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): Killa Cal-Wayne
This Week's Subject: The subjectivity of gangsterdom.
Ask A Rapper: You are, arguably, the moat ferocious gangster rapper in Houston. As such, you seem highly qualified to answer this: First, who are the four most legitimate gangster rappers of all time?
Killa Cal-Wayne: Tupac, but understand why I said it. 'Pac was not considered a d-boy or killer, but being gangsta to me is bigger than that. He was gangsta' in other ways.
He stood for and said what niggas was scared to say, and was the best at relating the message of the international ghetto story and the have-nots. He was the Malcolm X of our generation. And his mama was a Black Panther. That's Gangsta.
Soulja Slim because he was the poster child to the New Orleans post-Katrina Murder Capital culture and his street credibility and resume reflected the same*.
*This, FYI, is an absolutely brilliant observation.
Lil Boosie. I guess it's self-explanatory why I chose him. Free Boosie, by the way.
Fat Pat because he brought that South side Houston culture to the forefront and his life was a true reflection of his music.
AAR: Who are the four least legitimate gangster rappers of all-time?
KCW: No comments. It's too many to name. You know they 'gon say I'm starting trouble because I'm from Cuney Homes. But if you see me in person, I may drop you a few names [laughs].
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