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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like we always do at this time.
The Ask A Rapper column has existed for a couple of years now. It serves a couple of different purposes. At times, it is a semi-anthropological examination of hip-hop culture, at others it exists solely as a vessel for penis jokes. Whatever the ends, it's generally a positively received weekly post.
The ten best from 2011.
Here's the one where a Bastard talked about the best examples of non-Houston songs that used samples from Houston rap songs. It came out very well, mostly because Cole, who very much looks like he spends a fair amount of time cutting families up into tiny pieces and stuffing them into the trunk of his car, is extra knowledgeable and insightful.
Here's the one where Renzo tried his best to make sure that small white women never ever listened to his music. He has been a contributor to lots of rap discussions at Rocks Off, and is almost always fun (if not funny). Here, he dismissed Kreayshawn by saying, "she reminds me of that chick who is always getting her boyfriend beat up. Her mouth is running a thousand miles an hour and when somebody tells her to close her face up, she starts going on and on about how her boyfriend ain't gon take that shit."
Here's the one where a priveleged high school white kid talked about how he became a very successful rap concert promoter.
Here's the one where Bun B revealed that he has, at times in the past, hung out with a Sheik. He's always been very kind with his time, participating in more than his share of discussions for the Houston Press. He's always smart and always insightful, and we will never pass up an opportunity to say something nice about him.
Here's the one where iLL LiaD opened up about the drug addiction that pushed him away from rap for some time.
Here's the one where Chane ripped everyone's hearts out with his exceptionally emotional video about his deceased father. Out of all of the interviews we did in 2011, this is the one that inspired people to email us the most. Crazy, crazy, crazy.
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Here's the one where people got mad at people that were mad at Ashley Judd for saying that rap culture had a very distinct rape culture.
Here's the one where producer Chris Rockaway managed to talk about anal sex and The Flintstones in the same interview. If you're not doing so already, follow him on Twitter (@rockawayprod). It is equally entertaining. Be sure to ask him about Crotch Kitten, a reoccuring character on his timeline.
Here's the one where Airborne assigned comic book alter egos to Houston rappers. This is our favorite Ask A Rapper column of the year. He did such a great job; very thorough. Bookmark it and read it when you can. It's extra entertaining.
Here's the one where A.D.D. talked at length about video games. This was another of our favorites. It's always fun to talk to rappers about things they are passionate about that aren't rapping. Did you know rappers are just regular ol' humans, because they totally are.