Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rap [Names] is Outta Control

For years I've witnessed a steady, steep decline in the level of respect rappers have for Hiphop culture and tradition.

The very first item on the lengthy list of Hiphop no-nos is biting, and how in 2008 it is not only acceptable but also encouraged. It's seemingly no big deal when one rapper openly steals from another's material, or, even worse, when a rapper employs a ghost writer to pen said rapper's lyrics.

The fact that all of this is out in the open and the unabashed offenders continue on their paths to success is a virtual smack in my face as well as the collective face of people who uphold true and original Hiphop tradition, especially in music.

But after biting, somewhere down on that list of Hiphop no-nos, is another of my pet peeves -- unfortunate stage names for rappers.

See, I understand a lot of names are already spoken for. Really, I do. But has creativity died so far that people can't take the time to give some serious thought to the rap moniker they are about to adopt for what they hope will be a lengthy career in entertainment? It's to the point of absolute hilarious desperation now.

Some examples include, but damn sure are not limited to:
  1. Shawty Lo
  2. Yo Gotti
  3. Red Cafe
  4. Gucci Mane
  5. Anybody with the name "Yung," but especially Yung Joc (for obvious reasons)
  6. Honorable Mention: Blood Raw

now a new rapper with a new and improved stretch for a name emerges on the scene with a big time co-sign from none other than Compton superstar rapper The Game. And I'm a big Game fan, so I'm glad he's trying to bring up young talent and give them some shine. But wait. What's that? Is that his name? That can't be. Nipsey Hu$$le?

Alas, my eyes didn't fail me. This new rapper's name is indeed Nipsey Hu$$le. But if he's down with proud gangbanging Blood member The Game I'm guessing that unlike Nipsey Russell -- who I am praying is the inspiration behind this name as opposed to some other obscure reference -- there is nothing funny going on. Other than that I can't think of any reason why he would name himself this madness. I really am confused.

I mean, even some of my favorite rappers have strange names, but this takes the cake. A close second is rapper Donny Goines, who, I'm guessing by his name, wants us to believe he's a ghetto story teller like the novelist Donald Goines(?). However, judging from his latest single, I'm doubting that bit of speculation.

Here's the kicker, though. Most if not all of the "artists" with funny names listed above have had great success in the music business (individually and/or through an affiliation), mostly with mundane and inane songs that became hits on the top charts.

If anybody reading this knows what these names signify please leave a comment and let me know.

Anyway, to show this brother it is only his professional name and not he who I am hating on, here is his new song featuring The Game. If you like it you should buy his product when you come across it.

Nipsey Hu$$le: They Roll Featuring The Game

Nipsey Hu$$le: Bullets Ain't Got No Name Vol. 1


Anonymous said...

Well I don't know about anyone else but I can speak for myself.

Donny is my first name (Legally, spelled just like that) and when I decided to take rap seriously I knew I needed a stage name. Being the type of person I am I don't like nicknames nor really fake shit so I wanted to incorparate my first name into my stage name. Other surnames such as Brasco, Gotti, etc. just seemed fake and being that I'm a great writer once my man suggested it I thought it fit me perfectly. I don't immualate Donald Goines, but I am simlar to him in some ways and there you homie.

Much love.

Lesly said...

Dont forget about this one:

Rapper Numskull Charged With 12 Felonies
June 9th, 2008 | Author: Slava Kuperstein

Authorities in California have charged rapper Numskull with a laundry list of felony counts.

Varying sources have the exact number of felony counts ranging from 12 to 15, but the story is the same: the rapper has been in custody since January 24th of this year, facing charges including two counts of sodomy, one count of rape of a victim incapable of consent, one count of oral copulation against the victim’s will and three counts of corporal injury to a cohabitant.

According to, Numskull face a minimum of 25 to life if convicted, and would be required to register as a sex offender in state of California.

The rapper gained popularity as one half of the duo The Luinz with their hit song "I Got 5 On It."

Numskull is going on trail June 18th, with bail is currently set at $245,000.