Which Words Are Rappers Tired Of Rappers Using?
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: OG Ron C, Mac, Preemo, O.N.E., Kiotti, Brad Gilmore, YS, Medicine Girl, Kyle Hubbard, Eskabel, Zavey, D-Risha, RoderickVonn
Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray
Not Invited: Jacoby Jones
This Week's Prompt: Jay-Z nearly stopped the Internet when he fake-stopped using the word "bitch." If you could, which word would you eliminate from rap?
OG Ron C: I would erase "nigga."
Bun B: "Real," because it's overused.
Mac: "Swag." It has become a mask or a mode that rappers put on. An act.
O.N.E.: I would remove the word "real"; the most misused word in hip-hop.
Kiotti: Probably "real." Everyone has their own definition. I just don't accept most rappers definition. There should be pictures, or a How To manual. Self-perception can be a person's worst enemy.
Brad Gilmore: The word "cracker," for obvious reasons. Also, "honky," "whitey," "wigger"; I think y'all get the picture. Bling, bling. Swag.
YS: Swag. I hate that word. I wanna punch people in the face who use it.
Medicine Girl: "Swag" needs to be totally eliminated, in part because it's too close to "shwag," which I don't smoke.
Kyle Hubbard: Though its use seems to have been on a steady decline for years, I feel like we should commit to the full elimination of the word "crunk." I always feel like something awful is sure to follow anytime I hear it.
Eskabel: All profanity. Room of Color doesn't have one.
D-Risha: I would eliminate "swag." It's the most overused pile of bull rap has ever seen that keeps being brought back from the dead to be used over and over again.
RoderickVonn: None. I'm all for freedom of speech. I couldn't eliminate anything.