SOHH Whatcha Think: Snitching on Wax vs. Rap Tell-Alls: Which Is The Bigger Sucker Move? [Click Here & Speak]
Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 3:20PM
"And if you get jammed up, don't mention my name." Young Jeezy
Whether it's who got shot over the Reeboks or the condoms in the baby seat, old beefs live on through music - and more recently, in literature. Because of radio spins and the Internet, the stories told in song may reach a wide audience, but don't sleep on those biographies: The hood is checkin' for 'em. So when artists with street ties share their story - whether on book or wax - the streets pay attention.
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But which one is worse -- The tell-all book or the name-dropping single? Maybe it depends on the topic. Ok, let's talk about sex. Though not an artist, Karrine "Superhead" Steffan's 2005 memoir Confessions of a Video Vixen caused uproar in the rap community. Two years later, The Game dropped a song that basically did the same thing. The reaction wasn't nearly as severe.
Prodigy put out his book, My Infamous Life and it seemed like every artist from Queens had a problem with it. Former Mobb Deep associate Ty Nitty is the latest to speak out, telling DJ Cocoa Chanelle that although Prodigy spoke on an incident he himself has spoken about in song, he just wasn't feeling the admission.
"Basically, he dry snitched on an incident that I never, ever spoke about in my life, you know what I'm sayin'? I talk about it in my music, but I never really had to explain what happened until Prodigy wrote that book."(I Am Cocoa)
Ty's statement somewhat contradicts itself. I was always under the impression that talking was talking. Whether it was in a book, on a song or sign language, shouldn't name dropping and wreckless story telling be judged equally? Maybe that's no longer the case. The Prodigy fiasco and Superhead's jaw-dropping (literally) tales paint the picture that a book is more dangerous than a song, until you bring up this throwback that is rumored to have almost gotten 50 Cent killed:
Maybe the book is just as bad as the hook.
SOHH Whatcha Think? The tell all book or snitching on wax, which is the bigger sucker move?
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]