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: Renzo
This Week's Subject(s): Lots of times, readers email us questions for this segment. Mostly, we ignore them. Today, we're lobbing several of them at Renzo. Topics include Kreayshawn, J. Cole, famous DJs and more. Send any hate his way to @Renzeeo.
Ask A Rapper: Who is more frustrating, Mac Miller or Kreayshawn?
Renzo: Kreayshown is frustrating because she reminds me of that chick who is always getting her boyfriend beat up. Her mouth is running a thousand miles an hour and when somebody tells her to close her face up, she starts going on and on about how her boyfriend ain't gon take that shit. Long story short, boyfriend doesn't know when he comes out the restroom that he's going to be transformed (Chris Brown reference. Renzo Copyright).
Or the chick who always think she got raped because she got hit with the "I gotta pick up my cousin" line after she give it up on the first date. I like the fact that she's out here representing for the ghetto white women in these streets, but she's definitely a one-nighter and not a lifer. Mac Miller seems like a cool dude.
(Note: Again, we'd like to reiterate: @Renzeeo.)
AAR: Will Big K.R.I.T.'s debut album be better than J. Cole's?
R: Out of all the rappers that came out in the last five years, he's the ONLY one that has the earnestness that I can relate to. It might be because I'm a fan of Pimp C, it might be because I like the fact that the best song he did has Devin on it. Who knows?
I wasn't a fan of his latest project due to repetitive topics, but he did have some jammers on there. He's a lot more creative than people give him credit for and I don't think he's hit his peak yet. With all that said, hell yeah.
AAR: Black Star is going to release a new album. Is this the best thing to happen to hip-hop this year?
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R: It will prove how full of shit people are. They are going to come together and make great music, do a tour, and all the people who are screaming "Bring hip hop back" aren't going to support it enough to make an impact.
AAR: Remember Watch the Throne? What happened to all the fuss surrounding it?
R: Watch the Throne was a rich people's mixtape. It made a huge impact on the other artists in the game. Watch how many producers copy the "Let the sample roll without putting a bass line on it" technique. I also think people will get back to letting beats play out like R&B songs. Watch that throne. Maybe one more single too.
AAR: Will we need a calendar or a watch when guessing how long it'll be before TI ends back up in jail?
R: I don't think TI is going back to jail. Tiny probably thought it was cute the first time, but this second time makes him look dumb as hell. Grand Hustle takeover with Killer Mike, Young Dro, TI, 8 Ball and MJG, and B.O.B. for 2012.
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AAR: Who is the second most important DJ in Houston's hip-hop history? (This is our favorite question of the bunch, by the way.)
R: Oh that's easy: Michael '5000' Watts. He was the one person that brought Houston to the point that it is right now. Everybody is begging for Houston to come back and not thanking the person who brought on a global level in the first place.
People can argue about what happened with Lil Keke and Big Moe, but it was nothing compared to what Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and Slim Thug did. The fucked up part about it is that people are still mad at him because he "stole" DJ Screw's style. He didn't steal the touring ideas he put together to take people from Houston to all the rest of the states left in the nation.
There's not one artist on a Swishahouse CD that sounds like anyone in the S.U.C. camp. He's a really forward thinking DJ, even though I ain't feelin the dubstep, and should be appreciated a little more. Why do you think Lil Keke moved around. The other DJ is the Kingpin GODJ Hi-C for creating the DJ mafia. Ha, ha I'm just serious.