Let's face it, hip-hop is pretty stupid.
Not, like, inherently. Because it used to be about self-reflection, empowerment, and fun. Now, though, the mainstream rap community's message can be boiled down to a handful of misguided concepts, spewed and propagated by lying hacks.
There's almost nothing enlightening about radio-friendly rap music. And here are the five most annoying buzzwords on the air.
Honestly, this word is dead. We used to argue about who invented it. But most "en vogue" lyricists have buried, mourned, and moved on from this hideous beast. This doesn't mean pop culture has paid any mind to the tides of time. Unless you're using the word ironically (and honestly, just don't), letting the term "swag" roll off your tongue is like walking around with "total asshole" stamped on your forehead. Let it go.
This is another buzzword that's more than outlived its welcome. But it still refuses to leave the party. We're looking at you, white collegiate America. Only some kind of imbecile could lift a Drake lyric about nothing and turn it into a rallying cry for an entire generation's every regrettable decision. But it's not just half-witted frat bros and sorostitutes that are to blame. Remember that aspiring rapper who drunk-tweeted "Y.O.L.O." before he crashed his car going 120mph and died? Enough said. Thusly, Drake changed the working title of his album from YOLO to Nothing Was the Same.
Smart people like to do stupid things because they can get away with it. Unfortunately, if a lot of smart people start espousing ignorant values because it's "fun," a lot of real-life morons start to feel better about themselves. Then everybody gets really obnoxious and self-righteous about their shortcomings. Guess what, America? These "go-dumb" movers and shakers are not actually stupid, but you are. We'd bet our meager wages that Waka Flocka actually reads a lot, but most of your aspiring wannabes probably misinterpret the message. Open a dictionary once in a while and expand your minds.
Yep, it's everywhere. We bemoaned this one for the damage it's caused the "EDM" community, but you sound just as stupid saying "mollies" with diamonds in your mouth as you do gnawing a blinky binky. Hey dummy, you can't pop "a molly." It's naturally in plural form. And Ross, slipping some in a girl's drink is definitely no fucking good. Contrary to popular belief, this drug can be harmful to your body. And if you're already "ignant" as fuck, screaming "YOLO" with a "swag" shirt on, chances are, you're an idiot on a path to destruction. You're why people make fun of this generation.
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Fuck the bullshit. But "real" died with Tupac and Biggie in the '90s. Nothing about modern hip-hop is "real." None of you mainstream rappers are "real." Your rhymes aren't "real." Your Auto-Tuned voices aren't "real." Your threats aren't "real." Your girlfriend's hair, nails, nose, and body aren't "real." Your money isn't "real." Everything about you is a lie, and these doped-up masses are buying it hook, line, and sinker. This "ignant" rap game is a pretty nice scam. And as long as everyone stays geeked on mollies, they may never notice the difference. Just keep rackin', stackin', and slackin' until the party's over. You only live once.