Rap Round Table: Are Rappers Musicians Or Performers?

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Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

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This Week's Panel: Bun B, Cory Mo, Slim Thug, E.S.G., Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, hasHBrown, B L A C K I E, Renzo, #Thurogod, CB Kings, Brad Gilmore, Young Sensation, Zavey, more.

Not Invited: Mozart

This Week's Prompt: A common discussion among music dorks: Are rappers musicians or performers*? The prompt, then: a) Do you play an instrument; and b) Do you know how to read music?

*The answer seems clear (musicians), but whatever. Music dorks argue about everything.


CB Kings: BC is the musician of the group. he plays guitar, keys, bass and reads music.


B L A C K I E: I played nearly all the instruments on my new album, GEN


Chane: A. Yes, electric guitar. B. No.


Yung Truth: No to both.


Renzo: I can play "Hot Cross Buns" on any instrument known to man.


D-Risha: A. I played the snare drum in my middle school. B. I used to know how to read music [laughs].


Nosaprise: I play a couple instruments; guitar and keys mainly in Screwtape [a rock band]. I can read music for both. I also play drums like a caveman.


#Thurogod: I know a little piano. Very little. And no, I cannot read music.


Medicine Girl: Neither. I refused piano and guitar lessons and tricked my choir professor.

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