Tagged posts…

So just for the hell of it, I decided to browse through all the posts tagged with “revision” (my rap/DJ name). I wasn’t really expecting to find anything about me personally, but it still would’ve been a nice little ego boost (hey, I’m just being honest. haha). It turns out that most of the posts were from students, mainly high schoolers(?), complaining about school and all the revisions their teachers made them do. Go figure…

"I f**kin’ hate rappers!"

I was choppin’ it up with the homie tonight about music, hip hop, the industry, etc. and the quote that stuck out for me was when he repeatedly said, “I f**kin’ hate rappers, man.” LMAO!! It was said semi-jokingly, yet you could tell there was lots of truth behind the statement, which was also rooted in personal experiences of frustration, despair and a lot of SMH moments.

To give some background, he’s a producer who works with rappers and singers but who’s also networking and building connects with studios and industry folks, so he sees a lot of things that go on behind the scenes. I was crackin’ up when he talked about a lot of the young cats who think beats with soul and emotion are wack, yet they’ll go bananas over a simple ass beat with a heavy kick drum, a couple finger snaps and some rolling snares. Or how a lot of rappers will throw hissy fits like, “Man…I don’t want to work on this right now. Let’s get faded first.” (I remember when I used to think that the only way for me to be creative was to get faded too. Thankfully I’m way past that though!). He wasn’t just referring to younger or “mainstream” type of rappers either. As he put it, “conscious rappers are just as bad sometimes” because they always want to separate themselves or think that they’re better. Or “they’re just as easy to please when it comes to beats. All you gotta do is put a Soul sample in your song and they’re set.” haha.

As a rapper, I wasn’t the least bit offended by everything that was said tonight. Not because I think I’m above all that stuff, but because I know it’s true. Whether you label it “conscious/underground” or “mainstream”, rappers are something else. There are varying levels of egotistical mindsets, but we all think everything revolves around us. In essence, we’ve got it the easiest b/c we just need to write and record while other people (typically) have to make the beats while others mix and master the final product. And even the most humble MC has some kind of ego too. I consider myself to be a really humble dude compared to a lot of other rappers, but I’d be lying if I denied any having any kind of ego. Think about it…when we perform we expect everyone to look at us and listen intently because we’re just that important (sarcasm).

In addition to hearing an outsider’s perspective on rappers, it was definitely an inspiring night that has the potential to grow into something bigger. It’s all on me to follow through with it though…