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Hip-Hop Artists = WWE

wrestlingI subscribe to MTV’s RSS feed – mainly to find stories of undertalented, overhyped artists to laugh about.

Lately, though, I’ve found an interesting pattern: it seems that hip-hop stars are using MTV as a sounding board against their rivals. And MTV obliges every time. Take, for instance, the following headlines from the last 30 days:

  • “Jay-Z Talks About Glastonbury Triumph, Amy Winehouse’s Dis Of Kanye West”
  • “Is 50 Cent Dissing T.I. On G-Unit’s ‘You So Tough’? ‘It’s Absolutely For The Public To Decide,’ MC Says”
  • “50 Cent Says ‘I Don’t View Young Buck As My Enemy,’ Claims He’s Not Going To War With Former G-Unit Member”
  • “Young Jeezy Puts On For T.I., Nas, Swizz Beatz At Vibe Party” (I have no idea what this means, but it sounds bad.)
  • “Bow Wow’s Just Teasing Omarion In ‘Lookin’ Boy,’ But He’s Serious About Soulja Boy Tell’em Collabo”
  • “GZA Disses 50 Cent In New ‘Paper Plate’ Track, Implies G-Unit’s Music Is ‘Disposable'”
  • “50 Cent Sues Taco Bell” (This one’s not really a good example; just a funny headline. I mean, who sues Taco Bell?)
  • “Trick Daddy Denies Beef With Rick Ross, Says He’s Not Responsible For Prison-Guard Rumors”

Doesn’t that sound like a bunch of WWE wrestlers threatening each other, creating hype for their next match? Given that I treat hip-hop with the same respect that I do professional wrestling, I shouldn’t be surprised. But it all does seem a bit…childish.

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Peter Lee

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  1. It’s funny that you would use the word ‘childish’ to describe this behavior. I’ve been listening to a guy named Eef Barzelay a lot lately (actually had the opportunity to have a beer with him a couple of nights ago here in San Francisco) who used to be in this band called Clem Snide, and the very first track of his on his first solo album, ‘The Ballad of Bitter Honey’, is this rather sad (but very beautiful) song narrated in first person from the perspective of a hip-hop groupie (or hip-hop video extra or something like that) and one of the lines of the song says, “And they all think I’m stupid, I can see it in their eyes / But I know what’s inside their hearts / I penetrate their lies / Sometimes it gets me crazy, but I keep my feelings hid / ‘cuz I know deep inside they’re only frightened little kids”

    You can listen to this song on the June 2 post of my blog, and to a few tracks of his latest record on my June 22 post. Cheers!

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