Ask a Rapper: Guerilla Foco Clan on Why We Should All Get Over the White-Rapper Thing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper(s): Guerilla Foco Clan This Week's Subject: White Rappers
AAR: Do you all find it easier to earn respect as white rappers because it's not that uncommon anymore? Or is it more difficult because, since there are so many more white rappers, there are also so many more sucky white rappers? Guerilla Foco Clan: As white rappers, we are automatically judged from the second we mention that fact to someone to the second that they press stop on our CD. But honestly, once the music starts playing it's all about whether or not our shit is hot or not. If the music is good, then what does it matter? I don't think it makes it any more or less difficult; if your music sucks then that's that.
AAR: Was there, like, this big victory yell among white rappers when Eminem was named the best rapper alive by Vibe - kinda like when O.J. was found innocent, except the opposite?
GFC: I have my own opinion, and could really care less about what Vibe has to say. Sure, it's good for Eminem, and I'll be honest, before him the Beastie Boys were hip-hop's only decent white rappers, so it was nice to hear that someone with some intense lyrical talent was being acknowledged for what they've done. Other than that, for me personally, I was pretty neutral on the whole topic. But for other white rappers, it may have made more of an impact.
AAR: I suspect when asked about it, a lot of white rappers will play the "it's all about the music, not the color of your skin" card, but doesn't that seem irresponsible? Race and hip-hop will be linked forever. To ignore it, or to at least pretend like it doesn't exist, just doesn't seem right. GFC: I always play that card because I typically don't give it a second thought. It is what it is and the music is what we should be judged by. Sure, race and hip-hop will always be linked forever, but to focus on that sole aspect of the music is ignorant. There's a difference between acknowledging that fact and leaving it alone and acknowledging that fact and then being persistent upon making it an "issue" within hip-hop. You can exchange money for music with Guerilla Foco Clan here. Do it, because they are very, very good.
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