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.
This Week's Rapper(s): Dirty and Nasty
This Week's Prompt: You guys have a new EP that just came out. It's called Fool's Gold. So can you guys list six rappers who people thought were going to be great but ended up sucking big-time?
Diggy Simmons: When "Made You Look" the freestyle video came out, he had the Internet going nuts (as Paul Wall is wont to say). People remembered nostalgically how Diggy was always in the shadow of his brother on the Run's House reality show and that he was finally getting his well-deserved shine. Then "Copy, Paste" came out and, well, that was the fizzle point.
Bubba Sparxxx: The preface to Yelawolf, who is very hot right now, on his second shot at stardom. When "Ugly" came out it was dope. Then he came out with a second hit, "Ms. New Booty." Even doper. And then... just when a white guy from the South that was not Houstonian or doing rap-rock was coming up, he faded into the ether. Sad, sad case.
Caushun: The first openly-gay rapper signed to an undisclosed label. People thought that he was going to change the face of hip-hop as being one that was ready to accept homosexuality amongst its ranks. Then, it was revealed that he was an actor and a prankster who, with the help of a friend, plotted the entire character. That popped the proverbial bubble of change.
Mike Jones: I know it's an easy target but, "Still Tippin," "Back Then," "Cuttin'," "Day 2 Day Grindin, Addictive Freestyle," "1st Round Draft Picks"; all classics he was a part of. Mike was always bubbling under the surface waiting to blow. Everybody and they mama thought Mike was going to hold the crown for the H for a long time, but now Mike Jones is synonymous with monumental sucking (as evidenced by the Houston Press 25 most important Houston albums article).
It's sad that somebody with such marketing savvy and a penchant for stumbling into catchy hooks could put out so many bricks. Even though it was his song that put Houston back on the map, he most definitely didn't live up to the self-created hype. Where is Magno now-and-days?
AZ: AZ has always been fool's gold for me. Being a big fan of Nas, I was always partial to AZ; he was like Nas Lite. But all of his releases have never quite measured up to the verse on Illmatic that made him famous. AZ was always good for a feature but 16 songs of the Visualiza couldn't ever hold water. It just always sounded like AZ was rambling to me, trying to sound like Nas instead of putting some actual content and creativity in his works.
Freeway/Cassidy: They are kinda one in the same to me. Two sides of the same Philly coin. Both got a whole lotta famous off of that 30-minute battle they did. Both were pretty awesome Philly style freestylers (think Sly Stone's Rocky with a mike).
Both were supposed to be next up and fizzled out. Freeway had some good guest appearances, but his Roc-a-Fella cosign quickly wore off and Cassidy was a battle rapper who got stuck trying to go the LL route and make love songs. Not a good look. Freeway just didn't have enough versatility, and Cassidy was too all over the place.