So there is a new white rapper named Asher Roth, and though I think he is amazingly talented and that yall should download his free mix tape (www.asherrothmusic.com, that is not why I am writing this blog entry. He is raising all sorts of metaphysical and stereotype questions about the genre and some people are saying that he will revolutionize what we know as rap today. Roth talks prolifically about his suburban upbringing and college years, which place him in the whitest of the white categories. He is amazing though, and he has begun to gain spotlight with praise from rappers like Akon and Ludacris. He does have one song that he wrote in his early years, A millie, which is a parody of Lil Wayne's hit.
He talks about how he should be helping people with his millions, not blowing it on chains and other useless crap. Along with this track, he has several others full of political import, but the most controversial for me is this one, the lounge.
He asks questions like "what does a rapper look like?" but you really need to just listen to the song to get the gist of the song. So with this acceptance by classical rap artists of a very white man, what will happen next. Is it the ability to rap that makes a rapper a rapper, or is it the content as well? Does he need to be gangsta or can he just rhyme about college and the things that white suburban kids experience? He has the talent, could he be the gap for white and black cultures to converge? Many Afro-American scholars and activists have blamed rap and the way the rappers are treated as role models as one of the main problems with black family life. Could this change rap to be rhymes about anything, even reform or education?
Also interesting was this quote off of his wikki page: . "Hip-hop has always been very influential in the ‘burbs, [but] it’s just a matter of where we could relate to it. You find a lot of kids that are really confused. You look at them and they’re dressed out of character. They don’t look right. I figured out, I don’t have to dress this way, but you can still love hip-hop." Is this like a double consciousness for suburban white kids?
Also check out this video...its has interesting import as well.