Rap Round Table: Are Rappers Musicians Or Performers?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Bun B, Cory Mo, Slim Thug, E.S.G., Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, hasHBrown, B L A C K I E, Renzo, #Thurogod, CB Kings, Brad Gilmore, Young Sensation, Zavey, more.

Not Invited: Mozart

This Week's Prompt: A common discussion among music dorks: Are rappers musicians or performers*? The prompt, then: a) Do you play an instrument; and b) Do you know how to read music?

*The answer seems clear (musicians), but whatever. Music dorks argue about everything.

CB Kings: BC is the musician of the group. he plays guitar, keys, bass and reads music.

B L A C K I E: I played nearly all the instruments on my new album, GEN

Chane: A. Yes, electric guitar. B. No.

Yung Truth: No to both.

Renzo: I can play "Hot Cross Buns" on any instrument known to man.

D-Risha: A. I played the snare drum in my middle school. B. I used to know how to read music [laughs].

Nosaprise: I play a couple instruments; guitar and keys mainly in Screwtape [a rock band]. I can read music for both. I also play drums like a caveman.

#Thurogod: I know a little piano. Very little. And no, I cannot read music.

Medicine Girl: Neither. I refused piano and guitar lessons and tricked my choir professor.


hasHBrown: A. The piano. B. Yes.

Chingo Bling: A. Little bit of keys. B. Little bit of music theory.

Mac: I can't read music but I can play piano by ear.

Preemo: Does banging on tables count as playing an instrument? And unfortunately I cannot read music.

Zavey: Can't play an instrument but if there is a hole in the blunt I hold it like a flute. And yes, I can read music.

Brad Gilmore: Both. I play a little piano and I am classically trained in reading vocal music.

Jack Freeman: A. Partially. B. No.

Chuckway: Yeah. Percussion.

Slim Thug: Nope.

Bun B: No and no.

Cory Mo: I play keyboards and a little guitar. Can't read it for nothing. [laughs].

E.S.G.: No. [laughs].

Scooby: A. Yes. B. Hell nah.

Doughbeezy: No to both.

Young Sensation: A. I used to play the electric guitar. I need to sharpen up on that. B. A little bit; haven't read any in a while.

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