Guest Star: "When Dudes Start Showing Chains They Robbed From Somebody It Gets Out Of Hand"
Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 3:50PM
[In light of the use of technology being predominant in today's hip-hop, battle emcee pioneer Kool G Rap shares his thoughts on rap beefs fueled by the Internet.]
I think anything in hip-hop as far as battles should be kept in the music. It really shouldn't go as far as [taking it to] the streets, and when it does start to go into the streets, it turns into an entirely different thing. That's beef. That's drama. And rhyming is rhyming.
I think people should keep the two separated. If it's about battle raps, it could be anywhere. Like any outlet for music or visual, we're in such a technology state where you could go on a website like YouTube and just pull up a bunch of visual material and hip-hop music or whatever you want to put up on there is going to follow suit.
I don't really feel like battle raps should be left [strictly] on the radio or kept on records, but not on YouTube. I think when dudes start showing chains that they robbed from somebody then that's when it gets out of hand. It's stupid to me because you wind up incriminating yourself. That's gossip sh*t.
I'm really not into 'who did what to who and who's doing what to them', all of that is gossip sh*t. And even back in the day, I was never really with that when it was just gossip in the streets. I'm really not one to gossip, so I don't follow it on YouTube, I don't follow it on nobody's website, like who is dissing who, I'm really not concerned with it.
In the end, [gossip-fueled beef] does nothing for me. It don't put no money in my pocket and it doesn't take care of my family, so I have no interest for it. That's pretty much the bottom line.
Kool G Rap is a renowned hip-hop veteran who made a name for himself in the 1980's as a member of the legendary Juice Crew. Kool G Rap is regarded as a hugely influential golden age emcee who helped motivate artists like Nas, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and more.