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Ask a Rapper: Devin The Dude

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 [email protected].

This Week's Rapper: Devin The Dude

This Week's Subject(s): Rappers and fellatio; are enotourages free?; the enduring appeal of Scarface

Ask a Rapper: Rappers make it seem like they could get a BJ while boo-booin'; in fact, you said that exact thing on "Hope I Don't Get Sick A Dis." So what's the word?

Devin The Dude: Some girls just get really excited when it comes to specific rappers, R&B singers, musicians, even well-known poets can get them to blow it. While performing on stage there's a certain energy that everyone's a part of. The women are screaming madly and almost seem to be a bit moist.

After the show, it seems as though the whole thing was an act. They mostly freeze up and get to the subject of music or certain songs of yours that they love listening to. And if she do break ya' off - give you a sexual favor - you gotta ask yourself, "I wonder what artist was here last week?" For the most part, when [rappers] rap about 'getting some head' it's wishful thinking. And oh how I wish for some good head!

AAR: We like that you felt you had to clarify what "break ya off" meant. We must come across as terribly uncool. Do rappers have to pay for an entourage? We tried to convince a few of our acquaintances to be hangers-on for free, but they weren't feeling it.

DTD: Yes. In one way or the other you or the main act has to pay for a large party of people. There may be a few people that's willing and able to pay their own expenses. There may be a couple that refuse to accept money from the main act, the "I can hold my own" type persona or it can be the "You've done enough already" type attitude.

But nine times out of ten there is food, extra hotel rooms - the promoter doesn't reserve rooms and pay for the entire crew - party favors of the posse's preference, at the club bottle-poppin', liquor and drinks at the afterparty, taxis, room service, and last but devastatingly not least, HOTEL INCIDENTALS! The more you travel, the less you'll spend - while learning the hard way - and even your entourage will learn to cut costs.

AAR: We wrote about this briefly once, but it'd be nice to get a proper opinion on the matter: What's the deal with Scarface? Why does seemingly every rapper love that movie? In fairness, we've never heard you mention it.

DTD: Rappers and the movie Scarface go hand in hand. It's a very familiar story: the streets, the struggle, the hustle, the poverty, the drugs, the guns, the pride in your race, the drive to make absolutely everything you thought you wanted from a tangled outlook on the way of life.

Thinking the world owes you instead of you not owing the world is the mind state of some. Getting in the game at the southside of the bottom and climbing straight to the top while fighting unselfishness maybe the mind-state of others.

For the rest, it's just a good ass movie to watch. Back then, and still today, there's a shortage of onscreen heroes for minorities. You can't actually become Superman, Spiderman, Aquaman, by no means Captain America. And you would become suspect if you would wanna be Robin! But with some connects, clients, couple of guns, big nuts, and a homeboy, you can damn near become (in the hood) Tony Montana.

I like it cause I'm from Florida and that's where it took place. Oh, and the scene where [Tony's sister] is walkin' with her tits out, holding the gun, crying, and heartbroken. Didn't know whether to feel sorry for her, or... you know...

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