Ask a Rapper: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. Has Some Internet Questions For Us
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.
Normally, this column comes together very organically. We'll search out a rapper that may have a particular area of expertise, then hit them with a few questions and go from there. This time, however, was the first instance in which a rapper emailed us with the specific intent of participating in the Ask A Rapper segment. He even had a subject all worked out that he wanted to discuss.
This Week's Rapper: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.
This Week's Subject: The rapper's symbiotic relationship with technology
Ask A Rapper: If you're looking at big picture-type stuff, rap and technology have sort of grown hand in hand since their fruition. Rappers nowadays almost have to be able to manipulate various networking sites and blogs to get themselves planted in the firmament. Has this had a negative or positive impact on the quality of music? Has it affected it at all?
AAR: Almost paralleling the rise of the cutesy hipster rapper has been the decline of the gangsta rapper species. Is the success of the former related to the decline of the other? From the outside, it really looks like that's the case. I mean, look at this. Now look at this. One of those pictures was taken before Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and all that other tomfoolery, the other after. I'll let you guess which was which.
HF: There's two reasons for the fall of the gangsta species. a) Most of them just plain got old. Think about it. If you're 17-18 during 1988-1992, you're now well into your late 30's, early 40's. Not too much time to be nickel-and-diming and appreciating Gangsta Rap. It's time to retire that [laughs].
HF: No No No. I assure you that will always happen [laughs]. Tthe very illegal and always inconvenient self-selling of CD's - regular and chopped and screwed - is not dying down. You know why? Because you can't beat face-to-face transactions, and everyone isn't computer-savvy as they would have you to believe. Real gangstas don't surf the net! Pshhh. Get outta here.
AAR: Fundamentally, this has been the year of the Internet rapper. And as horrible as XXL can be most of the time, they ask a pretty lucid question in their latest issue: Does Internet fame count? So, Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., who's spread his name outside of Houston mostly via the Internet, who's been featured on this site alone a time or two, who's actually conducting this inerview via email, does it?
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