Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Bun B, Cory Mo, Slim Thug, E.S.G., Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, hasHBrown, B L A C K I E, Renzo, #Thurogod, CB Kings, Brad Gilmore, Young Sensation, Zavey, more.
Not Invited: Mozart
This Week's Prompt: A common discussion among music dorks: Are rappers musicians or performers*? The prompt, then: a) Do you play an instrument; and b) Do you know how to read music?
*The answer seems clear (musicians), but whatever. Music dorks argue about everything.
CB Kings: BC is the musician of the group. he plays guitar, keys, bass and reads music.
B L A C K I E: I played nearly all the instruments on my new album, GEN
Chane: A. Yes, electric guitar. B. No.
Yung Truth: No to both.
Renzo: I can play "Hot Cross Buns" on any instrument known to man.
D-Risha: A. I played the snare drum in my middle school. B. I used to know how to read music [laughs].
Nosaprise: I play a couple instruments; guitar and keys mainly in Screwtape [a rock band]. I can read music for both. I also play drums like a caveman.
#Thurogod: I know a little piano. Very little. And no, I cannot read music.
Medicine Girl: Neither. I refused piano and guitar lessons and tricked my choir professor.
hasHBrown: A. The piano. B. Yes.
Chingo Bling: A. Little bit of keys. B. Little bit of music theory.
Mac: I can't read music but I can play piano by ear.
Preemo: Does banging on tables count as playing an instrument? And unfortunately I cannot read music.
Zavey: Can't play an instrument but if there is a hole in the blunt I hold it like a flute. And yes, I can read music.
Brad Gilmore: Both. I play a little piano and I am classically trained in reading vocal music.
Jack Freeman: A. Partially. B. No.
Chuckway: Yeah. Percussion.
Slim Thug: Nope.
Bun B: No and no.
Cory Mo: I play keyboards and a little guitar. Can't read it for nothing. [laughs].
E.S.G.: No. [laughs].
Scooby: A. Yes. B. Hell nah.
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Doughbeezy: No to both.
Young Sensation: A. I used to play the electric guitar. I need to sharpen up on that. B. A little bit; haven't read any in a while.