With the current trend of hip-hop artists landing starring roles in reality television shows, Midwest rapper Freddie Gibbs has weighed in and called any affiliated emcee weak for cashing in on the wave.
The outspoken rapper said hip-hop artists should stick to their craft rather than invest time in making a name for themselves in front of a camera.
“I think that’s wack. I think you weak if you’re on a reality show, really,” Gibbs said when asked for his take on rappers landing starring roles in reality television shows. “You know what I mean? I think you should just do your music and do your thing and if you’re mad at me saying that, come see me.” (WGCI)
Last month, OutKast’s Big Boi revealed his disinterest in joining the reality television movement.
“They’ve been begging me to do it for years. My family is the only privacy I have right now. I would need to see what kind of light they want to put on me. I don’t want to do TV if it’s a show looking at how much money I got or how rich I am. I also want to control the editing. I’m about making music and spending time with my family. I’ve been in the spotlight so long that I’m looking for something different.” (ESPN)
In summer 2012, fellow Atlanta rapper and “Love & Hip Hop” cast member Lil Scrappy spoke to SOHH about hip-hop artists swaying away from reality television shows.
“I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t think [it’s rappers being less] camera shy, I just think there’s certain people that let it be known they are super thugs and they are super human and if they were to let people into their life and have them find out that they weren’t super, that they just like them, they probably wouldn’t feel them as much. Whatever they would try to put out there [on store shelves] wouldn’t work, you feel me? Only certain people can be loved for being real. Sometimes people are a little too real, get carried away and so you wouldn’t know.” (SOHH)
Last year, rapper-turned-actor Ice-T spoke to SOHH about America’s obsession with reality television.
“One thing about my [‘Ice Loves Coco’] show is we never showed the hype,” Ice told SOHH, defending his reality series’ content amongst its competition. “My show really isn’t about the hype, it’s more like ‘I Love Lucy’ more than anything. My show was an anti-reality show. It’s kind of like watching me play X-Box and some bullsh*t but everybody enjoyed it. The highlight of my show is getting some grease on my shirt from a sandwich. You know? So you don’t really need all that hype. If you’re quality, you don’t need to be throwing drinks at people’s faces and doing all that dumb stunt sh*t. You know? But the world is f*cked up right now. The world cares more about what b*tch is wearing a weave than how motherf*cking much the defense budget is.” (SOHH)
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