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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


“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… expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


…and fall of expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.

Vanilla Ice.


By the end of the 90s, something happened… expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


This guy
This guy expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


Not the first white rapper but the most prominent
Not the first white rapper, but the most prominent . . . expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


The hip hop ethos
The Hip Hop Ethos expression” is part of the white rapper 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 expression” is part of the white rapper 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 expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


Gained fame after winning the expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.“Blaze Battle” 2000


Articulates the r at the end of words
Articulates the /r/ at the end of words* expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.

*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… expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.

“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
expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.Eyedea and other white rappers typically articulate /r/ sounds.


Always expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.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 “ expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.Nigga”


Black expression” is part of the white rapper ethos., 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. expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


Implications
IMPLICATIONS expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.

  • 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...?


Top White Rappers for 2012 expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.

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… expression” is part of the white rapper ethos.


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