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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Ramo
This Week's Subject(s): The quixotic dynamic of perceived freshness
Ask A Rapper: First of all, Ramo, are you aware that your name is but one letter away from "Rambo"? Perhaps we could persuade you to add that "B" in there? We're almost certain you'd be crazy famous if you did that.
Ramo: Adding a "B" in there, huh? [laughs] Well, I appreciate that idea, but I feel like 'Ramo" was branded to me at a young age in the rap game.
I feel like I owe it to my longtime fans to remain the same person, even as my success gradually elevates towards mainstream.
AAR: You have a song called "So Fresh." Let's go ahead and discuss that. Have you ever been kicked out of a place for being so fresh? Like, maybe you were at KFC trying to order some snacker sandwiches and the manager approached you and asked you to leave because your freshness was such a contradiction to the fried foodthings they serve?
R [laughs]: Nah, nothing's ever happened to me like that before, but I'm sure if that scenario was ever to play out I would prolly just laugh then tweet about it.
AAR: Have you approached Subway about a possible fresh-related sponsorship deal?
R: No I haven't, but honestly, that idea has crossed my mind on a few occasions.
AAR: Would you possibly consider making a follow up to "So Fresh" called "So Fresh Prince"? It could be one of those D-Town boogie tracks that have an excellent dance to go along with it.
R: D-Town? I thought this was H-Town last time I checked. [laughs] Well, I currently have a song called "Your Very Own Swagg" in the works. It's basically a type of track everyone just incorporates their own type of swag to it.
AAR: Has anyone ever made a song called "I'm Only Moderately Fresh" or "I'm of An Average Amount of Freshness"? You should give that a try. We mean, everyone goes the braggart route. Maybe it's time to go with a little honest humility?
R: If there are any songs out there with those titles, I have never heard of them. And as far as the bragging route, I really never been the bragging type. But to answer your question, I would prolly feel like I still have a lot to prove to my fans and own city before I can even voice in that tone. But then again thats if i was the "bragging type."
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AAR: Lastly, rank these Houston rappers in order from greatest to least amount of freshness:
- Bun B
- Slim Thug
- Devin the Dude
- Fat Tony
- Lil Flip
- Hollywood FLOSS
R: Z-Ro, Trae, Bun B, Scarface, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude, Lil Flip, Preemo, Hollywood FLOSS and Fat Tony.