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: Mr. 16
This Week's Subject(s): Lil B gives away I'm Gay; the apparently hateable Big Sean; Watch the Throne; Amber Rose's accidental porno debut; Q-Tip vs. Michael Rapaport
Ask A Rapper: There were a few things that people emailed about as possible AAR topics, so we're going to throw all of them at you. And we're going to play Smart Move, Dumb Move. We'd explain the rules of Smart Move, Dumb Move, but that would invariably be a dumb move. So figure it out, we suppose.
Lil B gave his much-discussed new album, I'm Gay, away for free via Twitter. Smart move or dumb move?
Mr. 16: Dumb Move, in my opinion, for the title name of the album, but it did generate a lot of buzz; that's probably the kind of attention he was looking for. Also, giving the album away for free on Twitter, I am guessing he just wants his fans to here his music and is not worried about the profit.
Big Sean, who has become a lightning rod for criticism and disdain, continues to make music. Smart move or dumb move? (Also, why do people hate him so much? Far as we can tell, he seems an okay guy.)
Mr. 16: Smart Move. I don't think you can ever have enough music out. It's always going to be different people wanting to hear new music.I do not know why people were hating on Big Sean. I think he is one of the best new artists coming out right now.
From what I saw, he just worked hard and turned his dreams into reality and I can relate to that because I am too trying to accomplish my dreams. He also was humble and down to earth when I met him at the Wiz and Trae Videoshoot in Austin
Watch the Throne, the Jay-Z/Kanye album, is supposed to be released in August. We believe them. Smart move or dumb move?
Mr. 16: Smart move. I think it is possible for them to come out with a album. It also would be a great way for them to make a great amount of money, so I see no reason they would not do it .
More pictures of Amber Rose popped up on the Internet, this time with her masturbating herself. She says that they weren't supposed to leak. Let's pretend that they were. Smart move or dumb move?
Mr. 16: Smart move. I think the whole male population and over half of the female wanted to see those pictures and I'm glad I seen them but shhhh! Dont tell me mom, and if she is reading this, I'm sorry, mom [laughs].
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Q-Tip and Michael Rapaport are in the beginnings of a feud regarding the A Tribe Called Quest documentary that they made. Question: Agreeing to film a documentary with the guy that played Remy in Higher Learning: Smart move or dumb move?
Mr. 16: Dumb move. I think Q-Tip just wanted to be able to tell his own story without any extra help from anyone but there was not any need for the feud.