I was reading that post about riff raff and there were some good points but what about rappers like eminen who also grew up with rap? He is arguably very well respected in the rap world i mean the only criticism you ever hear about him is that his songs are offensive and not that hes a white man rapping. The only explanation i could come up with is that Eminem has a pretty serious persona unlike riff raff whose over the top personality comes off as a caricature of "ghetto" cuture, thoughts?
A lot of you guys don’t seem to understand the point I was making. If Eminem and Riff Raff grew up immersed in hip hop culture, that’s fine, they can do music and live their life. I have no issue with that.
But that does not change the fact that the culture is not theirs, it does not belong to them, they are participating outsiders.
Not that he’s the defining final word on the subject, but Eminem has said from his own mouth that he makes “Black music” which is a prominent element of Black culture. This cannot be argued.
Eminem has always grasped the fact that he’s operating in a Black artform and Black culture.
How many Black friends someone had when they were growing up, or where they grew up, or how they dress, or how much clout they’ve gained with Black people is irrelevant to my main point.
I asked that cultural appropriation question because I keep seeing people say that Riff Raff is appropriating hip hop culture. But, like, he’s always been like that, since I ever found out he he was several years ago. And he’s been rapping since I was in like 8th grade. I guess since he’s gotten a bit more popular this past year or so people think he just came up out of the blue and started rapping and being hip hoppy because it’s cool.
I think it’s a really good question and discussion to have because this isn’t something he just seemingly dropped into as a persona from the look of it.
I don’t think appropriation is something you’re immune to because you started while you’re a teenager.
Riff Raff may not be in the Miley Cyrus category of “cultural tourism”, as in people who acted one way growing up and then suddenly became engrossed in hip hop culture as an adult, but he’s still adopting a culture that is not his own.
But like, he grew up in Houston, around rap. It wasn’t like he was from the mountains of Montana and then decided to try something different. I just find it difficult to consider him offensive or anything if he isn’t picking and choosing things just to be cool. He lives the life fully: his actions and his mindset. It’s who he is.
It sounds like we’re talking about two different things. I never once used the word offensive nor did I ever imply anything negative about the way he lives his life.
I was just pointing out that he is a participant in a culture that does not belong to him.
Doesn’t growing up surrounded by something and it being a part of you make it yours? Or is it not his simply because he isn’t black?
“Doesn’t growing up surrounded by something and it being a part of you make it yours?”
No. It does not.
If I were born in Tokyo and lived my life doing what they do and living how they lived, that does not mean Japanese culture belongs to me. Nor would I ever be looked at as an equal (I’m not implying that I’d be treated badly, but it would be understood by everyone that I am not Japanese and somewhat of an outsider).
REMINDER: if you have a vagina and want to use Plan B as an emergency contraceptive, it loses effectiveness if you weigh more than 165 lbs (74.84 kg) and is completely ineffective for those that weight more than 176 lbs (79.83 kg) (x)
Whhhhat? Excuse me. Let me spread the shit out of this.
Raphael - The realest nigga in the entire series. Truth be told, if it wasn’t a kids show Raph would have probably caught a few bodies. He was ill-tempered and had pent of sexual frustration of being a teenager but there were no female turtles walking around. He was doomed to a sexless life and took it out on Shredder’s goons.
Casey Jones - Everybody know he was beating April O’Neal’s pussy down every chance he got. That bad boy image got him all the pootie.
Donatello - He had the shittiest weapon out of all the turtles but he was smart and shit. He was prolly working on a secret formula to turn him back into a human.
Splinter - Although it wasn’t explicitly stated, Splinter was the biggest pimp in cartoon history. Ole lazy ass dirty ass rat nigga laying in a sewer doing nothing all day, sending these 4 teenage kids out into the world to fight his battles and fetch him food. He was an old mooch who didn’t have the benefit of social security so he took means into his own hands.
Krang - This nigga was a brain with arms. He had wrinkled ass nub arms and a mouth. He was the most sophisticated brain to ever exist. I bet he shoved those little brain nub arms in a woman’s pussy at least 3 or 4 times just because he was pimpin like that.