNDRCRWN. Mos Def has partnered up with street wear label UNDRCRWN for the release of his new clothing line designed in conjunction with UNDRCRWN creative director Dustin Canalin. The collection is inspired by the Dead Prez album “Revolutionary But Gangsta” and drops on the UNDRCRWN site this Wednesday. There will be fourteen pieces total in the collection. Check out a preview of the rest of Mos Def’s collection after the jump.

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[video] Roc-a-Fella Funk Flex Freestyle Pt.7-KICK IN THE DOOR

Damn, who would’ve ever thought that the Death of a Dynasty would leave such a looming vacuum in Hip Hop? The ROC was on their A-Game in ’01 before Nas came through and crushed their building, but those days are behind us and we need a crew of this caliber back in the booth, for the sake of the craft. Not to take a shot at Nahright, but I pulled this clip and right above it was this doo-doo freestyle from Asher Roth and Kid Cudi, two of the supposed Freshman of ’09…according to XXL. If this is what the game got to offer in the New Year, then Hip Hop is headed back to the cemetery.

XXL Presents the Freshman Class of ’09

Source: SmartenUpNas

Now, I don’t want to sh*t on nobody’s movement, but based on this list of upcoming “rappers” I don’t feel any of them can carry the torch of Hip Hop into ’09. I mean think about it, next year will be one of the most pivotal years in our world’s history, and we gonna need some good music to make it through tough times. With Kanye singing, and Lil Wayne on his rock star sh*t who the f*ck can we rely upon to spit that nitro? The veterans got new albums coming out but a new world beckons the need for a new voice.  Who will emerge from the fray and steal the day?