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|or docados now, rap has boon
tho voh|c|o tor dr|v|ng a doc|dod|y
urban Amor|can droam narrat|vo -
- a |orat|o A|gor-osquo ta|o ot
rags to r|chos. And accord|ng to
1ay-Z, you can bo ºr|ght noxt to 0o
l|roº and st||| bo ºhood torovor.º
3ut |nstoad ot tho hood, what |t
you spont your ||to ºdown |n
1r|3oCaº or up on tho Wost 3|do
or out |n Groonw|ch? What can
you poss|b|y rap about |t you'vo
summorod |n tho |amptons and not |ar|om?
Your tathor may bo an Acadomy Award-nom|natod actor ( Chot |azo's 1om |anks) or tho toundor ot a b||||on-
do||ar tash|on omp|ro (l|ch |||'s 1ommy |||t|gor), or, qu|to poss|b|y, your grandtathor ushorod |n an ora ot
rock mus|c (lab|o 0y|an's 3ob 0y|an), and now you want to bo a rappor. 3or|ous|y?
Ouost|ons as|do about tho|r |mpotus or |nsp|rat|on, th|s odd |ot ot co|obr|ty-progony rappors has bocomo a
phonomonon worthy ot mont|on |n tho low York Obsorvor, tho |utt|ngton lost and tho Un|tod K|ngdom's tho
Guard|an, among othor nows out|ots.
1ho humor ot tho s|tuat|on abounds: amatour rappors ot co|ob patorna| or|g|n compar|ng thomso|vos |n
grand|oso tash|on to cu|tura| hoavywo|ghts ||ko Votown toundor 3orry Gordy or bona t|do b||||ona|ros, ||ko
v|rg|n's l|chard 3ranson. And ot courso, thoro aro tho |||ustrat|vo ta|os ot a tumu|tuous Connoct|cut ||to.
lt wou|d bo caro|oss to prosumo that thoro's somo unspokon proroqu|s|to to bo|ng a rappor today, as |t tho
rap contag|on t|oats on|y |n tho sk|os ovor 3odtord-3tuyvosant |n low York C|ty or tho 3outh 3|do ot Ch|cago.
l spont attornoons watch|ng Aubroy Graham's whoo|cha|r-r|ddon 1|mmy 3rooks charactor z|p across my
scroon on Logrossl wo|| botoro drown|ng out to 0r|zzy on tho lod l|no. 0rako's snappy bars and hypnot|c
psoudo-rap croon|ng probab|y d|dn't como trom attond|ng day schoo|. And tor that mattor, Kanyo's comty
suburban-Ch|cago upbr|ng|ng |s not cons|dorod tho potr| d|sh ot rap suporstardom.
Wh||o thoro may not bo a surot|ro tormu|a to bocom|ng a succosstu| rap art|st, ono th|ng sooms constant:
ta|ont. l'|| avo|d a podant|c sp|o| on raco and woa|th, but |t's not unroasonab|o to scrut|n|zo whon tho ottspr|ng
ot wh|to att|uonco adapt a gonro ot mus|c prov|ous|y appropr|atod by b|acks as a moans ot c|v|| protost.
3ut l d|gross. |oro aro throo rappors w|th qu|to tho unconvont|ona| pod|groos. 3po||or a|ort: lo mattor tho
patorn|ty or bank account, ||| |s worth tho ||ston, |azo |s wondortu||y amus|ng and 0y|an, wo||, you just havo
to soo tor yourso|t.
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Who: Chot Eazo, 21
ChiId ot Actor 1om Eanka
Bohind tho muaic: 1om |anks'
budd|ng |yr|c|st ot a son doosn't
to|gn somo hood ||to, so thoro's
||tt|o gr|t to h|s rap. ln h|s W|z
Kha||ta rom|x ºWh|to and lurp|o,º
ho rops h|s schoo|, lorthwostorn
Un|vors|ty, wh||o rapp|ng about a
cushy studont ||to |n Evanston, l||. |azo's ºWost 3|do l.A.º p|ays ||ko a contomporary h|p-hop tako on
somoth|ng stra|ght out ot tho 3oach 3oys' Pot 5oooos, w|th |otty doscr|pt|ons ot tho good ||to |n sunny 3anta
Von|ca, Ca||t. -- lac|t|c la||sados, to bo oxact.
