Hip-Hop's Great White Wonders
But that's the point, Hip-Hop Nation. Whereas rap was once the province of brothers living in the Bronx, the color line is now erased. Hip-hop did what America still cannot do: become color-blind. If you can rhyme, you belong. Period. It's probably the best thing about the music - although it doesn't make up for the misogyny, obsession with material wealth, and gratuitous violent references. Hip-hop has truly become a rainbow coalition. The rest of us better learn a lesson. For reals.
So here you go: Hip-Hop's Great White Wonders.
The Beasties made the world safe for white dudes who rap and brought a serious dose of humor to the genre. They started out as a punk group called the Young Aborigines but thankfully got a better name and a better sound. Plus, they make the best videos EVER.
He's the Elvis of hip-hop. Eminem walked into a black world and made a name not by being a clown but by being the most serious voice in the room. He showed that white America can be as angry as black America- it's class, more than color, which keeps us down. Eminem, for a moment, was the spokesperson for the Hip-Hop Nation.
Yes, Vanilla Ice. Say what you will about that goofy haircut and those goofy pants. Say what you will about his Celebrity Boxing beating by Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges. Ice fell on the white hip-hop sword so dudes like Eminem could get to the mountaintop. Thanks, Ice, for taking the hit.
A big ol' Southern boy with Timbaland backing him up: how could you not dig it? Bubba's music is full of rich irony and stereotypes turned on their head. I know "Ugly" is the song everyone was talking about in 2001, but I dig the grooves and rhyme of "Lovely" a whole lot more. Who wouldn't want to be lovely instead of ugly?
Her landmark 1981 recording "Rapture" earned her a place in hip-hop history. It's arguably the first rap record EVER. She's brought the Bronx to the 'burbs, and she's easier to look at than any of the dudes on this list.
by Shawn Amos, GetBack.com
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