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, TroubleSum, E.S.G., Brad Gilmore, Kyle Hubbard, Preemo, RoderickVonn, Kiotti, Zavey, D-Risha, more.
Not Invited: Shonuff, the shogun of Harlem.
This Week's Prompted: The video for Nicki Minaj's "Stupid Hoe" broke Vevo's Single Day Viewing record (4.8 million). It was directed by Hype Williams. Is that his best video ever?
Bun B: Nope.
Rap Round Table: "Big Pimpin'"?
Bun B: Now you're talking.
TroubleSum: Not at all.
Mac: That is not the best video ever. I can't say what my favorite is, but one of my favorites is "My Block" by Scarface, but Hype ain't do that. [laughs] Nah, but "Dangerous" by Busta Rhymes, with the Coming to America theme, and "Rain" by Missy -it was just different, unique.
E.S.G.: Hell nah. [laughs]
Brad Gilmore: Not even close. I know to most people Nicki's hind parts are nice to look at, but a Hype video called "Stupid Hoe" doesn't sound like "greatest of all time." Like, "All of the Lights" was super dope. "Big Pimpin'"? Amazing. "Stupid Hoe"? Nope.
O.N.E.: After long deliberation... no, it's not.
Preemo: Probably not, but that's a matter of opinion. Hype is responsible for some of the most iconic music videos in hip-hop and R&B though.
RoderickVonn: No, but that big ol' gelatinous ass* makes you hit the replay but. But I like the song overall.
*Nicki's, not Hype's, presumably.
Kyle Hubbard: Wow, that's what a record video looks like, eh? It's probably Hype Williams' most seizure inducing video, certainly not his best.
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Zavey: Spike Lee would have done better.
D-Risha: No. I would say my favorite video of his is "Big Pimpin'" just because it captured that great era/moment in time.
hasHBrown: Not even close.
Kiotti: It's a crazy video, Hype's way of saying, "I'm still the man." Very dope video. Horrible song to waste it on.