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White Females Can Be Rappers Too, Just Not Kreayshawn

Earlier this summer when I first watched Kreayshawn’s video “Gucci Gucci,” I thought to myself this had to be a parody of some sort. From her doorknocker earrings, laced diamond medallions, bubble gum lyrics and the homemade quality video production, I swore this was a practical joke.

Unfortunately, the industry is serious. One day even I saw a tweet from Columbia Records publicizing a recent performance of the label’s new artist. Then I found out she was recently nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, pitting her against Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Foster The People and Tyler, The Creator. Given this is a new artist category; the other candidates have many songs and production credits besides one homemade viral video. Not that I expect MTV to be the judge of “good music” when they have started to erase music videos from their programming a long time ago, but still.

Recently, Kreayshawn and her crew, White Girl Mob, found themselves back in the media involving the use of the N-word. In an interview with Complex magazine, the rapper addressed the criticism of her friend and fellow WGM members, V-Nasty and DJ Lil’ Debbie. Interesting enough, when Kreayshawn stopped by the Breakfast Club, Charlamagne Tha God showed her much more respect than he did Lil Mama, who he harshly criticized until she started to cry. During the interview, the Oakland native opened up about her sexuality, and her relationship with fellow rappers in the industry.

I would never say white people could not be apart of the hip-hop culture because that would be counter to what we already know. White DJs, emcees, b-boys, and graffiti artists have played an important role within the culture since its beginning. Besides, good music is good music. But music is a business, and like any other business, trying to find the balance isn’t always simple. Everyone has the right to consume music any way they please. It would be unfair to discriminate against race, lifestyle and gender roles when extending the token of who can participate and who cannot. So I can roll with a white girl rapper or group, but I just cannot get with Kreayshawn. Her image just does not seem authentic.

All hip-hop is not created equal. Hip-hop has always long-suffered from artists constantly portraying absurd and unrealistic images portraying a false lifestyle.  The hip-hop culture itself has evolved since its humble beginning where now rappers have crossed many racial lines of acceptance penetrating into the white household.

Enters Kreayshawn.

Everything about Kreayshawn screams gimmick from her vernacular to her style of dress. Everything! Still I get disguisted because she is here and I still have to question, are we really serious?

Amidst all of the press, million YouTube views and misappropriation of the Black culture, my prediction is that she will not break any sales records. Are we ready for a white female rapper to finally cross over into the mainstream? Sure. But Kreayshawn is not the one. Although she's been the talk of the blogs lately, she is overhyped.  I have yet to hear her single “Gucci Gucci” on the radio, and everyone I know isn't impressed by her lazy rhymes and annoying delivery.  With her debut album projected to be released later this year, Kreayshawn is still going to be a flop. If only hype could be a sustainable business model, this time next year nobody is going to be checking for her. Forget going platinum, Kreayshawn will be lucky enough if she goes wood.

Drew-Shane Daniels is a Philadelphia based writer who offers his two cents on pop culture, lifestyle, sexuality and entertainment. His work has been featured on Global Grind, Soul Train and Clutch Magazine. You can also follow him on Twitter @drewshane.

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In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

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Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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