Inquiring Minds

Why Do Rappers Always Go Onstage So Late?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Fat Tony, K-Rino and Kyle Hubbard

Not Invited: Devin the Dude*, who leads the league in "Showed Up To His Concert Six Hours Late."

*Actually, he was invited. We emailed him for a response last week. We anticipate he'll return the message in about four weeks.

This Week's Prompt: Out of all of the things that people email us to ask rappers about, punctuality seems to rank pretty high. So, what say you, sirs and ma'ams? Why, when we buy a ticket to a rap show that says it's going to start at 8 p.m., do we get there at 8 p.m. and then feel like a complete ass for doing so?

Is that part of the Rapper Creed, to always try and be three hours cooler than everyone else? Or are there legitimate reasons why shows run late that fans are unaware of (collecting fees, technical issues, orphans trapped in house fires that you have to help)?

Paul Wall: Everybody is different, but for me, first, I'm not going on stage until we get paid. That's due to years of shady promoters screwing me over, being cheap and not paying.

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Shea Serrano