When Does Rapper Diva Syndrome Become Understandable?
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Bunz
This Week's Subject(s): The aforementioned RDS
Ask A Rapper: Eminem reportedly made some concert folk hire a bus to drive him 40 feet because he didn't want to get his shoes dirty; the show was outside and it was raining. Is this the most gangster thing you've ever heard of a rapper doing?
Bunz [laughs]: That is pretty gangsta. That boy Em is a fool. I really can't say what's the most gangsta shit I heard a rapper do. There's a few incidents that I've heard of. I think I'm a have to go with Gucci Man or Pitbull stealing off [punching] on them fans that got on stage. [laughs] That's some shit I would've done.
AAR: Is it more gangster than when 50 Cent kept right on rapping five seconds after he got attacked on stage in Brazil by a fan? I think both of those were pretty G moves.
B: I think they were both gangsta in their own ways, feel me? Like, 50 continuing to rap after some shit like that happened is gangsta on some street shit. And Eminem not wanting to get his shoes dirty so he hires a bus to take him 40 feet, that's some gangsta but also playa shit. I fuckin' hate getting my shoes dirty [laughs].
AAR [laughs]: At what point in your rap career are you able to do these types of things? Like, how many records do you have to sell before you can reasonably say things like, "Yo, I need you to have a bowl full of grapes with all of the skin peeled off in my dressing room. Oh, and those grapes need to be orange. Yeah, mother fucker, orange grapes!" and people are like, "I got you"?
B: Man, I'm really not that type of person to be demanding shit. As long as they got my bread it's all good. But I would think you would have to go platinum more then one time. Multiple platinum albums gives you some Shit Talking And Demanding space.
But I think that is just in some people's personalities. But I cant lie, if I was Lil Wayne or Eminem I would be like, "Have me 8 oz. of drank, two 2-liters of sprite, a bag of ice and a zip of master kush." Fuck the peeled grapes [laughs]:
AAR: What is the most outrageous thing you've ever asked for?
B: To be honest, I've never asked for anything from anybody but respect..
AAR: Oooh, how many records do you have to sell before you can wear a scarf and not have people snicker at you?
B: How many records you sell doesn't make it right for you to wear certain shit. I don't see anything wrong with scarves - when its cold [laughs]. Just don't try to be this street gangsta with all these tattoos and try to sell drugs then turn around and sport a scarf in the summer time. That's weak. Play your roll.
If you're the type of person who wears scarves and colorful belts with skinny jeans, do ya thing, that's you. Just know that that's what you are, same for these so-called gangstas out here. Be you. And just for the record, selling drugs and having tattoos doesn't mean you're a gangsta. I was just using it for an example.