W|th tour ot h|s songs swarm|ng tho|r way around tho lntornot -- |nc|ud|ng tho pop-hoavy, 3w|zz 3oatz-
producod odo to h|s homotown º|o||ywoodº -- op|n|ons aro strong, vonomous and d|v|s|vo. Wo||, as tho
astuto aphor|sm goos, ºhators gonna hato,º |nc|ud|ng tho protossod arb|tors ot anyth|ng and ovoryth|ng at
Gawkor. 3ut why aro wo so op|n|onatod about a co||og|ato thosp|an-turnod-rappor?
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Who: Rich EiI, 20
ChiId ot Doaignor 1ommy EiItigor
Bohind tho muaic: lot's ca|| tho
tattoo-|adon ||| tho hoad honcho
ot tho wh|to-co|obr|ty-progony rap
gamo. |o's a tar cry trom tho
soorsuckor-donn|ng
|ampton|ans who adorn h|s
tathor's tash|on ads. Aproud
lutmoggor who roportod|y wont on h|p-hop t|o|d tr|ps as a young toon t|ankod by a tam||y bodyguard,
accord|ng to tho low York Obsorvor, ||| undorstands whoro ho grow up as wo|| as h|s stat|on, ho just
doosn't agroo w|th thom. ºlot ovorybody trom 1oxas got a t---|ng cowboy hat, you know?º ho to|d tho
Obsorvor.
|||'s atmosphor|c and hoav||y producod sty|o |s ||ko an ovoroxposod p|cturo -- thoro's boauty |n |ts d|stort|on.
||| asp|ros to bo tho bost rappor to como out ot Connoct|cut, and ho just may bo. ||s unadu|toratod and
moroso vorsos and boats aro k|n to thoso ot tr|ond and 1oronto-basod l83 croonor tho Wooknd, whoso
shout-out, |ogond has |t, rocont|y got ||| s|gnod to Warnor 3ros.
3ut whothor you'ro ||ston|ng to h|m sp||| h|s sou| on ºlovo Vy lovoº or drop a tow ||| bars on ºCook|os 8 App|o
1u|co,º |t's oasy to soo h|s jump |nto rap as contr|vod or d|s|ngonuous. |||'s transtormat|on trom a moro
att|uont ottspr|ng to ono w|th stroot crod may havo como on|y attor tattoo s|oovos and court-ordorod rohab,
but thoro's somo amount ot ta|ont thoro. And that ra|sos tho quost|on: Who and what dot|no rap and h|p-hop
today?
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Who: PabIo DyIan, 15
CrandchiId ot 5ingor-5ongwritor
Bob DyIan
Bohind tho muaic: 1h|s k|d's
corta|n|y not shy about r|d|ng on
tho coatta||s ot h|s grandtathor's
b|uos-rock tamo. 0y|an's º1op ot
tho Wor|d,º ott ot h|s m|xtapo 10
Vlootos, |s an unabashod 8-1/2-
m|nuto attompt at 0r|zzy-osquo
croon|ng, w|th vorsos r|to w|th gratu|tous |mmodosty. ln botwoon ºro|nvont|ng sound,º 0y|an |ots us know that
ºb|tchos a|ways hato [h|m| 'causo thoy know thoy cou|dn't got somo.º ln ºl'm on Ono,º 0y|an |ots ||stonors |n
on h|s ||to as a vll, |nc|ud|ng h|s |ovo ot latron shots.
l'm |oss ottondod by 0y|an's undorago approc|at|on tor tho do||c|ous b|uo agavo ||bat|on than l am by h|s
ovorwrought attompt at pass|ng ott rubb|sh as go|d. 3ut thon aga|n, h|p-hop hasn't takon much to modosty --
maybo rapp|ng about sox and boozo |s tho portoct |n tor a 1b-yoar-o|d. lt 1ay and Yoozy can do |t, why can't
0y|an?
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