I decided to make today’s YTT about the lovely poll I concocted last night. I figured “guest rapper” would be the right name, but people are still scratching their heads! A guest rapper is someone who is featured on a track-it’s not their song, but they just pop in and say hi, maybe do a shout-out. Having a featured artist on a song is more and more commonplace-I don’t know if it’s an “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” kind of thing, or if the record companies force an artist to work with another up and coming star for some name recognition (and holy crap as I write this I have completely forgotten to add Eminem to the poll. Shit!).
First on the poll is Ludacris. He’s gettin' soft on us, as his latest collaboration is with Justin Beiber. Justin Bieber! My favorite rap of his by far is from Missy Elliott’s “Gossip Folks”-whenever his part comes on, I have to rap along with it. I’m cool. His part is about 2:30 in.
Next is the S to the N to the double O P…Snoop Dogg. Doesn’t everyone know who Snoop is, even if you don’t listen to rap? He’s the guy who gave us the hizzle for shizzle! Snoop was discovered by Dr. Dre, and was a gangsta thug for most of his rap career. Then he became a pee wee football coach. Okay. Here he is in Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”.
Then there is Jay-Z, a.k.a Hov, a.k.a Mr. Beyonce a.k.a The Best Rapper Alive (not if the next guy on the poll has anything to say about it!). I don’t think he has yet to get soft, and he only gives his contributions to a handful of artists. I think everyone and their mom has heard Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (ella ella eh eh eh), and he’s the dude that raps the intro.
And lastly is Kanye. Oh, Kanye, Kanye, Kanye. I love him. I don’t give a damn if he’s an egotistical jerk-off! You may not know his music, but you probably know him as the dude with no tact. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”? “Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of ALL TIME!!!” ring a bell? He’s in every song under the sun, but I decided to go back in the day and post him in Twista’s “Slow Jamz” video, if only for the line “she’s got a light-skinned friend (look like Michael Jackson), got a dark-skinned friend (look like Michael Jackson)'”. Priceless. He comes in about 0:35.
I was thinking about some of the write-in candidates for the poll (like Kid Cudi, Kid Rock and Wyclef Jean), but I don’t think they have as much guest output as these four do (or else I would have put Drake and Pitbull on the poll). So…this means today I did a whole blog post about rap. That’s awesome! I think at around 25 my ears decided not to be snobs anymore. What I mean is, if a singer that was generally crap had a catchy song, by principle I wouldn’t listen to it because it wasn’t “my” type of music. Now I can listen to everything-even Justin Bieber (if I wanted to, and I DON’T, thankyouverymuch!). With that note I’d like to add a final music video about the best music moment of 2010: New Kids and Backstreet Boys at the AMA’s. Yep. THAT JUST HAPPENED. I watched it and was giddy! My first music crush was good ol’ Jordan Knight. So this made me pee my pants like I was 10 again. Enjoy! Pick your dreamboat!