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Act white wit da mic: the language of white rappers in mainstream rap. By Eric Dinsmore 5/7/13 ENGL 604 DR. FIELD.

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Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

Act white wit da mic: the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

By

Eric Dinsmore

5/7/13

ENGL 604

DR. FIELD


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

“All these white kids wanna be black now. All these white boys – baseball caps, fuckin’ pants saggin’. The scary part is, they’re really in tune now, really holdin’ 40s. They’re playin’ a game they don’t understand.” -Erick Sermon, EpMd


So what is the rap game and how did that game change to allow more whites to play

Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks. This “form of expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.

So what is the rap game and how did that game change to allow more whites to play?


The rise

The Rise…


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

…and fall of

Vanilla Ice.


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

By the end of the 90s, something happened…


This guy

This guy


Not the first white rapper but the most prominent

Not the first white rapper, but the most prominent . . .


The hip hop ethos

The Hip Hop Ethos

  • Black Epistemology (Olson and Shobe)

  • What we talk about when we talk about “keepin’ it real.”

  • Rhythmic AAVE


The white hip hop ethos

The White Hip Hop Ethos

  • Black Social Class Epistemology

  • What we talk about when we talk

    about whites “keepin’ it real.”

  • Dropping AAVE


The case of eyedea

The Case of Eyedea


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

Gained fame after winning the “Blaze Battle” 2000


Articulates the r at the end of words

Articulates the /r/ at the end of words*

*Cecelia Cutler,

“You Shouldn’t Be Rappin’, You Should Be Skateboardin’ the X-Games”


While a typical lyric may look and sound like this

While a typical lyric may look (and sound) like this…

“You'll neva, eva, brave the weatha, I'm too cleva”

-Afu Ra, “Big Acts, Little Acts” (2000)


Eyedea and other white rappers typically articulate r sounds

…Eyedea and other white rappers typically articulate /r/ sounds.


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

Always spittin’ my lines, thinkin’ that he’s freshe[rr], Spittin’ Eyedea lines the only way you’ll ever sell a reco[rr]d.


Use of code words black replaces nigga

Use of Code Words: “Black” replaces “Nigga”


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

Black, that’s how it goes. Pull up a stool, I’m the teache[rr],I’m about to wea[r] your bitch ass like sneake[rr]s.


The obsession of marking race black or white

The Obsession of marking race, black or white.


Implications

IMPLICATIONS

  • The post-Eminem era as a rite of passage

  • Cutler: White as “other” and the notion of double consciousness

  • Whiteness less an impediment, arguably a benefit...?


Act white wit da mic the language of white rappers in mainstream rap

Top White Rappers for 2012

Macklemore

Yelawolf

Eminem

Kreayshawn

MGK

Mac Miller

Riff Raff

Beastie Boys

Asher Roth

Lady Soverign


And the beat goes on

And the beat goes on…


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