Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Bun B, Kyle Hubbard, Fat Tony, Renzo, Brad Gilmore
Not Invited: 2010, which is so last year.
This Week's Prompt: DMX just got sentenced to yet another year in prison. This, as I'm sure you're aware of, ain't exactly a new storyline. So the question: What other 2010 storylines are you tired of hearing about?
Bun B: Wikileaks.
Rocks Off: Funny.
Kyle Hubbard: Man, there are honestly quite a few. I don't want to see "Dr.Dre" and "Detox" in the same sentence until the words "officially released" are included in it. Shit has been about to drop for too long of a time now. And yes, I heard "Kush," but I won't believe it until the disc is spinning in my CD player (what's an iPod?).
I want both sides of the political fence to stop talking about Sarah Palin. Those who hold her on a pedestal are ignorant and should be embarrassed they let her rise to such a prominent position, and the ones who tarnish her need to shut their mouths because it only adds to her aura. Just stop any and all mention of Sarah Palin, all the way.
Kanye had a great album this year, but not the best album, let's be real.
But the No. 1 [story] that has to stop is legitimate rap Web sites and blogs covering when rappers beef on Twitter; it's not even real beef. I mean, it's on fucking Twitter.
RO: Pffft. What kind of lame blog would write about someone's Twitter feed???
Renzo: Tired of hearing about Sarah Palin. Period.
Brad Gilmore: Well, there are two people that really stick out to me, and that I am tired of hearing about.
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First, I am definitely tired of all rappers - not just DMX - going to prison. Like T.I. for example, how stupid do you have to be to get out of prison after 366 days, and in less than a month you go straight back. The first time Tip went in, we all know he had some odd number of automatic weapons in his car, so getting busted for that is understandable.
But, why would you do something to yet again risk your public image (or at least what's left of it), and your career over something as minuscule as marijuana. If I just got out of prison, I would be a model citizen, you wouldn't catch me even jay walking. So to do something that puts me at risk of getting caught is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. But don't get me wrong, big T.I. fan [laughs].
Another person who got to me this year is Lil Wayne. Out of 12 months, Wayne went to prison for seven of them, was free for five of them, released two mediocre albums over a seven-month span, and released his first single for Tha Carter IV three weeks after his release. Really to me, Wayne is a storyline I'm tired of hearing about. He has had a steady decline in my book since he released Tha Carter III.
The market became over saturated with Weezy. I used to be excited when I saw a Wayne feature on someone's song, or he had a leaked record. But, he quickly became annoying, and he rhymes weren't as solid as they had been in the past. Rebirth and I Am Not a Human Being are just not good albums. They aren't critically acclaimed, no one is really just talking about them, and they just simply aren't hot.