The White Rapper

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When people think of rap music, do they automatically think of a white rapper? Many people would feel that hip-hop can only be represented by African-Americans. They feel that rappers can only be African-American and that no white rappers can be accepted. To some hip-hop is strictly a part of African-American culture. Should it be allowed to be part of the white culture as well? In the article “Hip-hop Realness and the White Performer” by Mickey Hess, it shows the different strategies that white rappers have used to try to establish their hip-hop legitimacy. Often at times, a rappers success is achieved through their experiences of social struggle to get to where they are today. White rappers will try to imitate the African-American’s struggle to succeed as a hip-hop artist. The article also emphasizes that white people are not credible within rap music, because hip-hop shows the rap artist’s social struggle. One artist that does not try to imitate the African-American struggle is Eminem, who has gone through the same hardships as any other hip-hop artist. There is also a point that is brought up where hip-hop music’s majority is made up of white listeners and buyers. Attention to the white society is crucial, because it will always stand as the dominant culture. Hip-hop is best identified with the African-American culture. For that, there are quite a few white rappers who have tried to imitate the story of “rags-to-riches” from black artists to gain acceptance within hip-hop. In the 1980s, Vanilla Ice succeeded in becoming a rapper using claims of coming from a background of poverty and crime. He even came out with a biography that said that he had been stabbed in a gang fight. His biography was quickly disproven. In reality, Vanilla Ice spent his childhood in Dallas suburbs, and was a lot wealthier and less gang related than he had described. His false claims and

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